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Massachusetts Officials Halt Northampton Medical Marijuana Permit


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.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.