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Medical Marijuana

Deerfield board supports medical marijuana shop

Thursday, June 4, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Board of Selectmen has given a green light to New England Patient Network to once again pursue opening a medical marijuana dispensary on Greenfield Road. The board issued a letter of support to the nonprofit Wednesday night. The nonprofit, formerly known as J.M. Farm’s Patient Group, was one of three groups to apply for a license to open a dispensary in Franklin County in 2014, but was … 0

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 … 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

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

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