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Medical Marijuana

JM Farm’s Patient Group questions state DPH selection process

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DEERFIELD — In their bid for a state medical marijuana license, JM Farm’s Patient Group, one of three companies to apply for Franklin County, had done everything required of them by state Department of Public Health regulators, the nonprofit’s director says. It had community support, secured a lease on an accessible dispensing site right off Interstate 91, recruited one of … 0

What’s next in store for medical pot?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — The five applicants invited to re-apply for medical marijuana licenses in the seven open counties, including Franklin County, will find out today what their next steps are to secure one of the remaining coveted licenses. The state Department of Public Health Medical Use of Marijuana Program will host an informational session today at 11 a.m. in Boston for the five Registered … 0

State to begin 2nd round for pot shop licenses

Friday, June 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — Still no medical marijuana for Franklin County. State medical marijuana dispensary applicants have until Aug. 29 to apply for a provisional license to run a dispensary in Franklin County. The application process will kick off July 9 and licenses will be announced in October. Franklin County has been one of four counties that have been waiting in the wings for applicants … 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

Conway to vote on $4,757,924 budget Monday

Friday, May 10, 2013

CONWAY — Monday, townspeople will be asked to approve a $4,757,924 budget for next year, which covers projects for Frontier school improvements, engineering plans for a new highway garage and senior housing review slated for the Rose property. The number reflects the amount recommended by the Selectboard and … 0

Conway studying moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

CONWAY — Town Planning Board members and four residents at a hearing this week seemed to support the idea of a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in town. “I’m absolutely in favor of a moratorium to give the town time to determine how it would be regulated … 0

Conway Planning Board to consider medical marijuana moratorium

Monday, April 22, 2013

CONWAY —On May 2, the Planning Board will consider a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in the town. The moratorium would give the Planning Board time to work out new zoning bylaws related to the facilities. Chairman Diane Poland insisted the moratorium is not “an attempt to … 0

Shelburne planners seek longer wind moratorium

Saturday, April 6, 2013

SHELBURNE — Instead of seeking a zoning bylaw for small-scale wind turbines at the May 7 annual town meeting, the Planning Board will ask for a one-year extension of the town’s wind turbine moratorium to give the Wind Advisory Committee more time to develop a better bylaw. At … 3