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

Local pot applicant among those who may get second look

Friday, March 14, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A lawmaker reviewing the state’s medical marijuana licensing wants the Department of Public Health to reconsider some of the high-scoring groups that did not get licenses, which could renew possibilities for a Deerfield-based applicant. State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez of Jamaica Plain has requested the health … 0

Whately to hold hearing again on farm stands, pot

Sunday, March 2, 2014

WHATELY — Residents are asked to reconvene in March to weigh in on proposed medical marijuana siting and farm stand bylaws due to an error in advertising the public hearing. The Planning Board scheduled a public hearing on Tuesday in Town Hall, but because it did not post … 0

Medical marijuana applicants address chamber group

Friday, February 28, 2014

Medical marijuana dispensary proponents in Franklin County hope to serve “not the potheads of the ’60s and ’70s, from our generation, but the true cancer patients and (those with) other afflictions,” Theresa Creeden of JM Farm’s Patient Group … 0

Pot dispensary applicant gaining support

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — So far, one medical marijuana dispensary applicant is on its way to gaining the support of Greenfield town officials. Patriot Care Corp. is the first medical marijuana dispensary hopeful in the second round of applications to meet with Greenfield Mayor William Martin about locating in town. … 0

Whately to vote again on pot moratorium tonight

Monday, February 10, 2014

WHATELY — Tonight, voters will be asked to re-vote a proposal to put a temporary ban on medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers in town. In October, Whately residents voted 75-4 for the moratorium, but due to a mistake in the meeting posting, the state Attorney General’s Office … 0

Whately to weigh in on bylaw changes Feb. 25

Monday, February 10, 2014

WHATELY — Medical marijuana dispensaries would only be allowed in the town’s industrial zone, and farm stands larger than 300-square-feet would need site plan reviews, according to two new bylaws proposed by the Planning Board. On Feb. 25, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the … 0

Medical pot hopefuls court Greenfield

Friday, February 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — The former president of Eastern Mountain Sports and two out-of-state medical marijuana dispensary owners hope to bring 10 to 12 new jobs and serve 3,000 patients in Franklin County if they were to open a dispensary … 0

Pot group to meet with Greenfield officials

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — A medical marijuana dispensary applicant who originally applied for state licenses in Worcester and Northampton is now setting its sights on Greenfield. Patriot Care Corp. is one of the eight groups that were not granted their proposed location last week, but were invited by the state … 0

Efforts at local pot dispensary up in smoke

Friday, January 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — Twenty applicants statewide received licenses to run medical marijuana dispensaries, but none of those applicants were from or for Franklin County. On Friday, the state Medical Use of Marijuana Program approved the first 20 licenses for 10 of the 14 counties. Applications for Franklin County, along … 0

Medical marijuana zoning hot topic at Montague meeting

Friday, January 31, 2014

MONTAGUE — Medical marijuana zoning laws, Unity Park restroom renovations, and extra funds for the police department and cable contract negotiations all passed by a wide margin at Thursday’s special town meeting. A bylaw to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries and growing facilities by special permit and site plan … 0

Are towns ready for medical pot?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Before a medical marijuana dispensary opens in Franklin County, the dispensary owners may be asked to pay the host town thousands of dollars, give police access to security cameras or fund new police officers. State Department of Public Health regulations allow host towns to set fee … 0

Medical marijuana zoning on Montague meeting agenda

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

MONTAGUE — A special town meeting at the end of the month will ask voters to decide whether to implement medical marijuana zoning, a day before the state announces its list of approved marijuana dispensary developers. The proposed zoning addition developed by the Town Planner and Planning Board … 0