Holyoke medical marijuana dispensary denied

HOLYOKE, Mass (WWLP) — Applicants to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Holyoke have been denied.

On Appleton Street in Holyoke, this building will, for the time being, stay exactly the way it is.

Applicants Herbie Flores from the New England Farm Workers Council and former State Senator Brian Lees were looking to transform the building into a medical marijuana dispensary, but Friday evening the Department of Public Health denied their application.

Flores’ attorney called the decision “unfair and improper” citing that a state audit on Flores’ other nonprofits had something to do with his application getting thrown out.

The state law will allow up to 35 dispensaries in the state.

Of the nearly 200 initial applications, 20 gained first approvals.

But now there are only 11 across the state moving on to the next phase of the application process.

Nine of those applicants who are moving on have proposed dispensaries in the eastern part of the state.

One in central Mass. is moving on

And since the application in Holyoke has been denied, now there is only one other application moving on here in western Massachusetts, and that is in Northampton.

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