Medical Marijuana

Zoning Board OKs permit for pot dispensary at Legion building

Thursday, March 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — The 3,200-square-foot building at 7 Legion Way will transform from a clubhouse for the American Legion to Franklin County’s first medical marijuana dispensary. The Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously voted to issue a special permit to Patriot Care Thursday night to open a medical marijuana dispensary at the former site of the American Legion. Patriot Care’s chief executive, Robert Mayerson, said he hopes to open the dispensary in … 0

Greenfield ZBA last stop for medical marijuana dispensary

Friday, February 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — Patriot Care has received approval from the state for a local medical pot dispensary, and a nod from Mayor William Martin — and now the nonprofit needs one more ‘yes,’ from the Zoning Board of Appeals, before it can officially open. On March 12, Patriot Care is expected to go before … 0

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 … 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

3 Franklin County towns draw pot interest

Monday, October 21, 2013

DEERFIELD — The towns of Deerfield, Greenfield and Whately have become ground zero in Franklin County as five applicants compete for a license to open a registered medical marijuana operation here. A Montague fish producer, a Whately potato … 0

Deerfield proposes medical pot overlay district

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

DEERFIELD — If townspeople approve, medical marijuana treatment centers could only be located south of Elm Street across from the Red Roof Inn and within the Deerfield Industrial Park. The Planning Board has proposed creating an overlay district … 0

Pasiecnik: Moratorium won’t hurt plans

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

WHATELY — Whately farmer James Pasiecnik said Wednesday the moratorium the town set this week on medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers doesn’t hamper his plans if granted a state license. At a special town meeting this week, Whately residents placed a ban on medical marijuana treatment centers … 0

Whately supports temporary pot ban

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

WHATELY — Any medical marijuana treatment centers will have to wait before moving into Whately. At a special town meeting Tuesday, the town approved a temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation centers despite recent lobbying by Whately potato farmer James Pasiecnik and his partners, Nicholas Spagnola … 0

Regional EMS tops Whately meeting warrant

Thursday, October 10, 2013

WHATELY — On Tuesday, townspeople will be asked to consider a regional ambulance partnership with Deerfield and Sunderland, a year-long medical marijuana moratorium and several other financial matters at a special town meeting. The special town meeting is planned for Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Whately … 0

Pasiecnik group seeks shorter pot moratorium

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

WHATELY — A one-year moratorium on medical marijuana treatment centers in Whately could be a death sentence for JM Farm’s Patient Group Inc.’s proposal to open a dispensary in Franklin County, the nonprofit partners said. Joshua Sodaitis and Nicholas Spagnola, partners in the venture with local farmer James … 0

Pasiecnik nixes pot dispensary in Deerfield 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

DEERFIELD — Whately potato farmer James Pasiecnik is no longer looking to put a registered medical marijuana dispensary in Deerfield and he has zeroed in on Whately. Under J.M. Farm’s Patient Group, Pasiecnik is one of five applicants vying for a license to open a dispensary in Franklin … 0

Deerfield delays opinion on pot proposal

Monday, September 30, 2013

SOUTH DEERFIELD — When asked by local farmer James Pasiecnik whether they would support his application to open a registered medical marijuana growing and dispensary operation in town, the Board of Selectmen demurred. Instead, the board said recently that it needed more information from the state Department of … 0

Deerfield looks at zoning for medical marijuana

Monday, September 30, 2013

DEERFIELD — The Planning Board has proposed new zoning rules that would allow medical marijuana treatment centers in industrial and planned industrial zoned areas by special permit. On Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall, the townspeople will be asked to weigh in on the proposal at a … 0

Boston area lawyers apply for pot license

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Two Boston area lawyers are among the five applicants hoping to open a registered medical marijuana dispensary in Franklin County. Robert Carp of Newton and Stephen Cottens of Norwood applied for a license under the nonprofit name Baystate … 0