First Medical Marijuana Shop Proposal Yanked

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For a while it was looking like Wakefield would be the first town to open a medical marijuana compassion center—which we’ll all be calling dispensaries soon enough, so let’s just get on with it—but now the guy who was seeking a Town Meeting bylaw to let his organization open such a center has changed his mind … at least for now.

According to reports from Wicked Local Melrose, the man, Carl Swanson, pulled his ballot a few days after it was certified fearing voters might confuse his question with the statewide Massachusetts Medical Marijuana initiative that voters will decide at the polls this year. Something like that, anyway. Wakefield’s Town Meeting is a week after the election on Nov. 6, but whatevs.

If marijuana is approved (tiny, minuscule if), the green gold rush will be on. Frankly, it seems good for organizations like Swanson’s National Organization for Positive Medicine to be out there in front, proving that people who support marijuana aren’t lazy layabouts but real business folks who see profit in the plants.

As written, the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana initiative would allow up to 35 dispensaries across the state, but no more than five in any individual county. The centers are to be non-profit, but that doesn’t mean the people running them won’t get rich. After all, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is also a non-profit and its musical director does makes a decent living.

Wakefield voters will still face a Town Meeting question seeking to ban all dispensaries from opening in the town, and the residents of Reading will consider a similar question. So even if medical marijuana passes in the polls, it appears towns will reserve right to exclude that type of entity from opening within their borders.

Swanson told Wicked Local that he won’t rule out proposing a dispensary in Wakefield again, but said he wanted to wait until statewide voters weigh in on the medical marijuana initiative. Sounds to me like he’s maybe looking around for less hostile territory.

  • gogreencross

    Each week, I speak with dozens of new medical marijuana patients in Colorado. There testimonies offer a unique insight into the relationship between Americans and Marijuana.

    In Colorado, Amendment 20 has created a rebirth of ganjaprenuers and a massive growth in access, research, development and acceptance of MMJ as a natural alternative to big pharm solutions (opiates.)

    “The medical marijuana issue is rife with Ninth and Tenth Amendment issues.” says, Jeff Cox.” The crux of the issue is not whether marijuana is good or bad.” “The issue is whether those decisions should be made by the residents of a state or by the federal government.” “As things stand, the FEDS have the law and Supreme Court decisions on their side.”

    In Colorado, Amendment 20 has revolutionized how America treats medical marijuana – Amendment 64 could be the match that lights the bonfire and end Colorado’s experiment with marijuana rights. In federal courts, the FEDS win.

    Be careful what you wish for. Got a match?

    Protect Amendment 20 and Patients’ Rights | Vote NO on A64

    • Teena Killpack

      What is the net force acting on the block?

  • Malcolm Kyle

    We should continue to save our nation’s children from the deadly disease of marijuana!

    I’m against legalizing marijuana, and not just to save our very precious children, but also because marijuana addiction is a terrible disease. A panel of US health experts, headed by “abort every black baby” Bill Bennet, has declared as such, as have many credible-looking websites such as the ONDCP’s.

    I live in a city that is at the center of the deadly marijuana trade, yet I have never used the disgusting stuff. Diseases posses some inherent form of agency: They can infect our children.

    Classifying hard marijuana addiction as a disease does at least acknowledge the horrors that it unleashes on our defenseless children. Unlike the far less-harmful and rightfully legal-substances, alcohol and tobacco, marijuana totally destroys the pitiful lives of most of it’s disgusting abusers.

    For our tiny defenseless and innocent children, we have to stop this deadly scourge!

    • Thomas jefferson

      Your a dunbass and your ignorance reflects that of small nd dwindlinding group of ericans who deny the millions of useful benefits cannabis has for society regrdless of its psychoactive roperties. Wake up and smell the weed.

    • Susan

      I am sad to read such uneducated comments. Medical marijuana supporters advocate seriously ill patients the legal right to consider marijuana as medicine when discussing options with their doctors. We do not support children use marijuana for recreational use, ever. If you researched marijuana, you would find recent double blind studies conducted right here in the United States are proving many medical benefits. Researchers are finding cannabis may offer relief for symptoms associated with such diseases as Multiple Sclerosis, HIV, Crohn’s, and cancer. So much has yet to be learned, but a roadblock set up by the Federal government and by the power of people with such names as Hearst and Dupont have brainwashed people into believing marijuana to be evil. I just ask you to research the subject before taking a stand. You may be surprised to learn something. Modern science is showing results that were not available when marijuana was outlawed so many years ago. We owe it to ourselves to reconsider the subject. And I must end by saying that we are not winning the war on drugs. We can no longer afford to continue on the path we are on. Parents should teach their children right from wrong. Why are we allowing the seriously ill to continue to suffer for the sake of the parents who are not held accountable for their “tiny, defenseless and innocent children.”

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