Massachusetts Voters to Decide if Up to 35 Cannabis Dispensaries Can Be Opened

By Anne Holland

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin’s office announced Wednesday that supporters of the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative have gathered enough local citizen signatures to place the measure on the November ballot.

The measure would allow doctors to legally prescribe marijuana to card-carrying patients with a limited range of conditions such as cancer, ALS or Parkinson’s disease. Patients could keep up to a 60-day supply of the drug in their homes for personal use.

Although each of the 14 state counties might have up to five dispensaries, a total of only 35 dispensaries would be licensed state-wide. Dispensaries would cultivate all their own marijuana in “enclosed, locked facilities”.

Patients who were unable to access a dispensary, due to distance, physical hardship or financial problems, might be licensed to grow their own medicine. The potential Mass law would not allow delivery services, nor would it force insurance or government agencies to pay for patient’s cannabis needs.

The Massachusetts Medical Society, publishers of the renowned New England Journal of Medicine, voted its opposition to legalized medical marijuana by a 2/3 majority on May 19th. However, it’s worth noting that the Society also strongly recommended that the DEA reclassify marijuana so its potential medicinal use can be further studied and possibly regulated.

4 comments on “Massachusetts Voters to Decide if Up to 35 Cannabis Dispensaries Can Be Opened
  1. Patrick on

    Thankfully, MA law enforcement is no longer interested in personal use of otherwise law abiding adults. So unless federal police are planning to infiltrate the state, we will be able to smoke in our homes without fear of arrest.

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  2. law abiding citizen on

    I have a question? Why is it not legal in the first place? What ever happened to land of the free? Because here in America It’s called civil rights. We have rules, and rules and rules followed by more rules. Full legalization for both medical AND recreational use would positively affect Mass’s economic melt-down creating more jobs benefiting from the revenue. Medical use only would just create more taxes that people would have to pay which feds would be gladly to take out of your pocket. Fully legalization is the way to go. After all it is only just a plant, right?

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