Tuesday, May 14, 2013
New regulations will go into effect May 24, 2013.
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. In November, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure that would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana as part of a treatment. Under the law, the state was operating under a 120-day window starting Jan. 1 for creating regulations for …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Town meeting designated an area in Medfield for medical marijuana sales.
Last week, voters unanimously set aside a designated area for medical marijuana sales in the town of Medfield. After voters passed a law state-wide to allow the creation of medical marijuana dispensaries, some towns tried to prohibit those sales from their towns; however, earlier this year, the Attorney General ruled that towns cannot prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries from individual towns but they can regulate (through zoning) the areas in which a dispensary can be located. Last week, Medfield voters amended their town bylaws to restrict medical marijuana dispensaries to the town's Industrial-Extensive zone -- the area that runs along Route 27, north of West Street, west toward Millis, and east toward Mill Street and Ice House …
Friday, March 15, 2013
A ruling on Tuesday says that towns cannot prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries but they are allowed to restrict them to certain areas of town.
If someone wants to run a medical marijuana dispensary in Medfield, they can, said the Attorney General's office on Wednesday. The Attorney General's ruling, as written by Assistant Attorney General Margaret J. Hurley, ruled that towns cannot prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries from individual towns, however, they can regulate (through zoning) the areas in which a dispensary can be located. In an interview on National Public Radio on Wednesday, AG reps said that, if one town was allowed to prohibit dispensaries then all towns could prohibit them, and that goes against the intent of the new law which was a move to make it easier for people to obtain marijuana if it is medically necessary. While this issue was making its way through …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Town officials will discuss a suggested bylaw amendment on Tuesday.
A placeholder has been put on the warrant for this year's annual town meeting to pass a bylaw amendment regarding medical marijuana dispensaries. In November, Massachusetts passed a law legalizing medical marijuana and allowing for at least one dispensary in each county. While some town officials say the chances of Norfolk County's dispensary ending up in Medfield are slim -- especially with more-populated towns of Braintree, Brookline, Quincy, Randolph, and Stoughton in the county -- Medfield town officials want to be proactive. In January, a medical company calling itself CannaMed of Boston opened its doors in Framingham (though its address has not been made public), just 10 miles from Medfield. That company is reportedly booked through …
Monday, December 3, 2012
A medical company calling itself CannaMed of Boston has opened its doors just 10 miles from the Medfield town line. On Dec. 15, the company will start writing prescriptions for medical marijuana in Massachusetts.
Earlier this month, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question that makes the Commonwealth the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana. Beginning in 2013, patients with HIV, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C, or other very serious and painful conditions can now obtain a card from the state permitting them to purchase and possess up-to a 60-day supply of marijuana. The new law also means a new business in Framingham, just 10 miles from the Medfield town line. CannaMed of Boston is a franchise of a California-based medical company. Framingham is its first location in Massachusetts and fifth location overall. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has been given oversight of implementing the rules of the new medical …
Saturday, November 10, 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 Tuesday's 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 Jan. 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? Tell us in our comments section below.