Massachusetts Officials Halt Northampton Medical Marijuana Permit

Aug 14, 2014


Massachusetts officials have put on hold a bid to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Northampton, the only one currently planned in western Massachusetts.

The state’s public health department is investigating allegations that an executive with New England Treatment Access  lied on the license application by claiming to have a college degree.   The state’s licensing process has been mired in controversy that has put the opening of dispensaries months behind schedule according to Dick Evans, a Northampton attorney and long time advocate for legalizing marijuana.

"It is really disappointing for the patients. It means a lot more delay until the program is implemented."

   State officials in June rejected an application for a medical marijuana dispensary in Holyoke, leaving the Northampton location as the only one in all of western Massachusetts.