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Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensaries may open this summer

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, March, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
PITTSFIELD -- Medical marijuana dispensaries could open in Massachusetts by this summer now that state public health officials plan to approve final regulations this spring.
 
The Department of Public Health's draft regulations will be issued March 29. If approved by the Public Health Council, which reviews all health policies in Massachusetts, the rules governing marijuana dispensaries could go into effect May 24.
 
Attorney General Martha M. Coakley has also ruled that Massachusetts cities and towns cannot ban local dispensaries for medical marijuana. They can adopt measures to regulate and or delay dispensaries. Coakley's ruling, prompted by Wakefield's local ban on dispensaries last fall, states local bans would or will conflict with Massachusetts law.
 
Medical marijuana and dispensaries to distribute pot were approved by 63 percent of Bay State voters last November. A week later, Wakefield residents voted to ban dispensaries.
 

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AG says Mass. towns cannot ban Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, March, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts towns cannot bar medical marijuana treatment centers from being established within their borders, but they can impose zoning rules on the dispensaries, state Attorney General Martha Coakley ruled on Wednesday.
    
Coakley struck down a Wakefield bylaw that would have barred the treatment centers, but separately approved a bylaw adopted in Burlington that places a moratorium on the facilities until the town completes a further study of zoning issues.
    
Massachusetts voters passed a ballot question in November allowing for the use of medicinal marijuana for patients with certain medical conditions, including cancer, Parkinson's disease and AIDS. The new law allows for as many as 35 dispensaries to open around the state where patients can receive up to a 60-day supply of marijuana.
    
"The (law's) legislative purpose could not be served if a municipality could prohibit treatment centers within its borders, for if one municipality could do so, presumably all could do so," Coakley wrote in her decision rejecting the Wakefield bylaw that would have banned the dispensaries outright.
    
She added, however, that her review also concluded there was nothing to prohibit cities and towns from adopting zoning rules for the treatment centers that could, for example, restrict where a dispensary could be located.
 
Read more: http://www.necn.com

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Medical marijuana dispensaries raided in G.R.

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, March, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- At least one Grand Rapids medical marijuana dispensary is serving its clients again, after being raided by the Grand Rapids Police Vice Unit.
 
Lieutenant Rich Nawrocki says police took marijuana and other products from three clubs Wednesday.
 
Medical marijuana dispensaries were ruled to be illegal by the Michigan Supreme Court in February.
 
The state attorney general gave county prosecutors the go-ahead to start shutting down dispensaries.
 
"They took the computer, they took the fax machine, they took the artwork off the walls even," said Anthony Brown, owner of Natural Wellness.
 
"They took scales, medicine for our patients. Our checkbooks, our logs," said David Overholt, owner of Mid-Michigan Compassion Club.
 

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Gov. Christie: 'No crisis' because only one medical pot shop open

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, March, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
JERSEY CITY — Gov. Chris Christie said the slow progress of the medical marijuana program in New Jersey, where hundreds of people are waiting to obtain the drug from the state's lone supplier, is not a "crisis."
 
The Star-Ledger reported today that two years after the Department of Health awarded six nonprofits to grow and sell medical marijuana, only Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair is operating, and its owners said they are not prepared to serve patients from across the state. The five other nonprofits have encountered difficulty finding communities willing to host them, and completing the state's lengthy vetting process.
 
Christie said the vetting process is tough for a reason.
 
"You look at what's going on across the country," Christie said, talking about lax enforcement of other medical marijuana programs. "Not going to happen in New Jersey. If they have to go through more regulatory hoops to make sure only the truly sick and suffering get this, then that is what we are going to do."
 
The nonprofits have struggled to find communities willing to host them. Some have described the state's vetting process as arduous and confusing.
 
"We will approve new dispensaries as they meet the requirements under the regulations. (Health) Commissioner (Mary) O'Dowd is working hard to get them through the regulatory requirements," Christie told reporters at a press conference in Jersey City.
 
Christie also took aim against Greenleaf, which has served 114 patients at least once since opening Dec. 6. The remaining 562 registered patients face a two month-long wait before they get their turn.
 
Read more: http://www.nj.com

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Sunset Beach Cannabis dispensary closes for license talks

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, March, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
HUNTINGTON BEACH – The first medical marijuana dispensary to open its doors in Sunset Beach for two years closed Sunday so owners can meet with Huntington Beach officials about acquiring a business license, an owner said.
The dispensary, called Patient Med-Aid after the cooperative that founded it, had been operating without a license since it opened Feb. 4 at a storefront on Pacific Coast Highway near Warner Avenue.
 
Dispensaries in Sunset Beach had previously been closed by Orange County in January 2011 ahead of the community's annexation by Huntington Beach, which doesn't offer licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries.
But Patient Med-Aid co-owner Marla James said city officials seemed open to discussing that stance in talks that started Friday.
 
"Even just one dispensary in this area would be very helpful. That's something that's important, and the fact that we are working with the city will help," said James, a medical marijuana user confined to a wheelchair after losing a leg to diabetes.
 

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House Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, March, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
The Michigan House of Representatives is considering a bill that would allow the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries. The Medical Marijuana Provisioning Center Regulation Act comes on the heels of a Michigan Supreme Court decision that ruled that the transfer of medical marijuana between patients that takes place in dispensaries is not included in the original Michigan Medical Marijuana Act passed in 2008.
 
Mike Callton (R-Nashville) said dispensaries are necessary in order for patients to have safe access to medicine.
 

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