SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Nine companies submitted a proposal to the city of Springfield to open a medical marijuana dispensary by Wednesday’s 2pm deadline for Phase 1. Phase 1 allows someone to establish their plan and general theme and plan for their business.
The nine companies all applied through the state to become a dispensary under the failed provisions established under Governor Deval Patrick’s administration. Governor Charlie Baker revamped the process to license dispensaries like pharmacies.
Shyrravia Hicks of Agawam told, “I think that there should be a medical marijuana dispensary in Springfield because it helps a lot of people with illnesses and stuff, like people with cancer and aids and stuff like that. Help them with pain management.”
A site is not needed until Phase II. The city will review the applications and pre-qualify some for Phase II.
The Springfield applicants include:
GTI – Massachusetts NP Corporation out of Boston. They are run by Chicago businessman Peter Kadens who was the President and co-founder of SoCore Energy, a solar power company, before he sold it. Kadens is a 2000 graduate of Bucknell University.
CommCann Inc. out of Millis, MA. This company is led by Marc Rosenfeld, an attorney and real estate developer. He graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 2007. Rosenfeld is the Manager of Milliston Common, Inc., an attorney at the Rosenfeld Law Offices and the manager of Rosenfeld Realty, Inc.
Mass Alternative Care out of Springfield. Former NHL official Kevin Collins is this companies Chief Executive Officer. He received a degree from American International College in 1972. Collins was the National Hockey League’s Officiating Manager from 2004 to 2014.
ETHCX, Inc. out of Springfield. According to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s corporation website the company’s President is Salman Ali who was a medical marijuana patient and caregiver in Kalamazoo, Michigan, when in 2009 had his home raided by members of the Southwest Michigan Enforcement Team and had 12 marijuana plants, enclosed in a locked facility as required by law, taken by the police. He later sued the Township to return his plants. Springfield’s John J. Wysocki Jr. is the companies Vice President. Moeed Saeed of Oak Brook, IL is the Director and Secretary.
Mass Medi-SPA, Inc. out of Nantucket. This company applied to be a dispensary in Nantucket and Norwell. Its’ President is Jeffrey Roos, who is also a corporate member of the management company South Shore BioPharma, LLP. and Executive Producer of Training & Quality for DISH Network. Roos is a 2005 graduate of Dickinson College.
Liberty Compassion Center Inc. out of Blackstone, MA. James Lomastro, who received a Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 1976 is the CEO. Lomastro served as the Administrator of Willimansett Center East from 2012-2015 and before then was an Administrator at the Northampton Rehabilitation Center.
Hampden Care Facility out of Chicopee, MA. Mark Zatyrka is the CEO. He owned and operated the Homecare Federation and is a 2002 graduate of Quinnipiac University.
Prime Wellness Centers, Inc. out of Shrewsbury, MA. John Glowik is their CEO. A 1973 Holy Cross graduate and member of the school’s advisory board to the trustees. He is the principal of the first approved medical marijuana dispensary in Connecticut and the CEO of the New Hampshire medical marijuana entity Prime Alternative Treatment Centers of NH.
Theory Wellness out of Stoneham, MA. The CEO is Bradley Kayton who is the President of Studio Ventures & Capital Advisors. He received a MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995.