SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A prominent community leader and a former state senator are among the people in a group that is applying to open a marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts.
Herbie Flores, who heads the New England Farm Workers Council, is leading a group applying for a dispensary in Hampden County.
Flores told 22News that he started a corporation separate from the Farm Workers Council to apply for the dispensary. The corporation, called Debilitating Medical Treatment Centers, also includes former State Senator and Clerk of Courts Brian Lees. Flores told 22News that if awarded a dispensary, it isn't clear where it would be located.
“What we’re saying right now, what the application says, we will want to do this product somewhere in Hampden County. It could be Springfield, it might not, but it’s going to create jobs,” Flores said.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has requested that zoning and code enforcement issues be worked out before approving any dispensaries in the city.
Thursday is the deadline to apply to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts.
The state will eventually award up to 35 dispensaries, which must grow their own marijuana. Massachusetts voters legalized medical marijuana through a ballot question back in November.