Northampton medical marijuana dispensary failed to provide low-income discounts

New England Treatment Access, with medical marijuana dispensaries in Northampton and Brookline, incorrectly put low-income clients on waiting lists for discounted products, according to a report by the Boston Globe.The dispensaries had actually declared their monetary challenge programs were complete.

State policies require that dispensaries provide discounts for anyone with a confirmed financial hardship, without any cap on the number. Discounts have to be readily available for individuals on Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, or with annual earnings below $11,880 for one person or $24,300 for a household of four.

In response to the Globe, NETA stated the company is "right away removing all clients from the waiting list, positioning them in the hardship program, and reorganizing our present challenge program in collaboration with the state."

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said it will now inspect hardship programs as part of its regular inspections. Any dispensary found in offense may be required to send a plan of correction.The rules do not state the quantity of cannabis that have to be marked down, or the rate decrease, leaving that to each company's discretion.

Just six dispensaries have actually opened since voters approved medical marijuana in 2013, with lots more making their way through the regulative process.New England Treatment Access opened its 118 Conz St. center in October 2015 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included regional dignitaries.