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Medical Marijuana
Patriot Care Corp. is the only group to submit an application for a medical marijuana dispensary in Franklin County. The group is looking into Greenfield's American Legion building as a possible location.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

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 only group to submit an application for Franklin County. The nonprofit has proposed turning the American Legion building on Legion Avenue into … 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 to explain why it didn’t grant a license to JM. The nonprofit has joined two … 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 medicine two years ago. The Student Development Committee, which looks at policy and procedure at … 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

Pot dispensary applicant arraigned

Thursday, December 19, 2013

GREENFIELD — James Pasiecnik, a Whately potato farmer seeking a state medical marijuana license, has been arraigned on assault charges in Greenfield District Court. Pasiecnik, 59, of 207 River Road in Whately, was arraigned on two charges of assault and battery and on a witness intimidation complaint. Not … 0

Greenfield merchants eye Orange for med. pot site

Thursday, November 28, 2013

ORANGE — M.R. Absolute Inc., a nonprofit founded by Greenfield businessman Michael Ruggeri, has submitted an application to the state to operate a medical marijuana dispensary at the Orange Innovation Center. Selectmen voted unanimously to write a letter of support for the initiative at their meeting last week. … 0

Montague OKs second medical pot applicant

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

MONTAGUE — Two developers have now expressed interest in opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Montague, the latest in a group including local businessman Joshua Goldman. Late last month, the Board of Selectmen granted Greenfield businessman and liquor store owner Michael F. Ruggeri’s request that they support his … 0

3 locals make final phase for medical marijuana licenses

Friday, November 22, 2013

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Three local residents are among the 100 finalists statewide for licenses to run a medical marijuana dispensary. J.M. Farm’s Patient Group Inc., with James Pasiecnik of Whately, A New Leaf, co-directed by Joshua and Marina Goldman of Montague and MR Absolute Medical Resources Inc., directed … 0

Greenfield OKs ordinance for pot farm, dispensary

Thursday, November 21, 2013

GREENFIELD — The town now has a zoning ordinance that will regulate medical marijuana farms and dispensaries. In September, Town Council discussed the possibility of imposing a moratorium on the farms and dispensaries, until the town could come up with a “satisfactory” ordinance, but the moratorium was voted … 0

Deerfield selectmen sign letter of support for pot dispensary

Thursday, November 21, 2013

SOUTH DEERFIELD — On a yellow steno pad in handwritten scrawl, the Board of Selectmen signed a letter of support to have a medical marijuana dispensary in town that falls within the zoning overlay district. The board did not name any particular medical marijuana dispensary applicant, but J.M … 0