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 in Eastern Massachusetts, according to a report on MassRealEstateLawBlog.com
- Boston, Roxbury/Dorchester/Mattapan, South Boston (Suffolk County)
- Cambridge, Lowell, Framingham, Marlborough (Middlesex County)
- Lawrence, Salem, Peabody, Lynn (Essex County)
- Dedham, Brookline (Norfolk County)
- Brockton, Plymouth (Plymouth County)
- Taunton, New Bedford (Bristol County)
- Worcester (Worcester County)
What do you think? Is this a classic case of NIMBY (fine, but Not In My Back Yard)? Or do medical marijuana dispensaries really not make sense in your town, but they're fine somewhere else — and if so, why?