PITTSFIELD -- Three applications to operate a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary in Berkshire County have been submitted to the state Department of Public Health in time for this week’s deadline.
The applications were hand-delivered in Boston by Greenhouse Dispensary Inc.; Manna Wellness; and Prospect Lake Inc., which is not affiliated with Great Barrington-based Prospect Lake Park, according to a spokesman. The applications do not specify, nor are they required at this juncture, where the proposed dispensaries would be situated in the county.
On the applications, Greenhouse Dispensary Inc.’s contact person is Michael Kulig; Manna’s is Dr. Eric Germaine; and Prospect Lake’s is Michael Marino.
In this first of a two-part process, the applications will be reviewed for eligibility under a law voters approved in November 2012. The medical marijuana measure allows for marijuana to be made available to patients with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and AIDS, and for dispensaries to serve those patients.
State officials will first conduct background checks and screen applicants that have a required reserve fee of $500,000. Groups that clear the initial review will be invited to submit final applications, accompanied by a non-refundable $30,000 fee. A selection committee will then score the final applicants.
The three applications for Berkshire County will be competing with 181 others statewide for a maximum of 35 licenses. Each county is required to have at least one dispensary, but no more than five.
Applicants were not required to specify locations for proposed dispensaries during the first phase of the process.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this article.
This story will be updated in future editions of The Eagle.