By Kevin P. O’Connor Herald News
FALL RIVER — Three medical marijuana stores will be open in the city before the end of July.
Three companies licensed to sell it are finishing work on their dispensaries and preparing to open.
None of the three has yet committed to an opening date.
“Our goal is to open as soon as possible,” said Will Flanagan, the former mayor, who is the spokesman for one company, Hope, Heal, Health. “We are still aiming for a summer opening. We don’t have a date set in concrete.”
“We are shooting for a dispensary opening in two months,” Dr. Henry Crowley of CannaTech Medicinals said Tuesday. “We are looking at 60 days from today, maybe sooner.”
“We are plugging along,” said Chris Harkins of Northeast Alternatives. “We are looking at July, right now. I’m relatively confident we will open as a medical facility by then.”
All three companies are at work now on both dispensaries and on production facilities. All three are licensed to sell marijuana and cannabis products to people holding medical marijuana cards. The three companies also applied for the right to sell marijuana for recreational use once it becomes permitted in the state on July 1.
Two other companies, Haven Center and Xiphias Wellness, also hold provisional licenses to sell medical marijuana.
The race is on to be the first to open.
Hope, Heal, Health is rebuilding 50,000 square feet in the Border City Mill, 1 West St. It will operate a dispensary, a grow house and a processing laboratory from that address.
CannaTech Medicinals partnered with the Canadian company, MPX Bioceuticals Corporation., to operate a 50,000 square foot grow house and processing laboratory in the biopark. It will also operate a dispensary on Hartwell Street.
Northeast Alternatives purchased the strip mall at