- Associated Press - Friday, May 16, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - A state judge has rejected efforts to temporarily halt Massachusetts’ process for licensing medical marijuana dispensaries.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Mary K. Ames denied requests by 1 Releaf Inc., Apex Compassion & Wellness Center and the Striar Center for Compassionate Care to prevent the state from completing the marijuana dispensary licensing process until their cases are adjudicated, according to recent documents filed in the cases.

The three companies had been among 100 applicants, but were not among the 20 chosen by the state Department of Public Health to earn a provisional license in January.

The state faces court challenges from at least two other companies that did not earn a provisional license. Those cases are also pending. The court challenges follow questions over how winning applicants were scored and vetted.

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