MASSACHUSETTS: Four Island groups have applied to open a medical marijuana dispensary on Martha’s Vineyard, including a well known Oak Bluffs businessman and an established complimentary medicine provider on the Island. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) released an initial list of applicants on Friday.
Among the applicants are Mike Wallace, who owns several Oak Bluffs businesses in partnership with his brother Mark, including Jim’s Package Store, a gas station, an auto rental business, and Dreamland. He has applied for a state license doing business as Kingsbury Group, Inc. Kingsbury Group has also applied for a license to operate a dispensary in Barnstable County.
Also applying for a license is Susan Sanford, president and CEO of Vineyard Complimentary Medicine on State Road in West Tisbury.. She is a licensed physical therapist and acupuncturist. Her application is under the name Greenleaf MV Compassion Care.
The two other applicants for a dispensary in Dukes County are less well known. Michael Peters submitted an application under the name MV Greencross, Inc.
Another application is under the name Patient Centric of Martha’s Vineyard, Ltd, but there is no name associated with that application.
DPH will review the applications in two phases. In Phase 1, the applicants will have to document their non-profit status, financial viability, and report any felony drug convictions.
State regulators say they will complete the Phase 1 review by mid-September.
Applicants who qualify under Phase 1 will proceed to Phase 2, where state regulators will conduct a more in-depth review, and select dispensaries in a competitive process.