NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The company executive accused of lying about graduating college cut all ties to New England Treatment Access, but the state still has the company’s dispensary application on hold.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is only a few steps away from awarding the first round of medical marijuana dispensary licenses, but the only company that made it this far, that proposed a western Massachusetts location might not advance any further.
The state revealed last week, New England Treatment Access Executive Director Kevin Fisher lied on the application about his college degree. Fisher announced over the weekend, he’ll resign.
22News obtained a copy of Kevin Fisher’s resignation letter and a letter from New England Treatment Access that confirms that going forward, Fisher will no longer play any role in the company:
Fisher said in the resignation letter, “It is with a heavy heart that I have arrived at this decision, but given the current climate regarding the error I included in my resume, I feel that this action is necessary.”
The state will keep NETA’s application on hold while they review the management changes. Many people hope if the state disqualifies NETA, other groups will build in this region, so western Massachusetts patients don’t have to travel far.
Robert Hausman said, “If they really need it, yeah I guess it is unfair.” While Joe Lambert of Chicopee said, “For people that need it, they need to come this way a little further. People can’t travel all the way out there if they are ill, obviously.”
The medical marijuana law requires at least one dispensary in each county.
Kevin Fisher’s resignation letter: