Massachusetts Marijuana Groups Seek Pot Legalization Vote

The initiatives could become part of a wave of similar measures put before voters in a half-dozen U.S. states in 2016 as pro-marijuana groups follow a strategy that has already legalized the drug in four states plus the District of Columbia.

MASSACHUSETTS: Two marijuana advocacy groups on Wednesday are set to submit proposed ballot initiatives that would allow Massachusetts voters to decide whether to legalize recreational pot smoking in the state. The initiatives could become part of a wave of similar measures put before voters in a half-dozen U.S. states in 2016 as pro-marijuana groups follow Read the full article…

Boston Mayor Willing To Lead Charge Against Legalized Marijuana

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he’s more than willing to lead the charge against the legalization of pot in Massachusetts.
Supporters of legalized marijuana are working to put the issue on the ballot for voters to decide in 2016.
Walsh told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Monday that making pot legal would be a “slippery slope.”
“Not everyone that smokes marijuana becomes an addict,” said Walsh, who is a recovering alcoholic. “But most of the folks that I know that are having issues with drugs started with marijuana.”
Four states currently allow for recreational marijuana use, while the Bay State has legalized pot for medicinal purposes only.

MASSACHUSETTS: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he’s more than willing to lead the charge against the legalization of pot in Massachusetts. Supporters of legalized marijuana are working to put the issue on the ballot for voters to decide in 2016. Walsh told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Monday that making pot legal would be a “slippery slope.” “Not everyone Read the full article…

Confusion Over Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Law Leads To Patient Arrests

Persistent confusion surrounding Massachusetts’ 18-month-old medical marijuana law has led to criminal charges or civil citations against people who thought they were playing by the rules.

MASSACHUSETTS: Nathan Marrin was stunned when West Springfield police seized his marijuana during a traffic stop last month and slapped him with a $100 citation. After all, he had shown them a doctor’s letter indicating that he needed the drug to treat his anxiety. In Spencer, Andrzej Conner is still furious about his arrest last May Read the full article…

Money Is Flowing To A New Social Network For Weed Smokers

"MassRoots is a semi anonymous private network where you can find other users that are interested in cannabis," said Leighton

MASSACHUSETTS:  Although Isaac Dietrich didn’t win the top spot of The Peter Thiel Fellowship, he was among 40 finalists which was enough to encourage his dream to be an entrepreneur. While Thiel co-founded Paypal during the tech boom, Dietrich founded the cannabis social networking site MassRoots.com which secured funding from Boston-based hedge fund manager Doug Leighton. Read the full article…

Woburn, MA City Council Extends Medical Marijuana Moratorium A Year

"This (extension of the moratorium) will give us a little bit of time, but we're not going to ignore the voters."

MASSACHUSETTS: On a unanimous vote, the Woburn City Council at its recent meeting extended the moratorium on medical marijuana shops by one year, until Dec. 31, 2014. The council imposed the moratorium in February, but it was slated to expire at the end of this year. Several other communities have imposed temporary bans in the wake Read the full article…

Woburn, MA City Council Extends Medical Marijuana Moratorium A Year

"This (extension of the moratorium) will give us a little bit of time, but we're not going to ignore the voters."

MASSACHUSETTS: On a unanimous vote, the Woburn City Council at its recent meeting extended the moratorium on medical marijuana shops by one year, until Dec. 31, 2014. The council imposed the moratorium in February, but it was slated to expire at the end of this year. Several other communities have imposed temporary bans in the wake Read the full article…

Andover MA Eying Special Zone For Medical Marijuana Clinics

Voters at the 2014 spring Town Meeting may be asked to decide where to allow the sale of medical marijuana in Andover. - See more at: http://www.andovertownsman.com/local/x517504611/Town-eying-special-zone-for-medical-marijuana-clinics#sthash.rjk2H0KJ.dpuf

MASSACHUSETTS:  Voters at the 2014 spring Town Meeting may be asked to decide where to allow the sale of medical marijuana in Andover. Town Planning Director Paul Materazzo has put together a committee that is working on regulations and a zoning bylaw that would allow the sale of medical marijuana in certain parts of town Read the full article…

Massachusetts Activists Push To Fully Legalize Marijuana

NY MMJ political blinking game begins

MASSACHUSETTS: Pro-marijuana activists in Massachusetts have already succeeded in paving the way for dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries and decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the drug. Now many of those same activists have set their sights on the full legalization of marijuana for adults, effectively putting the drug on a par with alcohol and cigarettes. Read the full article…

Mass. Releases List Of Proposed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Under the state’s medical marijuana law, every county will have at least one and no more than five dispensaries. Each company was allowed to apply for up to three. The centers will be not-for-profit businesses, and applicants were required to prove they had at least $500,000 in cash on hand for start-up costs for each dispensary proposed.

MASSACHUSETTS: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released a county-by-county breakdown of the 100 final applications for medical marijuana dispensaries. Middlesex County leads the way with 17 dispensary applications submitted by 16 companies. Five companies are competing to open dispensaries in Framingham. One of them, Massachusetts Compassionate Patient Care Corp., applied to open a second dispensary in Read the full article…

Massachusetts Sees 100 Bids To Open Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Just 100 organizations submitted applications by the 3 p.m. deadline, but roughly a third of those that survived the first-round cut in September chose not to go forward.

MASSACHUSETTS: The list of companies vying to open Massachusetts’ first medical marijuana dispensaries has been pared down significantly, according to the latest numbers released Thursday by state regulators. Just 100 organizations submitted applications by the 3 p.m. deadline, but roughly a third of those that survived the first-round cut in September chose not to go forward. Many prospective Read the full article…