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DeLeo wants marijuana licenses reviewed

HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DeLEO
HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DeLEOAram Boghosian for The Boston Globe/File

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Amid increasing criticism about the state’s awarding of medical marijuana licences, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo urged state public health officials Wednesday to thoroughly review all 20 winning marijuana dispensary applications to avoid having to restart the entire licensing process.

“I think at the very least we have to look at the places that they have chosen,” DeLeo said during a brief telephone interview Wednesday. “I’m hearing now that a lot of the information on the applications was not verified and that’s, quite frankly, what I have a major problem with.”

DeLeo said he has received numerous complaints from elected officials and some of the unsuccessful applicants that have increased his concerns about whether the state made any effort to verify information that was provided by applicants before awarding provisional licenses last month.

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