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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

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

Montague board endorses Ruggeri’s bid for pot dispensary

Monday, October 28, 2013

TURNERS FALLS — A prospective medical marijuana dispensary developer on Monday requested the Montague Board of Selectmen’s blessing to pursue development in town. One of five pursuing state licenses to operate dispensaries, Greenfield businessman and liquor store owner Michael F. Ruggeri listed Greenfield in his application to the … 0

Montague moves forward on pot regs

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

TURNERS FALLS — The Montague Planning Board on Tuesday night approved the final version of new zoning language regulating the citing of medical marijuana dispensaries. Less restrictive than the Department of Public Health’s model regulations, the zoning amendment … 0