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Very odd chemistry; Local pols back company that lied on application.

What is it about medical marijuana firms and accurately and truthfully filling out application forms? And what is it about the politicians coming to their defense?

Last week, state officials sensibly put the brakes on temporary licenses they had issued to New England Treatment Access Inc. in the wake of former director Kevin Fisher falsely claiming to have obtained a college degree from Youngstown State University.

Now, Worcester-area politicians, including Mayor Joe Petty and some local legislators, are pleading with state officials on behalf of Good Chemistry, a firm whose application was rejected by state officials because of "misleading and incorrect'' statements.

Those statements included claims of support from local officials, including the Worcester Police Chief Gary Gemme and Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.

To us, making false claims on an application for medical marijuana seems more than enough reason to get yourself knocked out of the running.

But Good Chemistry has sued the state over the denial, and, as noted in yesterday's Boston Globe, four Democratic representatives from in or around Worcester -- James O'Day, Dan Donahue, John Mahoney, and Mary Keefe -- agree that the denial constitutes bad chemistry.

Their letter to the state urges the firm's application be reconsidered "so that our constituents have access to necessary medication from a well-respected and reputable organization.''

Excuse us, but what "well-respected and reputable organization'' makes false claims of support on its application? And why would any self-respecting legislator go to bat for them?

If Worcester is in such dire need of a medical marijuana dispensary, the DPH can approve one during next year's round of applications. We trust someone out there, maybe even Good Chemistry, will by then have figured out how to fill out a form correctly and truthfully.

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Date:Aug 21, 2014
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