Friday, May 10, 2013
LowellSun.com reports new regulations will go into effect May 24.
New rules for the medical use of marijuana have been written into the commonwealth's regulatory code by the Massachusetts Public Health Council Wednesday, according to State House News Service report published on LowellSun.com. Among the new regulations are how much marijuana can be generally used by patients, the licensing procedure for medical marijuana dispensaries and how low-income patients can get access, according to the report. These regulations will go into effect May 24, according to the Sun. Here in Tewksbury, Town Meeting voters recently passed a 12-month moratorium on the establishment of any medical marijuana distribution center in Tewksbury. In November, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure that would allow …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Tewksbury voters to decide on moratorium at upcoming Town Meeting.
Tewksbury town officials are not discouraged by a ruling by Attorney General Martha Coakley this week that said Massachusetts communities cannot ban medical marijuana distribution centers. In her ruling, Coakley struck down a Wakefield bylaw that would have completely and permanently banned such centers from the town. However, Coakley did uphold a Burlington bylaw that placed a moratorium on medical marijuana distribution centers until that town can complete an examination of zoning issues, according to an article appearing on Boston.com. The second part of the ruling is what has Tewkbury officials smiling. An article on the warrant for the Annual Town Meeting in May, calls for a moratorium similar to that in Burlington. "That's why we …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Each week we take a look at some of the stories making headlines in neighboring Patch towns.
Is Big Joe's Closed For Good? This is going to come as sad news to all fans of tasty sandwiches but all indications are that Big Joe's has closed for good. Moratorium Proposed For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in North Reading On Election Day last year, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot proposal that allows medical marijuana sales in the state, which left cities and towns to set regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries. The Community Planning Commission (CPC) held a workshop Monday night regarding such dispensaries in North Reading. According to Town Planner Danielle McKnight, the CPC discussed proposing a moratorium to residents at Town Meeting in June. Reading: Selectmen Interview 3 Finalists for Town Manager Each of the …
Friday, November 9, 2012
The medical marijuana ballot initiative passed on Tuesday, which means up to 35 medical marijuana dispensaries can open in 2013. Would you be OK with having one in town?
Medical marijuana is coming to Massachusetts. The question is: where? The medical marijana ballot initiative that passed in Tuesdays election with 63 percent voter approval means that up to 35 medical marijuana dispensaries can open up in the state in 2013. The new law goes into effect January 1, but requires rules and regulations be set up by the Department of Public Health. Some towns and cities, such as Quincy, reportedly are already trying to line up regulations that would keep dispensaries out of their municipalities, which have proved troublesome in some of the nine states where medical marijuana dispensaries have been legal. What do you think? Is this a classic case of NIMBY (fine, but Not In My Back Yard)? Or do medical marijuana…
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Find out what a yes or no vote on Question 3 will mean.
On Nov. 6, Massachusetts voters will be asked to vote on three questions along with the state and federal political races. Question 3 has to do with the legalization of medical marijuana. "This proposed law would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients. To qualify, a patient must have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition," the Massachusetts Secretary of State's website says. According to the website a "yes" vote would allow for patients to smoke marijuana if it is prescribed by a doctor. A "no" vote would make no change to the current law and keep the practice illegal.
Friday, September 28, 2012
The governor, during a live chat on Tewksbury Patch, expressed skepticism about the legalization of medical marijuana, though he sympathized with patients in pain.
Gov. Deval Patrick said he would likely vote no on Question Three this fall. During a Thursday live chat with Patch, a reader asked Patrick how he would vote on the ballot question and whether the governor was for or against the legalization of cannabis. "I am not too energized on this issue, personally. California's experience has been mixed. I will probably vote against it. I respect the opposing view, though, especially those whose concern is for people in constant pain," wrote the governor in response. Proponents say medical marijuana will help ease the pain and suffering of cancer patients and other eligible residents. Opponents, meanwhile, say the law is a back door to full legalization, and that medical marijuana can be dangerous…