Northampton’s marijuana dispensary put on hold

State looking into whether executive lied about being a college graduate

BOSTON (WWLP-AP) — The state government has put a hold on on one company’s bid to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Northampton, while it investigates allegations that a company executive lied by claiming he was a college graduate.

New England Treatment Access Inc. has applied to operate two dispensaries in Massachusetts; one in Northampton and one in Brookline.

The Boston Globe reported that executive director Kevin Fisher said in the application he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Youngstown State University on Ohio. The school said although he attended the university, it has no record he graduated. A screening company hired by the state discovered the missing degree in April.

Fisher also claimed he attended Miami University in Ohio for two years, but school records show he dropped out after one.

Gov. Deval Patrick told 22News State House Reporter Tiffany Chan that this is something they need to look into. “Well, I’ve said before that if you lie on your application that’s, from my perspective, a non-starter. And that application has been put on hold and we’re trying to understand whether, in fact, it was a lie,” Patrick said.

Some Northampton residents don’t think this is a deal breaker. Matt Jarosz said, “I really don’t think for what he’s doing, I mean I don’t really know if it pertains to it. I mean, maybe he might have done something in the past, but it’s very straight forward. Medical dispensary, it’s just marijuana; I don’t think it should be a big deal.”

22News called Kevin Fisher to see if he had any comments. He has not returned my calls.

The Northampton dispensary has been the only one in western Massachusetts allowed to move forward in the state’s review process. Back in June, the state rejected a proposal by Debilitating Medical Condition Treatment Centers, Inc. to open a dispensary in Holyoke.

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