Massachusetts Medical Marijuana News
A few former elected officials and politically-connected persons have joined in the attempt to be part of the state’s medical marijuana industry by partnering with applicants who need help navigating the regulatory processes.
Former US representative William D. Delahunt, who is now a lobbyist, is also the president of a nonprofit corporation that has applied for three medicallicenses in Massachusetts.
Also involved in theapplication process are former state senators Andrea F. Nuciforo, Brian P. Lees, Henri Rauschenbach, and Guy Glodis, who is also the former Worcester County sheriff, and former House speaker Thomas M. Finneran.
David A. Passafaro, former chief of staff to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, is part of another group which has submitted three dispensary applications.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health officially released a county-by-county report of the 100 final applicants for medical marijuana dispensaries in MA.
Middlesex County has 17applications submitted by 16 companies. Five companies are competing for in Framingham. Four dispensaries are proposed for Lowell. One dispensary applicant is in Cambridge.
Worcester County has 14 dispensary applicants. Nine applications are for dispensaries in the city of Worcester, while two in Shrewsbury and one in Fitchburg, Leominster and Milford.
Suffolk County has nine dispensaries, five of them in Boston.
Massachusetts’s medicalallows every county to have at least one dispensary and no more than five.
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Quincy city officials say it is basically inevitable that a medicalwill end up in Quincy. They’re pushing to get a hosting agreement that would allow for mitigation payments for the city. The funding could help pay for surveillance cameras, anti-drug initiatives, and substance-abuse treatment programs.
“If a facility opens up on Independence Avenue in Braintree or East Milton Square in Milton, or in Weymouth or Dorchester, we would get all the negative impacts (of a) with very little of the mitigation that would come with it,” Ward 4 City Councilor Brian Palmucci said during a public safety meeting.
Palmucci said at least a handful of people have expressed interest in openingin Quincy. Three of them are hoping for sites in West Quincy. A new ordinance prohibits dispensaries from opening within 1,500 feet of a school, residential district, liquor establishment or other medical .
The Mayor will negotiate agreements, similar to those signed between communities and casino owners, that will require the dispensaries to divert some of its revenue to the host city.
As Massachusetts lawmakers create medical marijuana, offices are popping up all over the state.
Massachusettscan certify qualifying patients for medical marijuana, but the cannot yet purchase medical marijuana in Massachusetts. Patients will have to wait till 2014 before are in operation and have medicine to distribute to patients.
Many people are eager and want to get their medical marijuana card before theoffices get really busy with potential patients.
Canada is beginning what it believes will be a $1.3 billion medical marijuana free market this week to replace the homegrown marijuana production with large-scale quality-controlled marijuana production.
According to government estimates, the new medical marijuana free market could eventually serve upwards of 450,000 Canadians.
“Large indoor marijuana farms [certified by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police] and health inspectors will produce, package and distribute a range of standardized weed, all of it sold for whatever price the market will bear,” reported Canadian newspaper. “The first sales are expected in the next few weeks, delivered directly by secure courier.”
Large-scale cultivators have begun applying for operation licenses to produce marijuana. One Ontario company hopes to grow marijuana in an old Hershey’s chocolate plant. At least two large-scale cultivators have already received operation licenses. Canada’s large cultivation centers will be similar to thecultivation centers in the United States.
The medical marijuana free market in Canada is expected to establish a price of around $7.60 per gram of dried marijuana.
The majority of applicants competing to for a medicallicense in Massachusetts will continue on to the final stage of the process where the state will grant 35 licenses.
158 of the 181 applications made the first cut. It turned out to be a more competitive process than state officials had expected.
“We had underestimated the number who would apply and would have the capacity to do this,” said the Department of Public Health commissioner, Cheryl Bartlett.
The first stage of reviews examined whetherapplicants had the required financial capital of at least $500,000 and were going to operate as nonprofit organiziations. It also required that dispensary applicants and members of their proposed companies have no prior felony drug convictions.
As the town of Framingham considers medical marijuana zoning regulations, a non-profit has already set up its corporate office on Route 9 in hopes of opening a medical.
The three founders of Bay State Relief Inc. provided feedback this week during a public hearing on draft bylaws and zoning.
Joe Russo, a Framingham resident and the non-profit’s COO, urged the board to follow voters’ wishes and not over-regulate.
“Unfortunately there’s a perception that there’s something bad or evil about this but there really isn’t,” said Bay State Relief’s CEO, Armand D. Riendeau.
The non-profit’s corporate office is at 435 Worcester Road, across from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and is one of 47 applicants vying over five medical marijuanalicenses available in Middlesex County.
A list of 181 dispensary applications was released by the Department of Public Health. The list is from people and groups hoping to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts.
The applicants are competing for one of 35licenses allowed under Massachusetts’s medical .
The list released on Friday by State officials includes the county in which the applicants hope to operate. Middlesex County had the majority of applicants with 47, whereas Suffolk County had 21, Plymouth County had 19, and Worcester County had 14.
Some groups submitted dispensary applications in more than one county. Phase two of the dispensary application process will begin later this year.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health hopes to begin awarding dispensary licenses by the end of 2013.