20 Medicinal Pot Dispensaries to Open in Massachusetts

The state's Department of Public Health announced Friday morning the 20 applicants that will be receiving medicinal marijuana licenses to operate in Massachusetts.

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File photo.
The Department of Public Health announced Friday morning the 20 applicants that will be awarded medicinal marijuana licenses to operate in Massachusetts.

Dispensaries will be located in Mashpee, Dennis, Taunton, Fairhaven, Salem, Haverhill, Holyoke, Northampton, Lowell, Ayer, Newton, Cambridge, Brookline, Quincy, Plymouth Brockton, Boston, Milford and Worcester, according to the announcement.

More than 100 groups applied for licenses to open medical pot shops around the state. The licenses were awarded by county.

Check out the complete list here

Do you support the use of medical marijuana? 

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jack schimmelman February 05, 2014 at 11:09 PM
Hello Mr. Gaeta: not sure how you arrive that I have threatened you. or how i am trying to intimidate you. actually i was to be informative when I said hyperbole sabotages your own words. That is true of anyone. And comparing the Obama administration to the Nazis is hyperbole, to say the least. But after all, this is your reality. not mine. there are lots of things that cloud one's judgment and most of that is not related to drugs. One's experience, background, religion, all ideological points of view, to name but a few, all cause one's reality to be "distorted." In that regard, I wholeheartedly agree with so many people who have pointed out that reality is truly flexible based on a number of factors. You can have several eyewitnesses to an event and yu can have as many different versions of that event as there are witnesses. It happens frequently, especially if the event is traumatic. There is a drug problem on this island. there is even a dedicated drug task force. perhaps you can contribute to the "war" on drugs here? And believe it or not, I do know people who went directly to hard drugs, bypassing marijuana. And no, in case you're wondering, i'm not one of them. Medical marijuana is NOT recreational. Yes, there will be some skirting around the regulations, but for the most part, medical marijuana will help many people who suffer from chronic pain, amongst other medical conditions that have been shown to be helped by medical marijuana. As to you labeling me a liberal, I am not. I have no use for political ideology. I try to examine issues on their own merits. And finally, we are neighbors living in a finite community and I hope despite our differences of opinion we would offer each other help if we ever found the other in need of assistance. I wish you the best.
andy gaeta February 06, 2014 at 08:55 AM
Jack, I trust that our readers are able to discern the differences of opinion made in both points of view. As to your comments about the medical benefits of Marijuana I am sure that there are many drugs that would have similar effects should we legalize them as well? Come on Jack you know as well as I do that this program like most government programs will be abused. You can see it in the stories you hear everyday. People who say they have back pain, headaches or other everyday aliments are stepping up to get high! Anything to avoid the pain of everyday living. I am not saying that ALL BO policies infringe on our first amendment rights or that he is not challenging the status quo to make things better but living in the DC area I see clearly that there is an underlining attempt to intimate if not harass or even silence in ways never seem before those who oppose this administrations agenda and there in lies the comparative to Nazi Germany. There was a governing structure put in place over 200 years ago as part of our constitution that allows for free and open debate on all issues effecting our laws. This government seems to think and act more like dictators in usurping the process closing the door on any opposing points of view or compromise. The use and legalization of Marijuana is just another example in which this administration seeks to breakdown the fabric of our society and divide the country. We will soon enough see the effects of this change and than I am sure that those who count exclusively on government will be looking to fund rehabs centers and other studies adding yet more debt and reckless spending. Their answer simple just tax people easy for capital hill they don't have payrolls to meet or people to employ and if they need money they just raise the debt ceiling and barrow more money. When they need money to fund their ridiculous social programs and absurd wars to pay their debt they simply tax tax tax! I lived in France for several years and can tell you that the effects of a government that just keeps giving entitlements and raising taxes breeds an apathetic culture. There is simply no incentive to get out of bed! Finally, its too bad that you don't engage in the political process and have no place for political ideology but something tells me your not be honest because if your were you would never vote and I don't believe that someone with your passion is not using their right to vote. In closing, unlike most left or right wingers, I don't hate you for your position on these issues and welcome the debate. Despite what you may think about my views, I respect the president and his position on many issues. Its clear his heart is in the right place I just don't agree with his method. This is what living in a free and open society is all about. Let's light one up and discuss the issues sometime. I am sure it will be entertaining.
jack schimmelman February 06, 2014 at 03:43 PM
Andy -- can't light one up with you. those days are very long gone. the fabric of our culture is breaking down without drugs. drugs are just the symptom. fear is eating at the very core of our collective consciousness. medical marijuana has been shown to help people a lot safer than many prescription drugs. my point of view is one should decriminalize marijuana up to a certain amount and make medicinal marijuana available to those who a doctor deems to need. you want to get rid of the use of marijuana? then do what the opposition to the cigarette industry did -- do the research and make scientific conclusions as to its negative effects on the body. then wage a public campaign that will turn people off to it forever. Make it anathema. that strategy DID NOT involve government legislation. the government always defended big tobacco. with pot, we have a different story. i wish i could convince young people the effect of pot on the mind -- it shuts us down, rather than gives us a glimpse into higher consciousness. is it dangerous? I don't think so. Alcohol seems to be a lot more dangerous to me than pot. marijuana is a way of dealing with psychic pain. medical marijuana deals with physical pain caused by chronic disease. so that's that from me. over and out and I wish you the very best. by the way, i do vote, but i vote for the person who i think best represents my point of view. isn't that what representative democracy is about?
andy gaeta February 06, 2014 at 07:11 PM
Agreed my friend. Let's make that a good glass on wine. Thanks for taking time to fence with me it was fun. A


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