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January 17, 2014

State med pot process draws renewed fire


“Placing the final decision in the hand of a single individual is an invitation for trouble,” Cunningham said, “and the Patrick Administration is inviting lawsuits and a federal investigation. It’s disturbing that such a transparent process was developed to hand out casino licenses, but the state is handing out licenses to sell marijuana based on a closed-door process tainted by conflicts of interest.”

Party officials highlighted an interview Bartlett gave to the Barnstable Patriot in 2000 as she prepared to take over as director of the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands. In it, she described herself as a “political animal.”

A former member of the Nantucket Board of Selectmen, Bartlett over the years has made campaign donations to many elected officials, including former Sens. John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, Congressman William Keating, former state Sen. Robert O’Leary, and a 2007 donation to Delahunt’s political action committee.

Gov. Patrick has had little to say about medical marijuana licensing as the process nears its conclusion.

Delahunt, a lobbyist, is listed by DPH as the CEO of a group called Medical Marijuana of Massachusetts, which has applications for dispensaries in Plymouth, Taunton and Mashpee.

According to media reports, numerous other former elected officials have aligned themselves with applicants for licenses, including former House Speaker Thomas Finneran, and former Sens. Henri Rauschenbach, Brian Lees and Stephen Buoniconti.

While Rauschenbach, a former Brewster Republican lawmaker, is reportedly helping an organization called the Kingsbury Group with their application for a Bourne dispensary, DPH records show that former Sen. Andrea Nuciforo is working with Kind Medical toward an Easthampton license ,and Lees is affiliated with Debilitating Medical Condition Treatment Centers seeking to do business in Holyoke.

Unlike the Gaming Commission, which has published complete applications online, the DPH website only provides public access to lists of the Phase 1 and Phase II license applicants, points of contact and the location where they are bidding for a license.

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