Patriot Care Corp., which proposes to grow marijuana in South Hadley, eyes dispensary in Greenfield

Wednesday, March 05, 2014
GREENFIELD — So far, one medical marijuana dispensary applicant is on its way to gaining the support of Greenfield town officials.

Patriot Care Corp. is the first medical marijuana dispensary hopeful in the second round of applications to meet with Greenfield Mayor William Martin about locating in town. The group, including Robert Mayerson of Harvard, Michael Abbott of Nantucket and Nicholas Vita of Nantucket, met with Martin earlier this month.

“It’s a good organization from what we could determine,” said Martin. “They seem proactive to develop a relationship with the community.”

Patriot Care, which received a provisional license to operate in Lowell, has proposed a cultivation facility in South Hadley which would serve the potential Greenfield dispensary.

Greenfield is preparing a packet of information on appropriate places to locate a dispensary as allowed by the town’s zoning.

Martin said the group seems like a good fit for Greenfield. He added that the town would also work with other groups that have state approval that may become interested in Greenfield.

Patriot Care is one of the eight groups that were not granted a license for their proposed location, but were invited by the state Department of Public Health to seek a change of location to a county where a dispensary has not yet been approved. Besides Franklin County, Berkshire, Dukes and Nantucket counties did not get licenses.

Patriot Care now operates two dispensaries in Arizona and one in Washington, D.C.

Another medical marijuana group also contacted Deerfield, inquiring whether it could locate a dispensary in the former Disston Tools building in the Deerfield Industrial Park, according to Richard Calisewski, a building official. He would not disclose the name of that group.

Meanwhile, the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has invited the three local applicants to discuss their plans for medical marijuana facilities in Franklin County at the next chamber breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 28.

Patriot Care is also invited and representatives plan to attend.

The three local applicants are Josh and Marina Goldman of A New Leaf Inc., Michael Ruggeri of MR Absolute Medical Resources and Jim Pasiecnik of J.M. Farm’s Patient Group.

Those three nonprofits did not receive licenses from the state during the first round which was announced in January. It is unclear whether the local groups can re-apply for licenses to be announced this summer.

Ruggeri, a long-time Greenfield business owner, said he received a briefing on his application with the state Department of Public Health, but officials were not clear whether he could re-apply. He said he does not know why his application was not chosen.

“I had either met or exceeded what they asked for,” Ruggeri said. Ruggeri said he will not attend the breakfast.

Goldman also said A New Leaf is determining whether it can re-apply. “The state hasn’t made it clear what’s next,” Goldman said.

When asked whether he would re-apply, Pasiecnik declined to answer.