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Medical Marijuana

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 right off Interstate 91, recruited one of … 0

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 will host an informational session today at 11 a.m. in Boston for the five Registered … 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 has been one of four counties that have been waiting in the wings for applicants … 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

2 eye same Deerfield land for dispensary site

Thursday, October 31, 2013

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Two applicants vying for a medical marijuana dispensary license in Franklin County are competing for the same Deerfield property. A 15,747-square-foot space at 10 Greenfield Road has become the hot spot for dispensaries. A New Leaf Inc., co-directed by Joshua Goldman of Montague, and JM … 0

Deerfield approves medical pot zoning

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Town residents have approved a zoning bylaw that would allow medical marijuana treatment centers in the Deerfield Industrial Park and a small section south of Elm Street. The Planning Board held two public hearings on the zoning bylaw, including one held right before a special … 0