Plans for a medical marijuana dispensary in the Town of Mashpee were quashed last week when the state rejected all three of US Representative William D. Delahunt’s proposed locations.
According to a letter to Mr. Delahunt’s nonprofit organization, Medical Marijuana of Massachusetts, from Karen van Unen, the executive director of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ Medical Use of Marijuana Program, the organization was denied a license to operate its dispensaries due to plans to use 25 percent of its revenue to reimburse a management company called Triple M , which has invested in MMM, as well as “incorrect representations in its application regarding local support.”
“Specifically, the Phase 2 Application states: ‘In an effort to obtain assurances of support or non-oppositions from Plymouth for the company to operate a Cultivation Facility and a Dispensary, the company met with the following individuals...State Senate President Therese Murray...’ In the investigative interview, Mr. Delahunt admitted that his meeting with Therese Murray was simply informative and no request was made for her support,” Ms. van Unen wrote.
Mr. Delahunt released this written statement upon receiving news of the rejection:
“We worked very hard to get this right at every turn, legally and ethically, so we’re obviously surprised and disappointed. But frankly, I’m also perplexed, because the corporate structure cited as the main reason for our denial is the same one that was in place when we were rated number one among applicants in the last round and received the Department’s green light to proceed. I’m hoping that setting record straight will change the eventual outcome. Regardless of whether it does, I respect the process and take it very seriously. So my team and I are going to spend the next few days going through every line of the decision, with the intention of providing clarifications of any findings that warrant them and to weigh our options going forward.”
During a phone interview yesterday, MMM communications director Adam Pertman said that the nonprofit is in the process of deciding what its next step will be.
During the application process, he added, “Mashpee in particular seems to have really touched Delahunt. The people of Mashpee and the officials of Mashpee were not only accepting, they were welcoming.”