Massachusetts Medical Marijuana News
The State of Massachusetts is awarding just 20 licenses for medicalacross the state, and one applicant feels he wasn’t given a fair opportunity at obtaining one of these licenses. He is citing political favoritism as the reason.
Former Massachusetts Congressman, William Delahunt’s company dubbed Medical Marijuana of Massachusetts was fortunate to obtain 3 of these 20 licenses. A lawyer involved in the case pointed out that former Congressman Delahunt’s application implied that his business would be growing its marijuana hydroponically, a style of growing that is forbidden under Massachusetts’s guidelines.
It’s also widely known that Public Health commissioner, Cheryl Bartlett, has previously been involved in raising funds for Delahunt’s campaign. Bartlett claims she stepped down form the agency’s medical marijuana license program just 10 days prior to the licenses being administered.
Delahunt’s business partners have denied that his political connections had anything to do with the way his licenses were obtained.
NORML lawyers are urging the Massachusetts Supreme Court to instill some limitations in regard to police conduct when dealing with searches and questioning for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
As it stands now, an officer can question a suspect simply based on the odor of “raw marijuana” due to a judge’s reasoning that “a strong odor of marijuana to the officers training and experience” would imply that there was more than an ounce present. So basically the judge is confident thatenforcement is capable of differentiating between the smell of one ounce of raw marijuana and a gram of raw marijuana.
NORML has since asked the Court to rule that “a police officer may not question a person about possible marijuana in his possession or control based only on the officer’s perception of odor.”
They hope that this will lead to police issuing simple tickets as opposed to people continuing to be detained for personal amounts of marijuana. The case is scheduled for March 3, with hopes that a decision will be made before summer.
A successful owner of a retail marijuana business in Colorado has decided to take his knowledge of the business to Massachusetts. Kevin Fisher, who owns and operates Rocky Mountain Remedies, based out of Steamboat Springs, is also going to be named chief operating officer and executive director for the New England Treatment Access Inc.
Fisher brings with him the expertise of how to work with banks and financing in the volatile marijuana industry. He has worked with federally insured banks and credit card processors.
It is not uncommon for out-of-state marijuana professionals with knowledge of the industry to bring their skill and expertise to states that are just beginning their journey into medical marijuana programs.
Another out-of-state medical marijuana expert from California, Andrew Deangelo of Harborside Health Care in Oakland, has also obtained a license to operate in Boston.
About 30 states and the District of Columbia are considering some type ofreform legislation in 2014. The include bills that cover marijuana legalization for adults, medical marijuana programs, decriminalization, and hemp cultivation.
Currently there are 14 states considering marijuana legalization for adults:, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
12 states and the District of Columbia are considering types of marijuana-related decriminalization: Alabama, Arizona, DC, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wyoming.
11 states are considering establishing medical marijuana programs: Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Hawaii, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
3 states are considering industrial hemp cultivation: Indiana, New York, and Tennessee.
Before long every state in the country will likely be a part of the marijuana industry; whether it be marijuana legalization or marijuana for medical purposes.
Massachusetts’swill legally be able to offer medical marijuana to patients’ homes. Some dispensaries will likely be delivering medical marijuana to patients by the end of the year.
Earlier this week, Karen van Unen, theprogram director stated that dispensaries are encouraged to offer home delivery services as a choice for their patients.
“We really wanted to ensure that patients had choice,” van Unen stated. She also added that she was “absolutely delighted” by thelicensing process, calling it “robust” and “multi-layered.”
Dispensaries should be open later this year and offering marijuana delivery services shortly thereafter.
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The fed is paving way for banks to conduct business with marijuana industry.
This week, the US Justice Department and Treasury Department issued memorandums that have provided banks with an outline for how to legally conduct business with marijuana industry businesses.
The new rules require banks to verify that marijuana businesses are properly licensed by their state before pursuing a business relationship. Banks are then required to monitor the businesses for any financial violations and report suspicious activity to federal regulators.
Whether the new regulations for banks and marijuana industry businesses will work is yet to be seen.
Most likely, large commercial banks will quickly enter the industry, but smaller regional banks will likely stay away due to the fear of large fines from regulators.
These new regulations are intended to help marijuana industry transactions to “move from the shadows,” said Mrs. Calvery, director of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.
Even with these new federal regulations, many financial institutions are likely to remain cautious. Some banking industry experts have mentioned that nothing short of Congressional action will permit the banking industry to partner with marijuana industry businesses.
This new-found tolerance by the fed for legitimate state-run marijuana industries is a huge victory for the marijuana industry and banks.
One of the first medicalto open in Massachusetts will likely be Green Heart Holistic Health. They expect to open their by the end of the summer.
Green Heart Holistic Health dispensary will be located across from Boston University Medical Center. Their cultivation site is in Amesbury and will be growing potent THC strains along with many CBD strains. High CBD strains are especially beneficial for patients with chronic pain, MS, epilepsy, and cancer. Their cultivation center will most likely be a large indoor grow, with a few smaller outdoor areas for the summer months.
Lately, a domino effect has been occurring on the east coast. Massachusetts is implementing a medical marijuana program and other states are following in its footsteps. Before long, most of the east coast will likely implement medical marijuana programs or fully legalize marijuana, like Colorado and Washington state.
Massachusetts awarded its first medicallicenses this week, approving 20 applications.
The firstcould start serving medical marijuana patients as early as summer. Revenues are projected to be near $40 million annually, but that could grow substantially when more dispensaries are approved and open.
The state initially received abut 200 applications, but that dwindled to 100.
Among the winners is former Congressman William Delahunt, whose nonprofit, Medical Marijuana of Massachusetts, was approved to open three dispensaries. Medical Marijuana of Massachusetts also received an application score of 160, the highest given by the state.
This will certainly be controversial as manyapplicants were concerned that state health officials would favor bids by Delahunt and others who have connections in Massachusetts politics.
Only two dispensaries were approved for Boston in Suffolk County. Initially, no towns will get more than one dispensary, though four were approved for Middlesex County, which has the highest population of 1.5 million.
Marijuanawill have to find new websites to advertise their now legalized businesses on because Google, Bing, , Twitter and other major websites are not going to allow marijuana-related businesses to advertise.
Marijuana industry businesses, such as Hemp American Media Group, which has a network of high-traffic websites that provide advertising specifically for the marijuana industry., offices, attorneys, and others are being forced by these websites’ anti-drug policies to advertise with marijuana-friendly websites, such as
Even in states such as Colorado and Washington where marijuana is legalized, similar to alcohol and tobacco, the website giants are going to keep their current (unreasonable and biased) drug policies for advertising.
“If Google and Facebook can target alcohol ads to adults, they should be able to target ads to adults about a less harmful substance like marijuana in states where it is legal,” told Mason Tvert, of the Marijuana Policy Project to The Huffington Post. “Such an arbitrary and hypocritical decision is not going to sit well with a lot of people who utilize these websites.”
Facebook’s Advertising Guidelines state that “Ads may not promote or facilitate the sale or consumption of illegal or recreational drugs, tobacco products, or drug or tobacco paraphernalia.” Twitter’s policy is similar in stating it prohibits the promotion of “drugs and drug paraphernalia globally.” And Google’s official policy does not allow for the “promotion of illegal drugs, legal or synthetic highs, herbal drugs, chemicals and compounds with psychoactive effects, drug paraphernalia, or aids to pass drug tests.”
These anti-drug advertising policies aren’t exclusive to Google, Facebook and Twitter either. Many other major search engines, such as Bing and Yahoo, also ban drug-related advertisements on their websites, and go on to specifically state “recreational” drugs as part of that ban.
With pro-marijuanaquickly changing throughout the world, it is only a matter of time until these website giants and others begin to allow for medical and/or recreational marijuana advertisers. Until then, marijuana businesses will be forced to find other high-traffic websites that allow marijuana-related advertising.
Tourists from Massachusetts, the US, and around the world are flooding into Colorado to enjoy the newly legalized marijuana industry.
Colorado is assumed to become the new Amsterdam, where tourists from around the world visited to relax and enjoy consuming marijuana in a legalized environment. New Colorado-basedare already in operation that cater to tourists traveling to Colorado to experience the marijuana industry.
Most of the new tour companies provide marijuana-related tours for groups of travelers that want to see inside marijuana cultivation centers,, and stay at marijuana-friendly hotels. Some tour companies provide specialty services such as marijuana cooking classes.
International Airport provides hundreds of flights daily, making it very convenient for travelers from around the glode to fly to. Americans can also easily drive to Colorado to enjoy the marijuana industry. Denver is host to the most dispensaries, but many Colorado boarder towns have at least one offering recreational marijuana.
Colorado visitors that are 21 or older can purchase up to a quarter ounce of marijuana, while adults with a Colorado ID may purchase up to an ounce. Marijuana can only be smoked on private property, such as in a home, but each town will be creating its own marijuana smoking ordinances.