MASSACHUSETTS: As Massachusetts prepares for the opening of medical-marijuana dispensaries across the state, likely some time in the next year, a former local resident said he can already predict the drug’s future.
Bill Delany, 65, graduated from Dracut High School in 1966 and served in the Vietnam War. He moved to Colorado several years ago after developing a crippling case of Crohn’s disease. There, he found that his true passion lay in the burgeoning pot industry.
Delany said he tried experimental medicinal treatments for years after retiring from a life of rock ‘n’ roll as a promoter for musicians like Van Morrison and those from Jefferson Airplane. With no end to his pain in sight, though, he moved to Pagosa Springs, Colo., and received a medical-marijuana card, a decade after his initial diagnosis in the 1990s.
That’s when everything changed. Delany said his pain went away, and he felt like he could eat and sleep and live some semblance of a normal life.
Now an impassioned advocate and daily user of marijuana out of necessity, Delany is the owner and operator of the medical-marijuana dispensary in Pagosa Springs called Good Earth Meds, which houses an accompanying warehouse for growing on-site.
Colorado legalized marijuana for medicinal use in 2000, but it wasn’t until 2009 that dispensaries began to open up there. Similarly, Massachusetts approved the legalization of medical marijuana last November. But with several communities putting moratoriums in place on the new law so they could prepare for the future, and an in-depth review process under way for potential applicants, policymakers say they won’t see official nonprofit “registered marijuana dispensaries,” or RMDs, opening up until at least next year.