Steamboat marijuana business owner hits snag with Boston pot operations
August 15, 2014
Steamboat Springs — 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.