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Needham Town Meeting votes to temporarily ban medical marijuana centers

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  May 7, 2013 02:05 PM

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Needham Annual Town Meeting voted Monday night to pass a 10-month moratorium that would temporarily prevent any medical marijuana dispensaries from opening in town, according to officials at Town Hall.

The moratorium, popular in many Massachusetts communities since Attorney General Martha Coakley deemed them lawful earlier this spring, would give Needham officials until March 1, 2014 to investigate where dispensaries should potentially be located according to zoning.

The article was sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and supported by the town's Planning Board.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is expected to issue final regulations governing medical marijuana later this month.

Massachusetts voters passed a ballot question in November allowing for the use of medicinal marijuana for patients with certain medical conditions. Patients would be allowed to receive up to a 60-day supply of marijuana.

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