It might not be long before Pittsfield sees a medical marijuana dispensary. There are three organizations vying for a license. And one of them wants to make their plans publicly known. YNN's Madeleine Rivera has more on this story.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The organization, Manna Wellness, says it's motivated to help patients suffering from multiple health conditions.
"We've been approached by numerous patients telling us how lock and key this medicine is for them," said Nial DeMena, director of operations at Manna.
Passing the first phase of the application process, they're one step closer to aiding these patients. Now, DeMena is laying out the details for the facility.
"It's everything. It's pretty much everything that you can think of with starting a business, especially one in this industry," he said.
Manna plans to establish a facility where they can grow and sell medical marijuana. They plan to employ 10 to 15 long-term skilled workers.
"We're bringing money into the community and we're paying people to help us," said DeMena.
He says they also expect to help 1,900 people in Berkshire County, although, their customers may not be so limited.
"People from other counties can come, as well. We're not even considering those numbers," he said.
And there will be strict process of screening these patients. They'll have to present documentation stating the prescription they need.
"They have to have a bona-fide doctor patient relationship with their doctors. This is not going to be, I hate to say, it but pot docs, which everyone is afraid of," said DeMena.
DeMena did not want to get into specific details about where this facility will be located. But he did say it would be about 1,000 feet away from schools. He also said it will be located some distance away from downtown Pittsfield. But it would be near a bus stop, so patients will still have accessibility to it.
It could be some time before Manna opens up the facility, but they have high hopes for the future.
"We feel like we have a responsibility to Pittsfield to make a beautiful building and to make it something worth doing," said DeMena.
If the Department of Health approves the application, Manna can receive a provisional license by January.