Medical marijuana in Massachusetts
After much anticipation, state health officials today revealed the names of just 20 companies awarded licenses to operate medical marijuana dispensaries across 10 counties in Massachusetts.
The list of companies vying to open Massachusetts first medical marijuana dispensaries has been pared down significantly, as roughly a third of those that survived the first-round cut in September chose not to go forward.
Needham's Planning Board will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 4 on where medical marijuana dispensaries would be allowed to set up in town, officials announced recently.
Plans to bring a medical marijuana dispensary into Quincy are moving forward, with Quincy officials making preliminary agreements to work with a facility.
Having rejected a medical marijuana moratorium that would have extended into 2015 and approved a moratorium that ends in December 2014, the Massachusetts Attorney Generals Office has developed a cut-off point for towns that want to extend temporary moratoriums on the fledgling industry.
With more people approved to buy medical pot, Colorado officials saw a jump in calls to poison control centers about children inadvertently eating marijuana-laced products like brownies, cookies, and candies, according to a study published online by JAMA Pediatrics.
Regulations proposed by state health officials would require dispensaries granted a license to sell medical marijuana to pay an annual fee of $50,000 while patients would pay a $50 yearly registration fee. (5/24/13)
Draft rules for medical marijuana use in Massachusetts largely leave it up to doctors to decide which patients will qualify for treatment with the drug. (3/29/13)
Several companies in Colorado the epicenter of the nations medical marijuana industry are eager to capitalize on the expected green rush as Massachusetts medical marijuana program gets off the ground. (3/6/13)
The state attorney general's office struck down Wakefield's ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, ruling that towns can regulate, but not prohibit the centers. (3/13/13)
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