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

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

Pioneer Gardens aims to grow medical pot

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

DEERFIELD — Using Mill Village Road as a base, Pioneer Gardens Inc. hopes to turn its perennial plants into marijuana plants. Owner Jaap Molenaar and his lawyer, Richard Evans of Northampton, expressed an interest at Wednesday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting in developing a cultivation operation on Mill … 0

Drive-throughs find favor at Bernardston hearing

Sunday, July 21, 2013

BERNARDSTON — Drive-through restaurants in parts of town are A-OK with those who attended a hearing on the matter, according to the chairwoman of the Planning Board. “We proposed allowing drive-through or drive-in restaurants in the town’s industrial district,” said Christine Wysk, Planning Board chairwoman. “People seemed to … 0