Medical Marijuana

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 the college, will take up the issue … 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 Legion Ave. Support from a host community is an important part of a license application … 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 nonprofit’s director says. It had community support, secured a lease on an accessible dispensing site … 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

Medical marijuana dispensary applicants to court Deerfield board

Thursday, November 14, 2013

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Two applicants competing to run a medical marijuana dispensary in Deerfield are expected to ask the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday for letters of support. A New Leaf Inc. is scheduled to come before the board to discuss its plans publicly for the first time. … 0

Erving voters OK pot moratorium

Monday, November 4, 2013

ERVING — The ‘ayes’ had it. All. Monday’s special town meeting approved all items on the agenda unanimously and with little to no discussion, welcoming a new plot of land to the town fold and approving a medical marijuana moratorium among other matters. The land is a donation … 0