Boston, MA, 08/14/2014 (medicalmarijuanareporter) – After certain revelations about wrong information provided by some of the marijuana dealers to get licenses, state regulators have decided to follow background checks and scrutinize applicant’s forms in detailed manner during verification stage of the approval process. This decision may benefit bigger companies like Plandai Biotechnology Inc. (OTCMKTS:PLPL) as several players will be weeded out in the whole process of verification.
Selection Of The Best
One of the security firms conducted about 100 background verifications on additional basis including investigative interviews. Out of twenty finalists, about 50% of the applicants were removed as several of them misrepresented facts about meetings with key officials. Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts also clarified that providing false information or hiding the fact won’t help in getting license to run marijuana business.
Despite of this pledge, state still granted licenses to two companies on provisional basis. Their Directors showed that they are college graduates on the application form. The state Representative and a Democrat from Jamaica Plain, Jeffrey Sánchez was surprised on finding this flaw. He was assured by the state regarding honest implementation of the verification process but certain cases of misrepresentation of facts concerned him.
Allegations On State
Such disclosures have raised new questions on the working of the state that whether it missed or ignored the key issues with companies’ applications for selling medical marijuana, especially after starting intense verification. The Department of Public Health also confirmed about being aware of this issue but considered it a trivial issue as there is no need of any specific educational qualifications or accreditation to get approval or run marijuana business.
The state also faced with the charges of favoritism. Applicants complained that state was unable to solve problems with other companies due to political connections. In several cases, state rejected several applications on finding out that meetings with local officials were also misrepresented. While is other cases, state asked companies and organizations to remove directors or executives whose background checking revealed any kind of embarrassing information.