Northampton Marijuana Dispensary On Hold

The state of Massachusetts is re-thinking a license application for a medical marijuana dispensary in Northampton, after reports that the applicant may have lied about his credentials.

New England Treatment Access had received provisional approval for medical marijuana dispensaries in Northampton and Brookline. The Northampton site, near I-91, was the only one approved west of Worcester.

But earlier this week, the Boston Globe reported that while the company’s director, Kevin Fisher, had claimed to have graduated from Youngstown State University, the college had no record of him finishing a degree.

Governor Deval Patrick’s spokesperson Alec Loftus says that Patrick considers lying on an application to be a “nonstarter,” but Loftus adds the state is still investigating Fisher’s case, and that none of the dispensaries in the state have yet been granted final licenses.

Kevin Fisher, who also runs a marijuana business in Colorado, declined to comment on the controversy. Last week, on a tour of the Northampton site, Fisher said he’d started planning the marijuana strains and prices for his Massachusetts stores.