Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Attorney General Martha Coakley recently ruled that Massachusetts communities cannot prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries from opening in towns and cities but they can implement zoning regulations, according to the Boston Globe.
After Attorney General Martha Coakley recently ruled that Massachusetts communities cannot prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries from opening in towns and cities but can implement zoning regulations, according to the Boston Globe, city officials in Melrose are weighing their options before moving forward. Coakley struck down a Wakefield bylaw that would have barred the marijuana dispensaries, but also separately approved a bylaw adopted in Burlington that places a moratorium on the facilities until the town completes a further study of zoning issues, according to the Globe report. Like Wakefield, Melrose and Reading previously approved bans on marijuana dispensaries in late 2012. Melrose City Soliticor Robert Van Campen told Patch that …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Check out some of the top posts for Melrose this week.
Here are some of the top posts for Melrose this week:
Monday, November 19, 2012
The mayor told WCVB news that the city has no appropriate zones for the operation of such a facility.
Melrose, like most of Massachusetts, overwhelmingly approved question 3 allowing medical marijuana for some patients in the commonwealth. However, many officials, including Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan, are balking at the idea of a dispensary opening within city limits. "In Melrose, almost every area that allows commercial use is 100 yards from a church, 200 yards from a school, and across the street from a playground. Those are not the type of areas where I feel those distribution centers should be located," he told WCVB News Friday. "I do feel that as a defender of my community that many of those people who voted for the law, if you were to ask them if they wanted a dispense center on their corner, they would turn around and say no." …
Friday, November 9, 2012
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 January 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. What do you think? Is this a classic case of NIMBY (fine, but Not In My Back Yard)? Or do medical marijuana…
Friday, July 13, 2012
Voters will answer questions on medical marijuana, assisted suicide and the "right to repair" act after the secretary of state approved them on Wednesday.
The secretary of state's office Wednesday finalized the questions that will be put on this fall's ballot. Though four questions had gathered enough signatures and met the deadlines to be placed on the ballot, one regarding teacher evaluation was resolved in the Legislature last month, leaving three for Secretary of State William Galvin to sign. They are:
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Ballot to be finalized by Massachusetts Attorney General's office on July 3.
Of the 31 initiatives put forth for the fall ballot, only four both have enough signatures and been certified by Attorney General Martha Coakley in order to make it on the ballot by the July 3 deadline. And of those, one looks likely to be resolved by the Legislature before that date. The initiative that appears likely to reach resolution is called "An Act Promoting Excellence in Public Schools." Backed by Stand for Children Massachusetts, it involves retaining and promoting teachers based on performance reviews and test scores rather than seniority. Proponents say it will raise teaching standards and make it easier for schools to fire ineffective teachers. But opponents, which include the Massachusetts Teachers Association, say that …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
That's what the vast majority of people who voted in last week's poll said.
Last Wednesday, we asked you to pretend you were voting on a controversial question that might appear on the November ballot: Should Massachusetts legalize marijuana for medical use? Between then and Tuesday morning, 66 people voted in our non-scientific poll. The results? Dave Gray said in the comments section that he supported legalization. "Right now you've got a legal drug (alcohol) available everywhere, that does society more harm by an order of magnitude than marijuana ever will," he wrote. "If legalizing it for medical use can bring some measure of relief to a person suffering from a chronic, debilitating disease that conventional medicine can't help with, I'm in favor of it. It beats the heck out of relying on a narcotic like …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
That's one of the questions that could come up on the November ballot.
If Massachusetts lawmakers don't vote on the two bills that have been put forward regarding legalizing marijuana for medical use by May 1 or come up with alternative legislation, it will be up to citizens to answer the question on the November ballot, according to a report by the State House News Service. Read the whole story here. With the news in mind, let's pretend that it's already Election Day. How would you vote? Take our poll, and explain your vote in the comments section.