Marijuana business proponents in Holyoke say past legal problems resolved
HOLYOKE — The leading officials in separate companies proposing marijuana businesses here said Tuesday legal problems in their past have been resolved and should be of no worry to Holyokers.
Jorge Tirse of Gloversville, New York and Eugene McCain of West Newton, Massachusetts were asked about the legal matters by The Republican after a City Council committee held separate public hearings on their proposals at City Hall.
Tirse, whose East Coast Pharms is proposing a medical and recreational marijuana dispensary at 630 Beaulieu St., said his case was resolved in May 2016.
Tirse agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit he had filed against a mother and son over use of a restaurant building in Johnstown, New York in 2011. Tirse had been accused of forgery in 2012 by state police in relation to a state liquor license application, but the charges later were reduced and then dismissed by Johnstown City Court Judge Thomas Walsh with the consent of the prosecutor, according to court documents, as reported by The Leader-Herald of Gloversville June 7, 2016.
“The judge dismissed the case,” Tirse said outside City Council Chambers.
McCain is the major shareholder in Canna Provisions Inc., which wants to open a recreational marijuana dispensary at 380R Dwight St. McCain’s political committee agreed to pay $125,000 in January 2017 to Massachusetts campaign finance regulators for hiding the identity of the donors in relation to his push for passage of a ballot question in 2016 for a second slots gambling parlor.
The question, defeated by Massachusetts voters, would have allowed the construction of the state’s second slots parlor on property McCain owns near the Suffolk Downs race track in Revere.
The Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance said in a statement at the time: “According to the agreement, the committee accepted and disclosed contributions to support the question