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Generally speaking, the Grand Master of a jurisdiction has the power to permit masons to engage in things normally not permitted. For example, wearing masonic regalia in public or receiving an application from a candidate outside the normal jurisdiction. Or to initiate a candidate under the accepted age. All of these activities fall to the grand master to exercise his perogatives after serious consideration and with a good reason for the permission to be given. Normally our regular conduct is directed by the rules and regulations of our grand lodge. Thus a dispensation is proper permission to dispense with the regular way of doing things.