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Medical Marijuana
Patriot Care Corp. is the only group to submit an application for a medical marijuana dispensary in Franklin County. The group is looking into Greenfield's American Legion building as a possible location.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

County gets 1 applicant for marijuana dispensary

Friday, August 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — Patriot Care Corp. is one step closer to opening Franklin County’s first medical marijuana dispensary. On Friday, four nonprofits submitted applications to run dispensaries in the seven counties without a dispensary applicant. Patriot Care is the only group to submit an application for Franklin County. The nonprofit has proposed turning the American Legion building on Legion Avenue into … 0

JM Farms sues state for nixing license

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A locally based nonprofit that wants to sell medical marijuana in Franklin County has sued the state for “arbitrarily and capriciously” rejecting its application. JM Farm’s Patient Group is suing the state Department of Public Health to halt the state medical marijuana selection process and to explain why it didn’t grant a license to JM. The nonprofit has joined two … 0

GCC to decide medical marijuana use policy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a medical marijuana dispensary proposed for the downtown, Greenfield Community College is working to develop a policy on whether to allow marijuana for medicinal purposes on campus by the spring. Currently, the school does not have a policy since the state legalized the drug for medicine two years ago. The Student Development Committee, which looks at policy and procedure at … 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

Montague looks at  pot dispensary issue

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

MONTAGUE — How do you solve a problem like where to allow a marijuana dispensary, and is it even a problem? At its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the town Planning Board continued to discuss the question that has come up in many Franklin County towns since the overwhelming … 0

Bernardston to answer: ‘What is a restaurant?’

Friday, July 12, 2013

BERNARDSTON — Proposed zoning changes could clear up confusion about what types of restaurants are and are not allowed in town, among other things. The Planning Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, in Town Hall, on several zoning and bylaw proposals. Residents will have … 0

Medical-marijuana invite nipped in bud

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

WENDELL — In the end, pot proved less controversial than the stove. A proposed remodeling of the Town Hall kitchen — from which the stove is temporarily excluded due to its controversial nature — generated nearly an hour’s debate at Monday’s annual town meeting, in contrast to the … 2

Wendell seeks to be medical pot-friendly town

Friday, May 31, 2013

WENDELL — While some area towns scramble to find legal ways of blocking medical marijuana dispensaries, Wendell voters will be asked to issue an open invitation to marijuana farms and dispensaries. A resolution declaring the town “a medical marijuana-friendly community” is among the articles on the agenda for … 0

Area workshop set on medical marijuana

Thursday, May 23, 2013

With new state regulations on medical marijuana set to take effect today, some towns have been looking to control or prevent treatment centers from siting in parts of their communities, or anywhere in town. But while the state forbids outright bans on the dispensaries, there are still zoning … 0

Conway OKs $4.7M budget

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

CONWAY — Voters have approved a $4.7 million budget for 2014, as well as $175,000 to develop plans and help fund construction of a new highway garage, and have placed a moratorium on the establishment of medical marijuana growing centers. At least 200 gathered earlier this week at … 0