Marijuana is The Talk of Many Towns This Week
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Marijuana is The Talk of Many Towns This Week
Posted by CN Staff on December 12, 2016 at 11:34:57 PT
By Leslie Anderson, Globe Staff 
Source: Boston Globe
Massachusetts -- Cannabis seems to be on everyone’s agenda as Massachusetts waits for the ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana to take effect this week.With medical marijuana already legal, Somerville residents will learn about a proposed dispensary in Davis Square at a community meeting Monday. Sage Cannabis wants to open it in the basement of a building at 240 Elm St., but needs both state and local permits.
In Whitman, selectmen may decide Tuesday whether to give their blessing to a medical marijuana growing facility on Route 18 proposed by Fresh Meadow Farm of Carver. But Town Administrator Frank Lynam stressed that it would be for growing only — any proposal for a dispensary would receive “a hostile greeting” in town.And on Wednesday in West Bridgewater, a special Town Meeting will consider a temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses. The measure would ban the use of land or buildings in town for such establishments through June 30, 2018. Ashland passed a moritorium of its own last month.Which gets us to Thursday, when the recreational marijuana measure approved by more than 1.7 million Bay State voters in November is supposed to take effect. Secretary of State William F. Galvin said he will submit official results of the ballot initiative to the Governor’s Council for certification on Wednesday, just in time.If all goes as planned, possessing, using, and home-growing marijuana will be legal for adults 21 and over on Thursday. But marijuana use will remain prohibited in public places and where tobacco smoking is not allowed.Retail stores won’t be able to start selling marijuana for recreational use until January 2018. Some state officials have argued that even more time is needed to create a new bureaucracy to regulate and police recreational marijuana sales.Source: Boston Globe (MA)Author: Leslie Anderson, Globe Staff Published: December 12, 2016Copyright: 2016 Globe Newspaper CompanyContact: letter globe.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #8 posted by Sam Adams on December 14, 2016 at 12:20:46 PT
more legalization fun
at midnight Kevn Sabet turns into a pumpkin!>>WAREHAM - The Wareham Board of Selectmen wants the town to reap the benefits of marijuana sales sooner rather than later. 
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Comment #7 posted by Sam Adams on December 14, 2016 at 10:19:03 PT
public smoking
Thanks for the kind thoughts everyone!  It's bittersweet to know that legalization is moving so slowly.  Everyone deserves to get it right now.  It's crazy, in 2001 we thought Canada would legalize and everything would happen and it took another 11 years just to get Colorado.I guess it's time to move to a legal state if you can, if not, there's always operation overgrow - plant the seeds of freedom yourself!  The only real reason Prohibition is being repealed is because 100 million of us simply refused to comply with the law. btw, I checked the Mass. law again - it does say cannabis use is prohibited in public places. I think that means private places like restaurants that are accessible by the public.  I have read of a few bars and even local health depts. exploring the use of it in smoking places, don't know whether than can happen or not. the law does allow for social clubs or cannabis cafes once they get permitted & open.The acceptance here is way higher than with decrim in '08 - so far towns and cities have been very quiet in terms of moratoriums, vs. 2008 where 1/3rd of towns passed extra penalties. The tide has turned! They see what's happening in other states & Canada.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on December 13, 2016 at 19:42:48 PT
Sam Adams
Just today I was wondering if anyone was celebrating the amazing victories we've seen during this election. I'm so glad to hear you are. Congratulations, Sam Adams! Congratulations to all of you who ran the race so well and have your natural rights in this matter restored!
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Comment #5 posted by SoupHerb on December 13, 2016 at 18:50:25 PT:
Sam Adams
Congratulations! I am so jealous...
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Comment #4 posted by HempWorld on December 13, 2016 at 17:56:09 PT
Sam Adams
Yah Man!Peace, Love, Prosperity, Abundance!One Love!Jah Love!Celebrate! God/YahWeh Bless!
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on December 13, 2016 at 17:11:39 PT
Sam Adams
I am so happy for you!
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on December 13, 2016 at 16:23:02 PT
I noticed the wording says cannabis is banned in public where tobacco is banned in public.You brought to My attention some insight regarding that. Thanks and Mass peace.42 states to go. Don't be last.
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on December 13, 2016 at 16:00:36 PT
it's been a long hike but we've finally reached the top of the mountain here. Everyone I know is excited and embracing the change.  The sense of new freedom is exhilarating!  People's indoor victory gardens are well underway, in the spring cannabis plants are going to be popping up all over the place as everyone seems to want to try their hand at growing. The sour grapes from LEO continues but the whining is already starting to die down. There's no turning back this time.  Our smoking codes regulate "any combustible substance" so it will actually be legal to smoke green cigarettes next to the people with brown ones at any bar or restaurant that allows smoking on decks and patios, and also at the handful of cigar/smoking bars around the state.  
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