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    Massachusetts town votes to ban recreational marijuana shops

    September 23, 2017
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    MILFORD, Mass. — Heading to the polls in force Tuesday, voters backed a ban on recreational marijuana shops and grow and testing facilities in town. The Milford Daily News reports the referendum, with 56.3 percent of voters supporting the prohibition, came less than a year after a majority of Milford voters supported legalizing the drug in a statewide election. Donna Niro, chairwoman of Milford Community Against Recreational Marijuana Retail Establishments (CARES), said the results indicate voters are concerned with what local marijuana shops could mean for underage drug users and Milford’s reputation. “This is very positive and I think...
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    Massachusetts marijuana laws got a Statehouse rewrite. Here’s what you need to know

    September 23, 2017
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    The Massachusetts marijuana law is getting a rewrite. The state has actually two marijuana laws — approved by voters — that Statehouse lawmakers revised, largely behind closed doors. The medical marijuana law passed in 2012 and the recreational marijuana law passed in 2016. The 2016 state law broadly legalized recreational marijuana use for adults ages 21 and over. Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. The revisions are in a bill Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law on Friday, July 28. Here’s what you need to know about the revisions, based on information provided by lawmakers like state Sen....
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    Guam Legalizes Medical Marijuana

    February 8, 2015
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    Voters in Guam approved a ballot initiative Tuesday that would legalize marijuana for “debilitating medical conditions” such as epilepsy, HIV, cancer and glaucoma. The bill, which passed by more than 56 percent, makes Guam the first U.S. territory to legalize medical pot. The decision marks the first victory in a flurry of marijuana-related ballot measures this Election Day. Residents of Florida will also vote on medical marijuana legislation, and voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., will decide whether to legalize pot for recreational purposes. Two Maine cities are also voting on full-scale legalization, and two New Mexico counties...
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    Medical Marijuana 101: What Does A Dispensary Worker Need To Know?

    December 12, 2014
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    BOSTON — As the marijuana industry takes shape in Massachusetts, it will need a trained workforce. What skills will that person behind the dispensary counter have? How about employees who will process marijuana? Who’s training these workers? Here’s a glimpse as the Northeastern Institute of Cannabis (NIC) in Natick opens its doors. On a sunny fall afternoon, men and women sat at tables in a stark white classroom. For that day, the class was called “patient services.” “Get a complete list of symptoms, right at the beginning,” instructor Bill Downing said. “Ask your patients, ‘How long have you suffered from this condition?’ It gives you...
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    Massachusetts Medical Society resolutions: Reclassify marijuana, protect physicians right of speech, mandatory helmets for all bicycle riders

    December 12, 2014
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    The recent interim meeting of the Massachusetts Medical Society adopted policy resolutions on issues that effect doctor-patient relationships, such as what questions a doctor may ask during an exam, as well as physicians’ right to free speech in other venues. Society delegates also voted to write federal officials on the need to re-classify marijuana, considered a controlled substance, for the purposes of medical use. Physician speech issues were addressed in a resolution, in support of the American Academy of Pediatrics position that asking a patient about gun ownership is important to preventing childhood firearm fatalities, and, in a resolution...

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