TELL US: How Would You Feel About Having a Marijuana Dispensary in Town?

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 dispensaries really not make sense in your town, but they're fine somewhere else — and if so, why? Tell us in our comments section below. 

SomervilleGirl November 25, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Some are unhappy because they see it as competition. The biggest and worst drug dealers, who cause majority of harm to patients.are the major drug companies who may get a small dent in their oxy sales and whatever other pain meds they push on people who get hooked. Those drugs are the worst, Oxy, is really synthetic heroin. Why are they allowed to get people hooked on herion? How is this legal? And when their patients are hooked on these nasty drugs, they turn them away instead of trying to help them get well. I once worked with a woman who died of an overdose from oxycodone, leaving two small children and a husband. I heard of another local case where a guy with a severe back problem got hooked and then his doctor never returned his calls. They can't just leave people blowing in the wind, because that is what causes people to break down and some will get desperate. More should be done to help people get off dope and stay off dope, but it takes a great deal of work, money and compassion. When they prescribe these dangerous drugs, they will sometimes list them with a generic name so you won't know it's oxy. I was prescribed this drug during an ER visit requiring an incision. After taking two of these pills, I called to inquire what they were and when I found out, I tossed them in the trash. Beware of oxy, if your doctor prescribes them, ask for something that is non-addicting. You might be saving your own life.
David Matson November 25, 2012 at 04:49 PM
This is classic ill-informed. NIMBYism. There is no evidence that there is any crime associated with medical marijuana dispensaries. The people of the Commonwealth supported this measure by a wide margin. http://www.masscriminaldefense.com/blog/massachusetts-towns-must-accept-medical-marijuana-dispensaries/
david mokal November 25, 2012 at 05:11 PM
David in Maine the Gahnga Crops are abundant. Kids 12 years old are growing it. Its like a sport up there who can grow the best and the most. Thats what they do to stay out of trouble. Go Cow Tipping and growin their crop.
Chris November 25, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Lets put one next to your house
Thomas Wilson August 31, 2013 at 05:38 PM
I'd rather have a Marijuana dispensary next to my house than a liquor store.


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