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TELL US: Would You Want a Marijuana Dispensary in Town?

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 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?

Emcee of Seekonk November 14, 2012 at 06:27 PM
"...we might as well tax it." I see no problem with that... tax it as you would cigarettes. And while we're at it, find a way to fine/punish people who are driving impaired.
Angela November 14, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I thinkit shoul be legal every where.. not just for mediacl purpose. It is really not considered a drug,, No one has ever been known for dieing from it!!! Ppl die from booze and ciggeretts and pills that anyone can buy anywhere. and all that islegal. Those are condidered drugs,, and pot is not!!!
Emcee of Seekonk November 14, 2012 at 06:31 PM
@Tina... "...regular grocery setups...pot brownies and cookies, tea..." There ya go. Woodstock revisited.
michael horan November 14, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Sure. The concern is that there'll be more weed around, or that it will suddenly be more available, but the fact it, it could hardly be more available here in Stoughton and across the Commonwealth than it is. You can't keep it away from younger people any more than you can the suprisingly large numbers of venerable and respectable elders here in town who use it--not via prohibition, anyway. We're well on our way towards wholesale legalization. Pretending that by refusing to allow dispensaries we are in any way stemming the tide of use of simply laughable, and in another decade, we'll all be looking back wondering what the fuss was about. We allow liquor licenses--and reading the police log, we see regular accounts of fights being broken up in or around bars--something you WON'T see around dispensaries, guaranteed (quite the opposite). Now that the people have spoken, dispensaries are legitimate businesses--providing good jobs and more tax revenues for the towns in which they are established. They'll be subject to intense regulation and scrutiny--no one running a dispensary is going to take a chance on illicit dealing--they'll be making good money, and will not risk being shut down (and a possible stint in prison).
Daniel F. Devine November 14, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Will these "MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES" accept E.B.T. cards? Will they deliver if an order is called in from an OBAMA PHONE?
Avon Barksdale November 14, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Yes. Yes they will. Great point.
paul November 14, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Get over it, Romney lost and the Republican Party is a ghost.
xojmo November 14, 2012 at 08:09 PM
No one has ever died of a marijuana overdose.
Tina Silverio November 14, 2012 at 10:20 PM
well, Google it! lol I'm not kidding...nice little, taxable bakeries and tea shops. Stuff like that.
Janet Sroczynski November 14, 2012 at 10:41 PM
When you can't afford Obamacare, then they give you pot.
Jack November 14, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Prove it.
Reason November 15, 2012 at 02:13 AM
WebMD http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20030918/marijuana-smoking-doesnt-kill
Indiana November 15, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I have no problem with the folks who need it...who makes that decision?
BH November 15, 2012 at 03:43 AM
I think people need to ask other questions such as; will this have any financial impact on the town either negative or positive. Will this increase traffic with only 35 spread across 350+ towns. Will these dispenceries attract any crime/fraud. And will it call for additional police patrols calling for higher taxes.
Shee G November 15, 2012 at 04:00 AM
These same HURTING PEOPLE should have SEPARATE TRANSPORTION too, so as NOT to endanger those on roads (especially busy highways where patience lacks unfortunately), The separate Transportation could be needed as I have heard that many are in too much pain. Good Luck with this new venture is all I would say. Blessings to all. P.S. Oh, and my opinion is pharmacy's should have special packaging for patients, since this is pain related! Taxes come from EVERY WHERE and is also needed.
Daniel F. Devine November 15, 2012 at 10:25 AM
"MARIJUANA" ~ The "CURE ALL" for all these poor unfortunate people in severe "PAIN". Ya Right!
Daniel F. Devine November 15, 2012 at 10:32 AM
"MARIJUANA" ~ The "CURE ALL" for all these poor unfortunate people in severe "PAIN". Ya Right! ~ Why not Cocaine & Herion too, (They say it "Helps" with the "Pain" Also)
Avon Barksdale November 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Yes, yes they do. Great point.
Avon Barksdale November 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Tremendous analysis, thank you for your insight.
Amy November 15, 2012 at 02:21 PM
My mother had cancer and the cost of the medicine to help with the Nausea from Chemo was $90.00. Even if pot was available, I don't think she would have tried it. However, Viagra and birth control were free!
Buseybee November 15, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I'm glad Marijuana will now be available to those who need it for medicinal purposes. Personally, I think it should be legalized for everyone, regulated, taxed and carry the same penalties as driving under the influence of alcohol. I'm not sure I understand what these "dispensaries" are. Is Marijuana the only drug they would dispense? Or, would it be dispensed by Liquor stores? You have a picture of a liquor store at the top of this page so I don't know if that was meant to mean that you could buy pot at liquor stores. That doesn't make any sense to me. I had wrongly assumed that it would be dispensed by pharmacies like any other drug and that it would not be taxed because it would be "medicine". Also, when there are auto accidents due to "being under the influence" it's usually alcohol not marijuana that's involved. I don't have the stats but I'd bet that alcohol kills more people than marijuana.
Just Saying November 15, 2012 at 05:41 PM
The doctor that gives them the prescription.
Just Saying November 15, 2012 at 05:49 PM
And this is your response to the question "Would You Want a Marijuana Dispensary in Town?".
edmardzora November 26, 2012 at 04:48 PM
when are the dortors and dispenpensarys going to be posted? for massachusetts, I think the left didn,t think It was goinig to pass the Q 3 waiting for help thinks.....
Kelly November 28, 2012 at 01:58 PM
What a breathe of fresh air that medicinal marijuana is legalized in MA. Hopefully our trustworthy physicians will prescribe this hollistic method instead of further poisoning our residents with opiates and turning them into heroin junkies. I don't know about you, but I'd love for my town to no longer be refered to as "Needlewood"; and I'd sure as hell love for doctors to stop giving out chemical painkillers to everyone and their mother for ailments as simple as a sunburn (true story because I've seen it!). Also, let's jump to the future when marijuana will be legal for medicinal use: it would be taxed, regulated (less THC), and the money would not be going to drug cartels (although, I suspect it goes to some botonist in Canada). It would be less of a "gateway drug" (or so they say) because a customer would not have a nasty drug dealer trying to push harmful drugs on them. But people would still illegally grow it to a high THC level at home? Treat them like Moonshiners. What if people are driving under the influence and we can't tell if they're stoned? Slap a label on the container stating to not operate heavy machinery after taking this medicine. Is that not on the container of the harmful drugs your doctor sends you home with? Yes, legalizing and taxing marijuana would help the economy monumentally, because people are not going to stop partaking in the activity of smoking/ eating/ inhaling vapors of marijuana. For now, let the sick choose their drug.
Kelly November 28, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Oops, 2nd paragraph. Recreational, not medicinal. (My apologies for the typo). :)
Uncle Crackhead November 28, 2012 at 02:17 PM
wheres do i get me free obama weed? eyes is sick
Just Saying November 28, 2012 at 02:34 PM
But then you'll need to change your moniker to Uncle Pot-head. Probably better to just keep doing what you're doing.
nick November 28, 2012 at 03:02 PM
yes i want one !! you can get in your system pretty much any way imaginable even for people with weak lungs. its never killed anyone. it doesn't make you violent. And if you think its worse than cigarets that you can buy pretty much ANYWHERE....well your nuts and don't belong here. GREEN MOVEMENT PEOPLE ITS ABOUT TIME
smitty January 05, 2013 at 05:06 AM
yes i think as long as its labeled weed!!!!!!! People wont even know its there.i cant take it that it bothers them that a store is going to sell pot to sick people who gives a shit if you dont like pot then dont do it its not like some poor lady with breast cancer and real sick from treatment is going to light a bong on the front bench shes going home and smoking in bed sooooo every one needs to chill out and let as many towns and citys open them up

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