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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

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

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