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TELL US: Would You Want a Marijuana Dispensary in Town?

The medical marijuana ballot initiative passed on Tuesday, which means up to 35 medical marijuana dispensaries can open in 2013. Would you be OK with having one in town?

Medical marijuana is coming to Massachusetts. The question is: where?

The medical marijana ballot initiative that passed in Tuesdays election with 63 percent voter approval means that up to 35 medical marijuana dispensaries can open up in the state in 2013.

The new law goes into effect January 1, but requires rules and regulations be set up by the Department of Public Health.

Some towns and cities, such as Quincy, reportedly are already trying to line up regulations that would keep dispensaries out of their municipalities, which have proved troublesome in some of the nine states where medical marijuana dispensaries have been legal.

What do you think? Is this a classic case of NIMBY (fine, but Not In My Back Yard)? Or do medical marijuana dispensaries really not make sense in your town, but they're fine somewhere else — and if so, why?

Franklin Tucker (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 10:24 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-slZNNxk9a4
danielle November 09, 2012 at 10:30 PM
First you can't just go to cvs, yes its a prescription but you have to pay for it. There won't be a copay and your health insurance won't cover the cost, neither will any food stamps money. PEOPLE read the bill that was past. Plus if you have children they aren't allowed in a dispenser. Would you want your local pharmacy smelling like WEED! I don't. For anyone states no in my town it is already here and there are worse drugs out there and liquor stores on every corner. For those of us with disabling medical problems yes medical marijuana does help. Just be greatfull that we only past medical use unlike Colorado and Washington states that will make it legal to smoke for everyone 18+.
Debbie November 09, 2012 at 10:48 PM
All I can say is this: I survived cancer (stage four Hodgkins Disease) twice. The first round of chemo was very difficult. I was throwing up before I left the chemo lounge. I tried every medicine they would prescribe including TCH pills. Nothing worked. Nothing. Finally at the urging of my chemo nurse I smoked pot. It was a MIRACLE. I could function. I could eat. I could keep the medicine IN my system. I am alive. I did not get "addicted" nor did I use it as a gateway drug. I gave it up when I was done with my chemo. I am 20 years cancer free and I thank my doctors, my attitude and yes, pot.
Allan W McCombs November 10, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Waltham already has too many businesses. Why not have one in Burlington and employ our residences?
Walthamguy November 10, 2012 at 06:03 AM
TELL US: Would You Want a Marijuana Dispensary in Town? OMG, as if we didn't already have dozens if not hundreds of them!
Chris O'Hara November 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM
People have been conditioned to believe alcohol is safer than cannabis....thats why its easier for people to ignore the death and destruction brought on by alcohol use....and pounce on any lie misleading statement outdated study with seriously flawed methodology and use it as fact..... Id rather full legalization and cannabis stores than package stores......
Allan W McCombs November 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM
We learned during 18th amendment that legal alcohol is safer than illegal alcohol. When was cannabis illegal, 1937? What have we learned since then?
Paul Hurteau November 10, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Why not just sell it through liquor stores??
Dr.Rosen-rosen November 12, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Looks like a lot of local towns are gearing up to block marijuana dispensaries... http://www.massrealestatelawblog.com/2012/11/11/massachusetts-municipalities-and-residents-gearing-up-for-battle-over-medical-marijuana-dispensaries/
Carrie November 13, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I think they should be dispensing it in Lexington.
Local Table November 13, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Does your town have a liquor store? Consider the amount of underage drinking and DUI offenses and then compare these awful outcomes to the positive impact for people who need medically prescribed marijuana, emphasis on the word 'prescribed'. Vicodin and OxyContin are prescribed in our local pharmacies, so why not marijuana? Liquor stores have licenses and rules to follow, why not marijuana dispensaries?
Margo November 14, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Because Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and may not be prescribed by any doctors. By this bill it can only be recommended. So people will have POT SHOPS in their towns.
Margo November 14, 2012 at 03:23 PM
As DOJ has said on many occasions, Congress has determined through the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) that marijuana is a Schedule I drug and as such growing, distributing, and possessing marijuana in any capacity save a federal research program is in “violation of federal law regardless of state laws permitting such activities” (U.S. DOJ, U.S. Attorneys Durkan and Ormsby, April 14, 2011). DOJ has further stated that “this core priority [of disrupting drug trafficking organizations] includes prosecution of business enterprises that unlawfully market and sell marijuana”(U.S. DOJ, U.S. Attorneys Durkan and Ormsby, April 14, 2011). ...
Margo November 14, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Ballot Question 3 includes the same loophole that allows for widespread recreational pot use through the medical marijuana industries in California and Colorado. The proposed law lists specific conditions for which a doctor can recommend marijuana. However, the language also includes “other conditions” which would allow anyone to get marijuana for any reason (anxiety, pain, insomnia, ADHD, back pain, headaches, etc.). Regardless of whether this initiative passes, a doctor cannot “prescribe” marijuana because it’s illegal under federal law. Doctors would only be able to recommend marijuana. “Millions of Massachusetts residents would potentially be eligible for medical marijuana under Question 3,” boasts a Colorado attorney who’s opened a new office here in Boston looking to profit from November’s vote. His web site states that the catchall phrase in the proposed law “other conditions” allows for maladies including “chronic pain and mental conditions – such as anxiety and depression”. Coming from Colorado, he would know. Currently there are over 100,000 medical marijuana cardholders in Colorado. 95% of them were issued for maladies in the “other condition” category. 70% of cardholders are white, 30-something, healthy males with a history of drug abuse.
Margo November 14, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Karla, take a look at this. This is what we are getting our selves into. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1USWdiJ-nc
Margo November 14, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Everyone should of watched this before voting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWSHFZmm8Eg
Margo November 14, 2012 at 03:35 PM
As a “non-profit” industry, treatment facilities and grow operations would NOT be subject to property taxes, or sales taxes, even if sales exceed millions of dollars annually, and treatment center owners collect six-figure salaries. While the law claims registration fees will offset costs, the actual costs of properly enforcing the law (as a mini-DEA) will be in the millions of dollars – a price tag too high to be paid for by simple registration fees from 35 facilities. Beyond the licensing fee, there is no revenue to set up the separate, unique government run dispensary system or the regulation, inspections and enforcement to oversee it. Our currently stressed, underfunded DPH is charged with that job, the very agency that just cost taxpayers millions with their drug lab debacle caused by one employee. This month, Boulder Colorado’s City Council is working to re-craft their marijuana pot store regulation because their public health department loses hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in the administrative costs to oversee and regulate them. (For context, in 2007 a “treatment center” opened in Almeda County, California. The first year sales revenues were $79K, the second year were $1.3 million, the 3rd year they brought in $21 million, and in the first 6 months of the fourth year revenues were a whopping $26.3 million)
Margo November 14, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Zoning: Marijuana “treatment centers” and grow operations could be allowed anywhere in a city or town, including areas located next to schools, churches, playgrounds, hospitals, athletic fields, parks, etc. Treatment centers are nothing more than pot stores – they sell all strands of raw pot and “medibles” – candy, cookies, fudge, ice cream, gelato, pastes, you name it – all and any foods can be infused with marijuana. In California, they called them treatment stores in the beginning, but now they’re called “clubs”. We call them pot shops – or pot stores. Anyone 21 years or older could own and operate a pot store, with no special training – not even a high school diploma. No pharmacist, doctor or medical professional would be on staff. In California and Colorado, they’ve had big employment campaigns targeting high school graduates and college age kids to work in them.
Margo November 14, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Massachusetts will be the only state other than California that gives a single physician the sole discretion to determine what conditions should be treated with medical marijuana. And there’s no limit on the number of recommendations a single physician can make. It is this leniency that has drawn out the worst in doctors in other states. In one case in Oregon a single doctor signed 35% of all medical marijuana card recommendations in one year, amounting to an average of 29 per day at $200 per signature.
Margo November 14, 2012 at 03:40 PM
As DOJ has said on many occasions, Congress has determined through the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) that marijuana is a Schedule I drug and as such growing, distributing, and possessing marijuana in any capacity save a federal research program is in “violation of federal law regardless of state laws permitting such activities” (U.S. DOJ, U.S. Attorneys Durkan and Ormsby, April 14, 2011). DOJ has further stated that “this core priority [of disrupting drug trafficking organizations] includes prosecution of business enterprises that unlawfully market and sell marijuana”(U.S. DOJ, U.S. Attorneys Durkan and Ormsby, April 14, 2011).
Margo November 14, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Because Marijuana is FEDERALLY ILLEGAL. As DOJ has said on many occasions, Congress has determined through the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) that marijuana is a Schedule I drug and as such growing, distributing, and possessing marijuana in any capacity save a federal research program is in “violation of federal law regardless of state laws permitting such activities” (U.S. DOJ, U.S. Attorneys Durkan and Ormsby, April 14, 2011). DOJ has further stated that “this core priority [of disrupting drug trafficking organizations] includes prosecution of business enterprises that unlawfully market and sell marijuana”(U.S. DOJ, U.S. Attorneys Durkan and Ormsby, April 14, 2011).
Allan W McCombs November 14, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Margo, copy & pasting is spamming. With regards to the youtube, it seems that more than 50% have disagreed with the last part of a better solution, as there is not a better solution. You obviously do not have one of the medical conditions to get a card otherwise you would know that many times that man-made drugs are sometimes worse than the disease itself. Marijuana is not the problem, the problem is that the politicians are wasting our tax dollars while writing the laws that have the loops holes, maybe on purpose for job security. But that's a different debate.
Local Table November 15, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Marijuana does not meet the qualifications to be a Schedule 1 controlled substance, even though it is classified as such. The origins of why marijuana is included with cocaine and heroin as a Schedule 1 controlled substance include misperception, economic interests and historical racial fears and discrimination. Yet legally prescribed drugs such as Oxycontin could qualify as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. My point is that when a drug is deemed medically helpful, state and local officials try to regulate its distribution, although the potential for misuse and/or abuse cannot be fully prevented. This happens every day all across our nation since alcohol is by far, the true gateway drug and ongoing substance of choice for many addicts. Most 21 year olds have been drinking for years before they legally enter a liquor store, and, they are not required to have any special training to do so, or to work in one.
Anonymous November 16, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Everyone just needs so try it, and then decide if it’s really that bad. Maybe not make decisions without a firsthand opinion. Maybe educate them selves on why it’s even federally illegal in the first place. Take a look back into American history and you will realize how hypocritical the whole situation is.
Gahley December 02, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I feel as if they made the right decision..Plenty of peoplr struggle to get their own marijuana for all types of reasons..but when you have a illness or disease that marijuana can help or treat you bet people are going to use that solution..think of it alcohol is a "addictive" drug YET how many bars/liquor stores are surrounded in woburn? Way to many.. also think of this take a look in ur medicine cabinet how many prescripted pills do u have that has 10x more harm than marijuana..plus there are to many people in prison for marijuana when we need other people that do worse crimes in jail ..people say marijuana is an addictive drug.. yet u have no clue what ur saying.. ive been smokng pot for years and i can resist not smoking..as for an example my father has hepititas C, depression,anxiety and so on.. so your telling me that my father has to take a risk of getting arrested just so he can be happy.if medical marijuana gets approved in woburn we will see an economic growth in our society due to all these dispensaries making millions of dollars
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ December 02, 2012 at 08:44 PM
If Sudbury has liquor stores, why wouldn't we be able to have Medicinal Marijuana Dispensaries? Let's drop the government propaganda agenda and be real for a minute. Liquor is way worse than marijuana and we all know it. How often do you hear about someone getting stoned and going home to beat their wife? But if I'm being honest with myself... of course Sudbury won't have a dispensary.. why? Because this is Sudbury! The army of overprotective parents and do-gooders wouldn't allow that! There will probably be a dispensary or two in Natick or Framingham, so I'm not complaining.
mrpushrod January 31, 2013 at 02:59 PM
I can't believe how many people have their heads in the sand. Absolutely we should allow dispensaries in Waltham. Furthermore, I am getting sick and tired of pot being illegal for no reason. Most of the people trying to suppress the legalization drink or take prescription pills of some sort. We need to stop the stupid laws that criminalize pot. We are wasting valuable money fighting something so foolish. I bet if we drug tested the waltham police force for pot they would all be in jail.
mrpushrod January 31, 2013 at 03:03 PM
I can't believe how many people have their heads in the sand. Absolutely we should allow dispensaries in Waltham. Furthermore, I am getting sick and tired of pot being illegal for no reason. Most of the people trying to suppress the legalization drink or take prescription pills of some sort. We need to stop the stupid laws that criminalize pot. We are wasting valuable money fighting something so foolish. Who can't get pot off of the streets anyways. I bet if we drug tested the waltham police force for pot they would all be in jail. Dunkin Doughuts in Waltham would go under. What value added are we getting for our hard earned tax dollar fighting this substance?
pmotw January 31, 2013 at 05:34 PM
"What difference does it make?" We need the tax revenue to support big government!
Devils Advocate June 22, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Yes, a dispensary right next door would be ideal.

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