BOSTON — The Cannabis Control Commission is not yet indicating whether its members will go along with a requested moratorium on dispensary licenses requested by Fall River legislators after the recent arrest of Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II.
Correia, who was arrested Sept. 6 for allegedly extorting nearly $600,000 from individuals trying to open cannabis businesses in Fall River, was the main motivation behind a letter sent to the CCC by state representatives Carole Fiola, Paul Schmid and Alan Silvia.
As a result of the allegations lodged against the mayor, the legislators asked the CCC to delay pending applications for retail or medical marijuana applications in Fall River and enact a moratorium on such licenses for the time being. As of Wednesday, at least 14 different facilities were in various stages of state and local approval.
A CCC spokesperson confirmed in a statement Tuesday that the agency had the legislators’ letter.
“The Cannabis Control Commission has received the communication from the Fall River legislative delegation and is aware of their concerns as the agency continues to monitor developments from the US Attorney’s Office relative to its recent indictment of the city’s Mayor,” the statement reads. “There are no license applications from Fall River up for a provisional or final vote on the Commission’s agenda for its public meeting on Thursday and the Commission will determine whether any additional action is necessary as more information about the marijuana vendors involved in the indictments becomes available from the US Attorney’s Office.”
CCC meetings are scheduled for Thursday and Friday this week. While no Fall River-based applications are on either meeting’s agendas, that’s no guarantee they won’t be soon.
Three businesses trying to open recreational dispensaries – Greener Leaf, Hope Heal Health and Nature’s Medicines – have all received provisional licenses from the CCC and are awaiting approval for final licenses. A fourth business, The Haven Center, has already submitted a license application with the state.
Outside those four businesses are nine other proposed facilities that have gained letters of non-opposition and host community agreements from Correia, meaning they could submit license applications with the CCC. Another is waiting to get agreements signed with the mayor.
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