Vineyard Medical Marijuana Group Seeks Off-Island Pot Farm

“We have determined that the seasonal economy of Martha’s Vineyard cannot support a growing facility,” according to Mike Mahoney, attorney for a group applying for three medical marijuana dispensary permits in Dukes and Barnstable counties.

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The principal named in the Kingsbury Group application is Mark Wallace, an Oak Bluffs businessman whose 20-year-old son was instrumental in putting together the plan to apply for a state permit to dispense medical marijuana on Martha Vineyard.
The principal named in the Kingsbury Group application is Mark Wallace, an Oak Bluffs businessman whose 20-year-old son was instrumental in putting together the plan to apply for a state permit to dispense medical marijuana on Martha Vineyard.

A Martha’s Vineyard-based corporation is looking to grow and dispense medical marijuana for three Cape and Island locations: Provincetown, Dennis and Oak Bluffs or Edgartown on the Vineyard, according to a spokesman.

The growing facility would be located off-Island, said Mike Mahoney, attorney for Kingsbury Group, which has filed three applications with the state to operate medical marijuana treatment centers in Dukes and Barnstable counties.

“We have determined that the seasonal economy of Martha’s Vineyard cannot support a growing facility,” Mahoney wrote in an email to Patch.

“As such, we are seeking a growing facility on the Cape that will support three locations. These are Provincetown, Dennis and Oak Bluffs or Edgartown,” he continued.

“In our view, one growing facility that serves three dispensaries makes sound economic sense and will fully comply with the letter and spirit of the regulations,” Mahoney wrote.

He added that his group is “cautiously optimistic” about its prospects for approval, given that Dukes County residents approved the state ballot measure allowing medical marijuana by 74 percent last November.

The principal named in the Kingsbury Group application is Mark Wallace, an Oak Bluffs businessman whose 20-year-old son Jordan was instrumental in putting together the plan to apply for a state permit to dispense medical marijuana on the Vineyard.

Three other applicants have also put down a $1.500 non-refundable fee apiece to be considered for a medical marijuana permit in Dukes County:

  • Greenleaf MV Compassion Care, Susan Sanford
  • MV Greencross, Inc., Michael Peters
  • Patient Centric of Martha’s Vinyard, Ltd., no name given

Applicants who pass the first round of state scrutiny will be assessed a $30,000, fee, also non-refundable, to be considered in the second round next month.

Selected marijuana dispensaries will have to pay the state $50,000 a year and $500 for each “dispensary agent,” according to a schedule of fees published by the state Department of Public Health. Any change of location will cost $10,000; a name change costs $100.

Medical marijuana patients, defined as having a doctor’s recommendation to consume medical pot, must each pay a $50 annual registration fee and, if no local dispensary exists, $100 for a “hardship cultivation” permit allowing them and/or their caregivers to grow it.

Are you relieved to hear there is no plan to grow medical marijuana wholesale on the Vineyard? Where do you think the Island dispensary should be located? Tell us in the comments.