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Ex. Dir. Of Company Planning Northampton Marijuana Dispensary Resigns

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A top official for a company that won a provisional license to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in western Massachusetts has stepped down after allegations he lied about having a college degree.

   Kevin Fisher resigned over the weekend as executive director of New England Treatment Access Inc. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, last week, said it was freezing the company’s plans for a marijuana dispensary in Northampton and another in Brookline to review Fisher’s statements in the license application. Massachusetts voters legalized medical marijuana in 2012, but so far no dispensaries have opened. It frustrates medical marijuana advocates like Dick Evans of Northampton.

  " The governor and the DPH should be hustling to get the dispensaries open."

   The DPH in June awarded 11 provisional licenses. Just one was assigned to 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.