Monday, May 20, 2013
You'll decide that at Town Meeting.
Massachusetts recently passed a law legalizing medical marijuana. And that means medical marijuana dispensaries will soon be popping up all over the Bay State. But in North Andover, one article on the Town Meeting warrant seeks to block them, at least tremporarily. Article 32 reads: "To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town of North Andover Zoning Bylaw, by adding Section 8.12 Medical Marijuana Treatment Center in order to allow time to make the appropriate amendments to the Zoning Bylaw to allow the use of Medical Marijuana Treatment Center, or to take any other action relative thereto." Basically, the article doesn't ban the dispensaries permanently. It establishes a moratorium on the building of any such facilities until July 1, …
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…
Friday, September 28, 2012
The governor, during a live chat with Patch, expressed skepticism about the legalization of medical marijuana, though he sympathized with patients in pain.
Governor 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 …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Question 3 on the Nov. ballot will ask about legalizing medical marijuana.
This November voters will be able to cast a vote for or against legalizing medical marijuana in the Commonwealth. According to WBUR, proponents have formed the Committee For Compassionate Medicine (Subtitle: ‘Yes’ for Massachusetts Patients). The opponents are at MaVoteNoOnQuestion3.com. Question 3 on the ballot reads: “A yes vote would enact the proposed law eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana, allowing patients meeting certain conditions to obtain marijuana produced and distributed by new state-regulated centers, or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their own use.” So we want to know: Are you for or against legalizing medical marijuana in the state?