Saturday, December 22, 2012
In no way does my new business item introduced this week halt any progress toward patients being able to get the medications they need.
In response to several comments I've been reading on Attleboro-Seekonk Patch, I would like to clarify and answer some of the questions that have been circulating regarding my stance on the medical marijuana dispensary issue. Yes, I did vote in favor of Question 3 and I'm proud to be in touch with the majority of voters in Attleboro and Ward 4 on this issue. My compassion for the sick and the costly fight of an unwinnable battle over a medicine ultimately swayed my thought process on this question. In no way does my new business item introduced this week halt any progress toward patients being able to get the medications they need, as has been suggested. The new business item basically says, "Let's implement this type of facility in our …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The City Council has a lengthy discussion on the possibility of opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Attleboro.
When it comes to medical marijuana, it appears nearly everybody on the Attleboro City Council has a strong opinion. There was a lengthy discussion Tuesday night about medical marijuana, its legalization by Massachusetts voters in November and how the city should prepare for the possibility of a local dispensary. By a vote of 9-2, the council sent related measures introduced by Councilors Jonathan Weydt and Jay DiLisio to its public safety committee for further review. Medical marijuana will be legal in Massachusetts starting Jan. 1 due to the passage of a ballot measure in November that was supported by 63 percent of voters (64 percent in Attleboro). The state health department has until the end of April to create regulations for the law. …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Councilor Jay DiLisio says he wants to get the conversation started. Councilor Jonathan Weydt is also interested in the subject.
Medical marijuana, which Massachusetts voters legalized in November, makes two appearances on the agenda for tonight's Attleboro City Council meeting. The separate items, listed under "new business," are written by City Councilors Jay DiLisio and Jonathan Weydt. DiLisio's measure states: That the council consider a resolution that would include imposing a six-month moratorium on all medical marijuana treatment centers in Attleboro, in order to afford the appropriate amount of time and study of the intricacies of the new state law. Weydt's measure states: That the Municipal Council establish an ordinance to be regulated by special permit with the Municipal Council as the Special Permit Granting Authority relative to the use of marijuana …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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 Jan. 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. Based on size, county seat, and demographics, there are a number of likely locations for marijuana dispensaries…
Friday, September 28, 2012
The governor, during a live chat with Patch, expressed skepticism about the legalization of medical marijuana, though he sympathized with patients in pain.
Governor Deval Patrick said he would likely vote no on Question Three this fall. During a Thursday live chat with Patch, a reader asked Patrick how he would vote on the ballot question and whether the governor was for or against the legalization of cannabis. "I am not too energized on this issue, personally. California's experience has been mixed. I will probably vote against it. I respect the opposing view, though, especially those whose concern is for people in constant pain," wrote the governor in response. Proponents say medical marijuana will help ease the pain and suffering of cancer patients and other eligible residents. Opponents, meanwhile, say the law is a back door to full legalization, and that medical marijuana can be …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Question 3 on the Nov. ballot will ask about legalizing medical marijuana.
This November voters will be able to cast a vote for or against legalizing medical marijuana in the Commonwealth. According to WBUR, proponents have formed the Committee For Compassionate Medicine (Subtitle: ‘Yes’ for Massachusetts Patients). The opponents are at MaVoteNoOnQuestion3.com. Question 3 on the ballot reads: “A yes vote would enact the proposed law eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana, allowing patients meeting certain conditions to obtain marijuana produced and distributed by new state-regulated centers, or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their own use.” So we want to know: Are you for or against bring medical marijuana to the state?