Whether Westborough is eyed for any of them was unclear Friday.
"Applicants were not required to submit a town in this stage of the application process," DPH Media Relations Manager Anne Roach said.
The DPH said it received 181 applications total.
"Under Phase 1, dispensary applicants will be reviewed for, among other things, non-profit status and financial viability. Applicants must also report whether any member of their proposed organization has a felony drug conviction," the DPH website notes.
The DPH website also notes that "Applicants who meet the qualifications in Phase 1 will be eligible to proceed to Phase 2 this fall where a selection committee will conduct an in-depth review and select dispensaries through a competitive process. The committee will evaluate and score Phase 2 applications based on such factors as appropriateness of the site, geographical distribution of dispensaries, local support, and the applicant’s ability to meet the overall health needs of registered patients, while ensuring public safety."
"The voter-approved law allows DPH to register up to 35 non-profit Registered Marijuana Dispensaries across the state, with at least one but no more than five dispensaries per county.
"DPH anticipates that the Phase 1 review will be completed by mid September. At that time, the list of applicants who make it to Phase 2 will be made available to the public."Voters at Westborough's March annual town meeting approved the planning board's proposed zoning bylaw amendment regulating medical marijuana treatment and dispensing facilities, as well as marijuana cultivation.
The initial proposal included a total ban, with the restrictions as a fall-back option in case the Massachusetts attorney general's office struck down such a local ban.
However, the attorney general's office struck down Wakefield's ban days before Westborough voted.
The Westborough planning board then asked voters to strike the bylaw language regarding its proposed ban.