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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

Whately selectmen support farmer’s pot plan

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WHATELY — For 15 years, Michael Tutun of Whately has helped his sister cope with a severe case of Lyme disease. After misdiagnosis and attempts with other medication and alleviation, Tutun discovered medical marijuana in the form of … 0

Five pass 1st test for county medical marijuana licenses

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Five applicants who want to run medical marijuana dispensaries in Franklin County have moved one step closer. They have passed the state’s first screening and are among 158 applicants statewide eligible to move to the next and final phase of the selection process in the competition for one … 0

ServiceNet head also leading medical pot effort

Friday, August 30, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — ServiceNet Inc., the county’s largest human services agency, is a player in the addictions field, but its longtime director sees no conflict between that mission and her efforts to support medical marijuana use. Susan Stubbs, president and CEO of ServiceNet, acknowledged what she described as the … 0

Liquor store owner wants to open pot dispensary

Thursday, August 29, 2013

GREENFIELD — A longtime Greenfield businessman is one of the seven applicants who applied to the state to open a medical marijuana cultivation and dispensary center in Franklin County. Michael Ruggeri, owner of Ruggeri’s Beverage and Redemption Center on Deerfield Street, has applied under the nonprofit name MR … 0

Pioneer Gardens aims to cultivate pot for eastern  part of state

Thursday, August 29, 2013

DEERFIELD — Pioneer Gardens Inc. of Deerfield hopes to cultivate medical marijuana for a nonprofit in the eastern part of the state with three licenses to dispense in three different locations. Northampton lawyer Richard Evans, who represents Pioneer Gardens, said the Deerfield perennial plant producer was “considering the … 0

Montague looks at pot dispensary zoning laws

Thursday, August 29, 2013

MONTAGUE — Montague planners have opted to prepare special zoning bylaws for the regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries, but don’t see a need for a moratorium in the meantime. Town Planner Walter Ramsey said the Planning Board opted to move forward with his proposal, to allow the dispensaries … 0

Pasiecnik plans pot-growing, dispensary site

Thursday, August 29, 2013

WHATELY — Potato farmer James Pasiecnik would like to grow medical marijuana on 35,000 square feet of his River Road property and sell it from the Whately Industrial Park off Route 116. At this week’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Pasiecnik presented for the first time his plans to … 0

Montague medical marijuana talk set for Tuesday

Sunday, August 25, 2013

TURNERS FALLS — The Montague Planning Board will meet Tuesday to discuss medical marijuana dispensaries, having delayed discussion at an earlier meeting in order to gather public input on the town’s options. In Montague as elsewhere, the referendum legalizing medical marijuana and providing for dispensaries passed by a … 0

Whately to hold medical marijuana hearing Tuesday

Sunday, August 25, 2013

WHATELY — On Tuesday, the town Planning Board is seeking the input of residents on a proposed one-year medical marijuana moratorium. The Planning Board is holding a public hearing at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. Under current zoning, a medical marijuana treatment center is not a permitted … 0

7 apply to sell pot in Franklin County

Friday, August 23, 2013

GREENFIELD — Out of 181 applications submitted to run one or more of the 35 future medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts, seven named Franklin County as “first preference” in their applications to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. At least one of those is a well-known local farmer, … 0

Greenfield considers pot farm pause

Friday, August 16, 2013

GREENFIELD — Greenfield is just one more town in Franklin County that has started discussing whether it wants to allow a medical marijuana dispensary. This comes after Massachusetts voters approved a referendum legalizing marijuana for medical use last November. Then in May, the state Department of Health provided … 0

Deerfield leaders unopposed to med. pot operations

Thursday, August 15, 2013

DEERFIELD — Could the pungent smell of marijuana take the place of perfumed candles and pickle brine as the new scent of commerce wafting throughout this small farm town? Deerfield town officials have said they do not oppose medical marijuana dispensaries or cultivation farms in town. Rather, some … 0