By Kevin P. O’Connor The Herald-News

FALL RIVER — All three companies building dispensaries for medical marijuana in the Spindle City will apply to sell marijuana recreationally as well.

CannaTech Medicinals; Hope, Heal, Health; and Northeast Alternatives will all be in the running for licenses to grow and sell marijuana for the recreational market. Recreational sales are scheduled to start July 1.

“As a dispensary, we want to make sure we provide as many options as possible for our clients and our patients,” said Will Flanagan, the former mayor, who is the point person for Hope, Heal, Health.

“We will apply for a license,” said Dr. Henry Crowley, president of CannaTech Medicinals. “Whatever the community agrees to with the adult use of cannabis, we will conform to that.”

“I’m sure we will have to be competitive with whatever the market will do,” said Chris Harkins of Northeast Alternatives.

The application process opened Monday at noon to certain businesses that qualify for expedited review according to the Boston Globe, including ‘medical marijuana dispensaries that are already open or have a provisional permit, and so-called economic empowerment applicants — companies that are either led by, employ or benefit communities that had high rates of arrests for drug crimes.’

CannaTech Medicinals is building a 50,000-square-foot growing facility and processing laboratory in the biopark on Innovation Way. It is also building a dispensary off Hartwell Street.

Hope, Heal, Health, a company from Warren, Rhode Island, is converting 50,000 square feet of space in the former Border City Mills at 1 West St. for a facility to grow and process marijuana and sell it from a dispensary.

Northeast Alternatives is currently converting a former strip mall at 999 William S. Canning Blvd. to be a dispensary, grow house and processing laboratory.

All three companies hope

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