New proposal to bring medical marijuana facility to Holyoke

Debilitating Medical Condition Treatment Centers wants to set-up growing space and retail shop

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A company that failed once to open a medical marijuana facility in Holyoke plans to try again.

Debilitating Medical Condition Treatment Centers, Inc. is headed by former State Senator Brian Lees and New England Farm Workers Council President Herbie Flores.

The company had proposed a medical marijuana facility in the past, but was denied a license, because of financial questions regarding New England Farm Workers Council salary reports to the state. It was found later that nothing had been done wrong.

The group is now looking to place a cultivation and retail shop near Beaulieu Street and Springdale Park, as discussed by City Council members Tuesday.

People 22News spoke with Wednesday were not opposed to the idea.

“They’re battling opiate drugs all the time and everything, and if you can get a person to smoke a joint of marijuana rather than take oxycodone pills, I think it’s a far better idea,” Don Provost of Holyoke said.

There are six medical marijuana facilities open in the state. The first, New England Treatment Access, was opened in Northampton.

The debate continues, meanwhile, over legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. That will likely be decided on the November ballot.

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