Medical Marijuana

Congress ends federal ban on medical marijuana

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government’s prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy. The bill’s passage over the weekend marks the first time Congress has approved nationally significant legislation backed by legalization advocates. It brings almost to a close two decades of tension between the states and Washington over medical use of … 0

Greenfield marijuana dispensary still on track

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Plans to switch its proposed marijuana cultivation site from South Hadley to Lowell should have no impact on Patriot Care Corp.’s plans to open a medical pot dispensary here, company executives said. Patriot Care, which received provisional approval to open a dispensary in Greenfield, has had to leave behind its plans … 0

Greenfield doctor certified for marijuana

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — On Federal Street, one doctor has quietly set up shop to certify patients for medical marijuana just as the state provisionally approved a dispensary in downtown. Dr. Kwesi Ntiforo has opened DocsConsult Medical at 106 Federal St. between Bicycle World and J&M Futon and Mattress in addition to his work as … 0

State OKs Patriot’s pot plan

Friday, November 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — Patriot Care Corp. is approaching the final hurdle to opening Franklin County’s first medical marijuana dispensary. The state Department of Public Health announced Friday Patriot Care has been approved to advance to the inspection phase. The nonprofit medical marijuana company has proposed opening a dispensary in … 0

Judge refuses to halt medical marijuana selection process

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The state high court has denied the request of preliminary injunction by a locally based nonprofit to halt the state medical marijuana selection process. The Suffolk Superior Court denied the motion filed in August against the state Department of Public Health by J.M. Farm’s Patient … 0

Boston Globe challenges Patriot Care Corp’s application for medical marijuana dispensary

Friday, September 19, 2014

A company that was awarded a medical marijuana dispensary license in Lowell and is vying for licenses in Boston and Greenfield appears to have overstated the scope of its operations at a counseling and research program for HIV and AIDS patients at dispensaries it owns in other cities. … 0

County gets 1 applicant for marijuana dispensary

Friday, August 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — Patriot Care Corp. is one step closer to opening Franklin County’s first medical marijuana dispensary. On Friday, four nonprofits submitted applications to run dispensaries in the seven counties without a dispensary applicant. Patriot Care is the … 0

JM Farms sues state for nixing license

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A locally based nonprofit that wants to sell medical marijuana in Franklin County has sued the state for “arbitrarily and capriciously” rejecting its application. JM Farm’s Patient Group is suing the state Department of Public Health to halt the state medical marijuana selection process and … 0

GCC to decide medical marijuana use policy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a medical marijuana dispensary proposed for the downtown, Greenfield Community College is working to develop a policy on whether to allow marijuana for medicinal purposes on campus by the spring. Currently, the school does not have a policy since the state legalized the drug for … 0

Pot dispensary in the works for Greenfield

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — The American Legion could become the home of Franklin County’s first medical marijuana dispensary. Director of Planning Eric Twarog confirmed Patriot Care Corp. has told town officials it is interested in the 12,700-square-foot building at 7 … 0

JM Farm’s Patient Group questions state DPH selection process

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DEERFIELD — In their bid for a state medical marijuana license, JM Farm’s Patient Group, one of three companies to apply for Franklin County, had done everything required of them by state Department of Public Health regulators, the … 1

What’s next in store for medical pot?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — The five applicants invited to re-apply for medical marijuana licenses in the seven open counties, including Franklin County, will find out today what their next steps are to secure one of the remaining coveted licenses. The state Department of Public Health Medical Use of Marijuana Program … 0

State to begin 2nd round for pot shop licenses

Friday, June 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — Still no medical marijuana for Franklin County. State medical marijuana dispensary applicants have until Aug. 29 to apply for a provisional license to run a dispensary in Franklin County. The application process will kick off July 9 and licenses will be announced in October. Franklin County … 0

Former Disston factory in hands of new mortgage holder

Monday, March 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The property in the heart of the Deerfield Industrial Park — built nearly four decades ago for Millers Falls Co. tool makers — has switched hands again. A Miami-based real estate investment company, under the corporation name CMLT 2008-LSI Industrial 5 LLC, owns the property. … 0

Lowell pot group sues Greenfield hopeful

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A runner-up for Lowell’s medical marijuana slot is suing the state Department of Public Health and challenging its selection of Patriot Care Corp., which is seeking a second license in Greenfield. The Andover-based nonprofit, Cardiac Arrhythmia Syndromes Foundation … 0