As of Sept. 10, there were also 205 parents or guardians who had registered to purchase medical weed on behalf of their children.
The Board of Pharmacy maintains no records indicating the number of applications awaiting processing, or those that have been denied. So it’s hard to get a decent picture of how swamped the license-pipeline is.
The board currently has three workers processing medical marijuana licenses, and it’s looking to hire three more. And, the agency “is actively acquiring a new licensing software system that will facilitate a more efficient licensure process,” Powers said in an email.
Little of the above offers any clue as to when my friend and I can expect to receive our licenses. But at that time we’ll be able to go shopping at RISE on West Main Street in Salem, the local medical-pot dispensary.
Among other things, they’re currently selling (to registered license-holders only) edibles at $50 to $55 for a 10 pack, “concentrate” (which resembles hashish) for $90 per gram and four grades of medical weed: CrescendO, Gshers, Jack Frost and something called Purple Pineapple.
The list prices on the latter are $65 for 3.5 grams — that’s an eighth on an ounce. All four are currently “on sale” for $55.25 per eighth-ounce. That sale price works out to $442 per ounce. (By the way, RISE accepts cash only, but there’s an ATM on the premises.)