Four Island groups apply to sell medical marijuana

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Four Island groups have applied to open medical marijuana dispensaries on Martha’s Vineyard, including a well known Oak Bluffs businessman and an established complementary medicine provider on the Island. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) released the first list of applicants on Friday.

Among the applicants are Mark Wallace, who owns several Oak Bluffs businesses, in partnership with his brother Mike, including Jim’s Package Store, a gas station, an auto rental business, and Dreamland. Mark Wallace has applied for a state license, doing business as Kingsbury Group Inc. Kingsbury Group has also applied for a license to run a dispensary in Barnstable County. Mike Wallace is not a partner in Kingsbury Group.

Also applying for a license is Susan Sanford, president and chief executive of Vineyard Complementary Medicine on State Road in West Tisbury. She is a licensed physical therapist and acupuncturist. Her application is under the name Greenleaf MV Compassion Care.

The two other applicants in Dukes County are less well known. Michael Peters submitted an application under the name MV Greencross Inc.

Another application is under the name Patient Centric of Martha’s Vineyard Ltd., but there is no person’s name associated with that application in the state list.

DPH will review the applications in two phases. In Phase 1, the applicants will have to document their non-profit status, financial viability, and report any felony drug convictions.

State regulators say they will complete the Phase 1 review by mid-September.

Applicants who qualify under Phase 1 will proceed to Phase 2, when state regulators will conduct a more in-depth review and select dispensaries in a competitive process.

Among the criteria reviewed in Phase 2 will be “appropriateness of the site, geographical distribution of dispensaries, local support, and the applicant’s ability to meet the overall health needs of registered patients, while ensuring public safety,” according to DPH.

Under the state’s new medical marijuana law, which took effect January 1, there could be as many as five dispensaries on the Island. There must be at least one.

This article was corrected to reflect that Mark Wallace, not his twin brother Mike, has applied for a medical marijuana dispensary license.