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Medical Marijuana

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 the American Legion building on Legion Way. Patriot Care is the biggest winner among the applicants in the state, being the only … 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 Group, a nonprofit that wants to sell medical marijuana out of what would be a … 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. The Boston Globe reports that Patriot Care Corp. said in its application for a Massachusetts … 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

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