Marijuana applicant claims council denied him based on past arrest – MassLive.com

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Mark Dupuis stands with some of his cannabis processing equipment in the proposed home of Richter Extracts at 69 Neck Road, Westfield. (MICHAEL BALLWAY / THE WESTFIELD NEWS)

WESTFIELD — The City Council unfairly discriminated against a social equity applicant when it denied host community agreements for two marijuana businesses, the applicant said this week.

Mark Dupuis, the owner of Richter Extracts and a shareholder in Richter Cannabis, both of which were proposed for a vacant factory at 69 Neck Road, said he believes his arrest record was held against him when the council voted 9-2 on Feb. 17 not to authorize the mayor to sign host community agreements with the two marijuana businesses. Such agreements are required as part of the Cannabis Control Commission licensing process.

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