SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Amherst select board received a letter from Hampden Care in August expressing interest in opening a medical marijuana dispensary.
In the Notice of Intent, the nonprofit said they’re “seeking to locate a registered marijuana dispensary in the town of Amherst.” They list potential benefits ranging from permanent employment, to increased tax revenue and increased economic activity.
Andrew Dixon of Amherst told 22News he worries about dispensaries close to the colleges. He fears that students who don’t need medicinal marijuana will find a way to get a card.
“I think the medical conditions is the obvious need for the shop but the shop isn’t making more business off the people who actually need medical marijuana versus the kids that can just get the license,” said Dixon.
According to Amherst’s Interim Town Manager, the select board isn’t allowed to support or oppose the proposal until the organization chooses a location for a dispensary.
22News found out that Hampden Care has also submitted an application to the Hadley Board of Health.