(BostonGlobe) Governor Deval Patrick said Wednesday the state has put on hold a company’s bid to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Brookline and Northampton following revelations that the director falsely claimed to be a college graduate.
“I’ve said before: If you lie on the application, that is, from my perspective, a nonstarter,” Patrick said after signing an environmental bond bill on Beacon Hill.
Wednesday’s development proved to be the latest detour for the state’s fraught effort to license medical marijuana shops.
The Globe reported Tuesday that the executive director of New England Treatment Access Inc., Kevin Fisher, claimed in the application he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Youngstown State University, but the school said it has no record he received a degree. A screening company hired by the state detected the missing degree in April, but the state let the company go forward with plans to open dispensaries anyway.