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Northampton Medical Marijuana Dispensary On Hold


NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Medical marijuana patients in Western Massachusetts may have to wait longer to get their marijuana.

The application to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Northampton has been put on hold by Governor Patrick.

New England Treatment Access wants to open a medical marijuana dispensary on Conz Street, but the Governor says the applicant, Kevin Fisher, falsely claimed to be a college graduate.

So the governor put the brakes on the application until the state gets to the bottom of the issue.

Meanwhile, advocates of medical marijuana say the state is dragging its feet and has already taken too long to open a dispensary.

“The department needs to think about the patients, that’s the bottom line here. It’s the patients who deserve legal access to this medicine,” says Attorney Richard Evans.

Those who agree with the Governor say the false claim to be a college graduate is a big red flag.

“I don’t think you need a college education to own a medical marijuana dispensary. I do think everyone should be honest including the government and the people,” says Trevor Clunes of Amherst.

In the meantime, people wonder when that medical marijuana dispensary will come to Western Massachusetts.

“I think it’s helpful for people, I think it’s a great way for them to feel better and anything we can do to help people with M.S. and who have cancer and are sick, I think that’s great,” says Dion Berte.

Governor Patrick’s office issued a statement on Thursday which in part read: “Our goal is ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality dispensaries , as the governor has said, if someone has lied on their application, they will not get a license. New England Treatment Access’s application is on hold until they are able to suitably address this issue.”

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