Steamboat marijuana business owner hits snag with Boston pot operations



Kevin Fisher

— After claims that a Steamboat Springs marijuana businessman lied on his resume, Boston officials have put a hold on Kevin Fisher's plans to open two medical marijuana dispensaries in the Boston area.

“I’ve said before: If you lie on the application, that is, from my perspective, a nonstarter,” Gov. Deval Patrick told the Boston Globe this week.

Fisher is the co-owner of Rocky Mountain Remedies in Steamboat, and he is the executive director of New England Treatment Access Inc., a nonprofit that, after a competitive process, was awarded two of the 11 provisional dispensary licenses issued by Massachusetts in June.

On Tuesday, the Globe reported Fisher stated on his resume that he had earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Youngstown State University, but the university had no record of him earning a degree.

"Fisher initially promised a state contractor who was looking for his graduation records that he would obtain transcripts proving he had a degree. Then Fisher told her he could not order the transcripts after all because he owed the school thousands of dollars and assumed that was why the school reported he did not earn a degree, a notion that a university spokesman later dismissed," the Globe reported.

Even though the state knew of the discrepancy in Fisher's resume, the state awarded his company the provisional licenses.

When contacted Friday by the Steamboat Pilot & Today, Fisher declined to comment on the issues in Boston.

"I'm working on something that pertains to that," Fisher said. "It's not appropriate until that's done."

According to the Globe, when Fisher was applying for his licenses in Colorado, he did not tell Colorado officials he graduated from Youngstown State University.

According to Steamboat City Clerk Julie Franklin, applicants for local marijuana business licenses are not asked to provide their education background.

Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Rae said he did not think the issues in Boston would have an effect on Fisher's business in Steamboat.

"I'm not going to be one too quick to judge Kevin," Rae said. "Based on his compliance here and how we have seen him conduct business over the past several years, the most appropriate comment would be I'm not concerned about it."

The Globe also shed light on how Fisher stood to gain financially from the Boston operations, which have to be set up as nonprofits.

"New England Treatment Access, which is a nonprofit company, told state regulators it intended to give 18 percent of its annual gross revenues to a for-profit company, Fisher Properties Ltd., which is co-owned by Fisher, for consulting and management services, and for the use of proprietary techniques for growing highly sought strains of marijuana," the Globe reported.

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Scott Wedel 1 year, 6 months ago

So he lied that he had a degree and then lied about getting a transcript and then lied why he couldn't get a transcript.

Funniest part of this is as a successful mj businessman should know better to tell a story about owing the college "thousands of dollars". It is like a kid saying he didn't break the lamp because he was torturing the pet dog. The excuse is worse than the original lie.


Scott Wedel 1 year, 6 months ago

But even a politician falsely claiming a degree is not going to claim that it can't be verified because he owes a the school $3,600. He is trying to present himself as a successful businessman so when the issue of the degree is raised then he should be paying off any the debt to the school before that is also revealed in the background check.

And if he honestly thinks he has a degree then why wasn't his first call to the college?


max huppert 1 year, 6 months ago

maybe he smokes so much he actually thought he did go to school. Does he lie about what chemicals he is putting in his weed? that could be a health issue.


Tim Harris 1 year, 6 months ago

Unfortunately we only have The Steamboat Pilot and Enquirer/Tabloid/Gossip Column to rely on for our information. I'm sure there are many many mitigating circumstances to this story that are not presented in the article. Therefore; I will not judge Mr. Fischer (or any other person for that matter) without knowing all the facts. Mr. Fischer's business is no doubt a success that provides dozens of jobs and thousands of dollars to our local tax base. Much like the many liquor stores here in town. I only wonder if such a fuss would have been made over a person that had a mistake on a liquor license application. It's also puzzling to me why anyone even cares about something that is happening in Boston Mass and has no cause or effect on life in Steamboat. I imagine that it's just a way for marijuana opponents to stir up the pot a little (pun intended). My advice to the opponents of marijuana legalization; it's here to stay so get used to it and stop harassing business owners that are trying to make a positive economic impact on our community


rhys jones 1 year, 6 months ago

In every State where mmj/mj has been legalized, there has been a significant drop in traffic fatalities which has not occurred elsewhere. There's a causal connection there, and I think some serious research needs to be done in that direction.


jerry carlton 1 year, 6 months ago

Rhys The guys who were driving drunk to get home from the bars are now staying home and getting stoned. Where do I pick up my $10,000 consulting fee from the City?


rhys jones 1 year, 5 months ago

They're still out there, Jerry. Trust me on that one. They're just not being as stupid these days. As a rule.


Scott Wedel 1 year, 6 months ago

This has nothing to do with pot being legal. The Boston Globe article was primarily focused on the seemingly arbitrary manner in which some applicants were rejected while other questionable applicants were accepted.

And maybe Ryan Fisher somehow thought he had graduated and it was an honest error. But to believe that you have to believe that a college graduate when questioned about his degree did not call the college to rectify the mistake, but first said he had a transcript (which he failed to produce) and then said the college was refusing to acknowledge he had graduated because he owed them $3,600. Paper did a quick call to the college which repeated that Ryan did not graduate and that someone owing money does not affect the college's willingness to confirm whether someone graduated.

He lied on official documents. His situation is much worse than Josh whom was forced out of Golden Leaf when some forgotten police incident was discovered because Josh told the truth when confronted. When Ryan Fisher was confronted he did two more rounds of lying before removing the false claim of a degree from his resume.


Tim Harris 1 year, 5 months ago

On the contrary, I believe that this has everything to do with the legalization of marijuana. I don't think that the Boston Globe would be so focused (or focused at all) on a discrepancy on a liquor license application. It is only the subject matter of the issue that makes it a "newsworthy" issue. Any negative attention that the Globe can print is helpful to those that oppose legalization.


Scott Wedel 1 year, 5 months ago

As I read the Boston Globe article, the undercurrent I see is that the state gave licenses to questionable people from Colorado while denying Massachusetts locals for comparable issues.

It described another case where a license was given to a group that included one from Colorado whom was shut down for violating Colorado mj laws. In that case, the group was able to drop the Colorado bad apple, but retain their license.

Meanwhile, it says an application was rejected because it was considered to have inaccurately described a meeting with Worchester City officials.

I don't see the article arguing that it was wrong to allow mmj because they did not attempt to suggest that all, or even most, of the applicants should have been rejected.


Tim Harris 1 year, 5 months ago

Oh well, since it's a story that happening two thousand miles away and does not affect on my life here in Steamboat then I'm just gonna forget about it.


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