Marijuana dispensary to move forward in Northampton

NORTHAMPTON, Mass (WWLP) — State public health officials have now cleared Eleven medical marijuana dispensaries to move forward in the application process.

In Northampton on Conz Street, along the stretch of RT 5 between the I-91 ramp and downtown, is where New England Treatment Access is looking to put their proposed marijuana dispensary.

The state’s Department of Pubic Health announced Friday, that Northampton’s applicant along with 10 others in the state are moving on to the inspection phase of the application process.

Northampton’s applicant Executive Director Kevin Fisher also runs a marijuana business in Colorado

He told 22News if all goes well with the city and the state, the Northampton dispensary could open as early as November 1st.

“We are just in the typical building permit and those type of inspection, so as long as we build everything in a safe manner, we’ll be approved, we assume, at the local level,” Kevin Fisher told 22News.

The head of the state’s medical marijuana program, said the 11 remaining facilities can make preparations to open, but are still subject to those final inspections.

A law approved by state voters in 2012 allows for up to 35 outlets to sell marijuana to patients suffering from conditions including cancer, HIV, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. But implementation of the law has sputtered, and no dispensaries have yet been licensed.

Of 181 original applications, the Department of Public Health gave initial clearance to 20 proposed dispensaries in January, but following Friday’s decision, this Northampton location is the only remaining Western Mass contender.

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