8. 100 businesses apply to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Mass.
Massachusetts residents head into 2014 poised to learn where the state’s first medical marijuana dispensaries will be located. Voters approved a ballot initiative in the fall of 2012 that legalized use of marijuana for medical treatment, and state regulators spent much of this past year crafting regulations and narrowing the initial field of 181 initial dispensary applicants to 100, who submitted applications by the November deadline. Regulators aim to announce the names of the finalists by the end of January. The 2012 ballot initiative stipulated that health officials could register up to 35 dispensaries in the first year, with no more than five per county.