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 Tuesday's 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 Jan. 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? Tell us in our comments section below. 

Paul Hurteau December 04, 2012 at 05:26 PM
and how do you feel about liqor stores,,, should they be closed also to slow the "Moral Decay of our society." What about catholic churches and their pedophiles, should we close all churches because of a few bad apples? I am a marijuana smoker, have been for 43 years and own my own car AND house OUTRIGHT! DO I sound like a loser?
Paul Hurteau December 04, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Milford Senior Man,,, and the problem you have with that is what?? People by booze for recreational reasons and can die from one bottle of Bacardi 151,, Please tell me why we need alcohol that strong?? BECAUSE PEOPLE WANT IT!!! Alcohol consumption in Colorado has droped 17% since medical marijuana has been introduced. That to me is a great reason to legalize marijuana all together. IT DOES NOT KILL!!
Paul Hurteau December 04, 2012 at 07:19 PM
The cost issue will determine as to how well these clinics do. From what I have seen here, the price is directly affected by who you know now. I have seen prices from $250 an ounce to $500 per ounce here in Massachusetts, Then there is the quality issue. In Northern California I have friends who, because of the amount available out there, can get a pound for $900 of superior quality. The days of the Cartels are numbered as far as Marijuana goes, and that is probably the best part of legalizing it. A "pack" of joints should not, in theory be any more expensive than a pack of cigarettes or a 6 pack of beer in reality.
Paul Hurteau December 04, 2012 at 07:22 PM
So a REAL pharmacy should not be selling food and the like because those are not pharmacy items.
Joseph Hill December 05, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Hi, Paul H. I've been keeping up with your posts on this site, and I find that you make more sense than most (because your views are the same as mine on this topic). Is there some way I can get in touch with you off this site? If so, you can reach me at aybayb(at)aol.com. I hope you'll get in touch...some things you've mentioned are quite important (to me).
Barb R January 02, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Barb R. Folks who have no need to use marijuana don't understand there are many of us with medical conditions that simply do not respond to traditional treatments. So....we are forced to simply tolerate pain, nausea, and other issues year after year, when some form of marijuana may very well help people to feel halfway healthy and be able to function the way those of you without the same health problems do. I would never have even TRIED medical marijuana except that unrelenting nausea pushed me in that direction and my doctor totally approved of giving me a prescription to see if it helps me. I'm not using it recreationally, not that I'm bothered by those who do. Please, just don't take steps to keep this product out of the hands of those of us who are sick and need help otherwise unavailable. If it was you, a relative or friend desperate for relief, you might well see this entirely differently.
Paul Bishop January 03, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Here's a paragraph from a recent article by a CNN editor who suffers from Crohns, the disease which has ravaged me so severely that I can no longer maintain a job- the disease that amounts to physical torture until it kills you. "Each person suffering from the disease will have their own private hell made up of variations of these components, but all will share the guarantee of loss of normal life, and the knowledge that there is no cure. During my worst times it's been so tough that, exhausted from battling the pain, frustration and fear, I've cried myself to sleep on the bathroom floor." - http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/07/health/crohns-personal-struggle/index.html THIS is what a few puffs of weed can help. The receptor responsible for much of the pain is the receptor that Cannabidiol (a component of weed) unlocks. The ONLY source of the chemical is pot at the moment. Please understand THAT is what this is about. It's not about getting high.
Paul Bishop January 03, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Without bias- here's one of THOUSANDS of studies that are now finally being allowed. In time, we will get a "real" medicine based on this. Until then, weed is the only option that exists. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22095142 "Impact of cannabis treatment on the quality of life, weight and clinical disease activity in inflammatory bowel disease patients: a pilot prospective study."
Paul Bishop January 03, 2013 at 05:31 PM
We patients don't want to be "stoners". We don't want to "get high". We are trying to survive. We just want to be able to get the one medication that can help, without having to feel like criminals, live in fear of arrest, or hang outside of a convenience store at two in the morning to buy a bag of questionable weed from a fifteen year old kid. We want to be better than that. This law, that is what it is supposed to be. We could really use a little support. Let's do this right. I don't want to see a "head shop". I want to go to a pharmacy- and if that's not possible, then I want to get as close to that as possible. I personally would LOVE to be involved in some of the actual discussions regarding this. If possible, I would love to be able to maybe even work in such a place part time. Being sick like this is terrible. Being able to help others who also suffer- that's a pretty noble goal, in my mind.
Paul Hurteau January 03, 2013 at 06:34 PM
EXACTLY,,, You see drunks all over the place urinating on the streets after the bar closes, getting all loud and obnoxious. I have never been to a party where people got a LITTLE high, had a mellow time and just kicked it. NOW,,, how many party's involve drinking and the cops ALWAYS get called because these people were only having a "good time".
Paul Hurteau January 03, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Tell me,,, will you be moving in with the Quakers or the Mormons???
Paul Hurteau January 03, 2013 at 06:37 PM
three package stores and five bars are VERY worried about losing customers,,, and they will. People are tired of drinking poison that could kill you with your first experience!
Paul Hurteau January 03, 2013 at 06:39 PM
"modeled like brothels in Nevada" Now that makes a LOT of sense,,,
Paul Hurteau January 03, 2013 at 07:15 PM
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) survey includes teens in 8th, 10th, & 12th grades. Other drugs showing some evidence of decline in use this year include cocaine, crack cocaine and inhalants. Full survey here: http://www.monitoringthefuture.org/ Interesting that California, Oregon and Washington State aren't among those reporting the greatest usage among teens yet these are the states with some of the most liberal cannabis laws for the last 15 years. Medical marijuana has been the law in California since 1996. A 2007 study from Texas A&M found “Our results indicate that the introduction of medical cannabis laws was not associated with an increase in cannabis use among either arrestees or emergency department patients in cities and metropolitan areas located in four states in the USA (California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington),” researchers reported in the International Journal of Drug Policy. “Consistent with other studies of the liberalization of cannabis laws, medical cannabis laws do not appear to increase use of the drug. Abstract here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17689362 It might be more realistic to note that teenagers have gotten the message that cannabis is safer than alcohol or cigarettes. If cannabis were regulated like alcohol and tobacco, access for teens would be more difficult. Paul Armentano weighed in on this issue earlier in the year.
Paul Hurteau January 03, 2013 at 07:15 PM
In truth, marijuana use rates as a percentage of the overall population vary only slightly among states, despite states having remarkably varying degrees of marijuana enforcement and punishments. Several states with the most lenient laws regarding marijuana possession — such as Nebraska (possession of up to one ounce is a civil citation) and Mississippi (possession of up to 30 grams is a summons) — report having some of the lowest rates of marijuana use, while several states that maintain strict penalties for personal users report comparatively high levels of use. quoted from this link: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/judicial/134069-drug-czar-blames-rising-teen-pot-use-on-medical-cannabis-laws-rather-than-on-the-administrations-own-failed-policies The Marijuana Policy Project reported this from 2005: http://www.mpp.org/reports/teen-use.html They look at not just current usage but overall lifetime usage among teens. http://www.democraticunderground.com/100220995
Paul Hurteau January 03, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Rising painkiller addiction shows damage from drugmakers’ role in shaping medical opinion http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/rising-painkiller-addiction-shows-damage-from-drugmakers-role-in-shaping-medical-opinion/2012/12/30/014205a6-4bc3-11e2-b709-667035ff9029_story.html
Paul Hurteau January 03, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Methadone,,, You see the reason heroin is illegal is because a drug company came up with a chemical version that is then given to heroin addicts so that they get addicted to "Their" drug. That's why Marijuana is illegal,,, alcohol and tobacco and pharmaceutical company's will loose a huge volume of their addicts.
Paul Hurteau January 03, 2013 at 07:45 PM
More people have died from OD'ing on water than have ever died from Marijuana. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication Right??
Gwen B. January 03, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Indeed, and now we can look forward to drunk AND stoned drivers on the roads. Oh, glory days.
Paul Bishop January 03, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Paul H... Methadone is a synthetic opiate painkiller with fewer "high" producing side effects. It's considered to be one of the better opiate-based painkillers when used for long-term pain managmement. It was invented by the Germans in 1937, gaining popularity quickly because wartime blockades prevented them from getting supplied with plant-derived Morphine and Hydromorphone. It is also used for maintainance therapy and tapering off to break opiate addiction to such things as heroin and oxycodone, because it tends to give less of the 'reward' feeling than a comparable dose of a more harmful opiate. In many cases, both for managing chronic pain and for treating addiction, Methadone has been a wonder drug. Please understand this is a medical issue being discussed, and not nonsense about conspiracies and getting high.
Paul Hurteau January 03, 2013 at 08:57 PM
And don't forget people on prescribed medications, to old to drive, texting, falling asleep,,, Yes, we should all just get horses, live in a giant buble and ONLY take things that the government has been deemed "Safe and Healthy". I mean, why stop at Marijuana,,, and you sound reasonable enough, that I vote for you as commissioner of "The Common Good". ______________________________________________________________ Gwen B. 2:59 pm on Thursday, January 3, 2013 Indeed, and now we can look forward to drunk AND stoned drivers on the roads. Oh, glory days.
Paul Hurteau January 03, 2013 at 09:03 PM
so the numbers work for you,,, Like determining what acceptable losses are in war, right? Hey, there are ZERO acceptable loses and there is not one person who should endure a life where their happiness is stopped by others who have a different point of view or life style. I have a 6 pack of beer in my fridge,, It's there in case I have friends stop over. SO I guess that makes me an alcoholic as well. If so, it's a good thing my house is paid off,, that means more money for Marijuana.
Paul Bishop January 03, 2013 at 09:07 PM
However, here's reality: I sought out a pain clinic to work out a long term plan to manage the pain of my disease. One of the best in the USA. I want to avoid heavy narcotic addiction as much as I can- the reality is that all long term opiate regimens are also understood to be an addiciton (physical need due to the changes caused by the drug itself) to the painkiller in use. It really becomes a question of minimizing this type of impact. In terms of opiates, I am able to manage with a synthetic form of codeine called Tramadol, which produces almost no narcotic side effects except tiredness and produces only mild physical addiction. Been on it for twelve years, it is a godsend... But I am in fact addicted to the chemical and would suffer withdrawal symptoms if I stopped abruptly. The sad part is that I discussed the fact that when I could get it, I would get relief comparable and better than heavy painkillers could provide, simply from a few puffs on a joint. The response? That if I would 'contract' with the pain clinic to NOT use marijuana, they would be able to give me a prescription for OXYCONTIN. This is the reality.
Paul Bishop January 03, 2013 at 09:28 PM
As an interesting sidebar, the initial attempts at detox therapy via methadone were politically misunderstood and a campaign to discredit the therapy and its use were launched by several intolerant southern ministers. They started a rumor campaign claiming the trade name Dolofine (dolor finis, French for end of pain) for methadone was an homage to "Adolph" and that the treatment was actually a recruitment campaign for "Adolphine", which would make the patients into militant Nazis. On one side, medical science.. On the other, ludicrous rants.
Paul Bishop January 03, 2013 at 09:43 PM
To clarify- the 'contract' in question is an agreement that because the clinic did not (and couldn't legally) provide the medication, it would not be allowed. The offer extended as an alternative to use of marijuana as an in-the-moment-of-need rescue painkiller was to offer Oxycontin, which is a continuous-release twelve-hour high dose Oxycodone, one of the most addictive and destructive substances on earth. Because Oxycontin was the only legal choice, not because it was the right one. At least they were honest enough at one of my final appointments there to tell me that, and recommend I look into moving to a state that allows medical marijuana use. Well, I didn't move. I want to do this right. Please support those of us trying so hard to do the right thing.
Sheryl Pearson January 08, 2013 at 11:53 PM
One of the reasons I left Milford was because of the high percentage of drug use amongst their citizens. And now that I know they are opening up a brothel-style marajuana dispensary on the outskirts of town, I definitely will never move back there!
Paul Hurteau January 09, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Do you PROMISE?!?!
Doug Melanson January 09, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Nope. I have no problem. The people have voted. like anything there will be a pecentage of people that abuse it and get bogus scripts but I think it will be watched close by authorities.I do think that they should make it look like a legit business and not a head shop as that perception doesn't help what they want. Do I think it is as dangerous as drinking and driving? Yes, but that was not the blogs question.
Sheryl Pearson January 09, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Yes Paul, I promise. Cross my heart and hope to never set foot in Milford again!
Alexander Saunders February 22, 2013 at 01:43 AM
I see no problem with it at all its better to get clean medical marijuana that helps rather then it being laced more living then less living


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