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BOSTON (AP) — Medical marijuana advocates say they are frustrated with Gov. Deval Patrick's administration because the long-promised dispensaries where patients can purchase the drug are still not open.

The Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance says patients, family members and advocates will gather at the Massachusetts Statehouse at 11 a.m. on Monday to urge Patrick to address their concerns before he leaves office in January. The governor isn't seeking re-election.

The state's medical marijuana law allows for up to 35 nonprofit dispensaries, but just 11 dispensaries have been provisionally certified so far. Many are not expected to open until early next year.

Matt Allen, head of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, has accused the administration of delaying the opening of the dispensaries because of politics.

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