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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

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

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