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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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Jean Kelleher January 31, 2014 at 05:20 PM
Could you share why they did not select a dispensary in Dukes County as yet and how that selection process will proceed.? In the interest of full disclosure I"m not in need of using a facility but do know the players and am hopeful they select the most responsible and community minded member of the island to run the dispensary.
Moot Mabbles February 01, 2014 at 07:15 AM
Being in the lowest populated county probably had something to do w/ it, but when the highest "expert score" goes to William Delahunt's group, who were awarded 3 of the 20 RMD's, the smell of nepotism is palpable.
andy gaeta February 01, 2014 at 07:48 AM
I can't believe what I am hearing and reading. So let me get this straight no pun intended...We are now going to be living in a stoned out cultural. This means that eventually those in responsible positions in society and in all walks of life will be stone sighting medical issues. Great! Its not enough that we lose thousands lives to drunk driving every year now we can increase that by adding pot to the mix. Jean makes a good point I wonder if the people in charge will be stoned out as well. Arguments can be made on both sides of this issue but with governing laws in place, we still have it somewhat under control. Now its a free for all and it will not stop at this half step medical dispensaries like other states that have made the move MA will legalize pot as well. Roll another joint my friend lets all toke up!!! Better than facing reality.
Moot Mabbles February 01, 2014 at 08:02 AM
I think the State is doing this as responsibly as possible. They are truly trying to be the 1st state to fully regulate it. The people voted for this, and the State will make every penny it can on it, which means full regulation.
Unsubscribed February 01, 2014 at 08:32 AM
I use to say I live on Martha's Vineyard, the most liberal county in the most liberal state in the country, "No Wonder I Drink"!!!! Now I can say "No Wonder I am a Stoned Out Pot Head"!!! Oh yea and I can drive like that and not get even a ticket!!!!! Yipppeeee!!!!! GEE, Maybe just maybe `OVomitcare` will cover it for me? That will make up for him making me paying to be covered in case I get Pregnant even though I am a 69 year old Male!
Michael Zedalis February 01, 2014 at 08:37 AM
I don't know why MA can't simply use select pharmacies around the state (even in Dukes Cnty). They are currently regulated, generally secure, and set-up to handle all types of medicines & insurance plans. This would seem to be an easier / less costly approach.
jack schimmelman February 01, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Hello Native-MVI -- it is illegal to drive stone and there are consequences if you are caught. actually the new law pays for your viagra not that you need it. so no need to envy pregnant women getting free ride. one more thing. don't know how they're doing this, but medical marijuana comes in liquid form and does not make you high. but it does help with chronic pain amongst other benefits.
Martha Magee February 01, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. ~ Albert Einstein...............................Everything you can imagine is real. ~ Pablo Picasso............................................ What is reality but the dreamworld of a limited imagination ~ Robert Brault.............................................Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion. ~ Democritus................................ Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. ~ John Lennon....................................................................................................... A belief is just a thought that you keep thinking. ~ Abraham Hicks................................................................................ Cloquet hated reality but realized it was still the only place to get a good steak. Woody Allen.............................................. ...........Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it..........What is reality anyway! It's nothing but a collective hunch. ~ Jane Wagner, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, 1985
jack schimmelman February 01, 2014 at 03:29 PM
well said, martha! especially love jane and lily t. your picasso quote sounds a bit like strawberry fields. i wonder if john stole from pablo. well everyone's stealing from everyone -- how can we avoid it?
andy gaeta February 02, 2014 at 07:32 AM
Martha's point with her quotes is just BS. It's like saying that nothing really matters and all things are relative to ones own reality and that is OK. If that were the case, we would not have any laws to govern our society. Using philosophical quotes and applying them to the context of this subject matter is as irresponsible as it gets. So if I drive my car into another killing them and their family or walking into a store a taking things off the shelf without paying them or shooting someone because its fun is my reality and it some how makes it acceptable because its my reality is as warped a perspective as it gets? Part of being a useful member of society and co- existing in a world that protects the rights and freedoms of ALL people is some how infringing on my sense of reality is just non sense. I think Martha needs to get off drugs and seek help. Let's see how it feels if we took things for Martha that were near and dear to her and used the excuse that it was someone's reality and therefore just. As to stress in everyday life, studies have shown that stress actually helps people cope with living and gives them the needed focus and energy to deal with being a mature grown up and the concept of being responsible for ones actions. Take another hit Martha I am sure it will help you cope.
Sneech February 03, 2014 at 04:58 PM
Andy, I'm not sure you are understanding. Martha didn't even make a point herself. She merely dumped quotes from famous intellectuals into this thread. The only thing they have in common with each other is they were all about reality. No mention of drugs in there. Seeing as this is a thread about medicinal marijuana dispensaries it's probably safe to assume Martha is loosely relating perception of reality to Marijuana, which is a true fact as Marijuana is known to alter perception. Do you know what else alters perception? Alcohol, over the counter scripts, heroin. The answer is there is no simple answer, there are legal substances that are more dangerous than marijuana as well as illegal substances that are not. You periceve the world ONLY through your nervous system. Mind altering drugs alter the signals in and out. One person completely sober can see the world exactly the same as somebody else on mind altering substances. We are all human, all slightly different, even our perceptions. I don't think loosing sight of the reality that is used to communicate with everyone else is a good thing but I also believe that being open to enhanced perception is important too.
andy gaeta February 04, 2014 at 08:44 AM
Hi Sneech, Thanks for your feedback....Your points are noted and actually support what I have been saying. I am not sure what point Martha was trying to make by quoting famous intellectuals but POT is a mind altering drug and should be treated in the same way we treat other mind altering drugs. Why do you think they call it dope? Pot like other drug makes you stupid and to my point I am concerned that what we are embarking on is a society of stupid people and as Philip Seymour Hoffman has learned POT leads to bad things. Its a free country at least it was until BO took office but these days with IRS and other agencies use by this administration or dictatorship to control everything we do and say is very much like Nazi Germany in the 1940's. As I said, there are points to be made on both sides of this issue but legalizing the drug can only lead to more of the same fall out we are having with those other substance and materials you mention. There is no easy answer here but given the issues confronting us these days shouldn't we be focusing on more important things like a 17 trillion dollar debt and breaking down the gender sealing equal pay for women and getting our economy back to creating jobs and putting capital back to work.?
jack schimmelman February 04, 2014 at 03:35 PM
Hello Mr. Gaeta: did you know Philip Seymour Hoffman? Just curious how you know he started with pot. Do you really think all drugs make you stupid? Or is that your reality. I've known many brilliant people who have experimented with drugs and they don't seem to have become stupid by any stretch of the imagination. You may want to find out about nazi germany (not just the 40's) before you start publicly comparing any president's administration to that regime. Such hyperbole only undermines your argument. But I bet you already knew that.
andy gaeta February 05, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Hi Jack, Let me try to address your comments; 1) You would have to have been living on another planet or have your head in the sand over the last 40 years not to understand that the fundamental and historic way in which one enters the drug culture is by the use of drugs like Marijuana and I have no doubt that PSH was no exception. 2) Yes, I do believe that drugs distort ones sense of reality and cloud your judgment. I suppose one could argue that some drugs have an enlightening effect Timothy Larry style but most studies show that they serve to destroy your ability to reason while killing brain cells. 3) I know enough about history and in particular the 1940's Nazi Germany to draw some comparative similarities to life in todays world. Your inference to my publically making these observations about government sounds threatening and is in my opinion indicative of the governing culture we see today. Your comment helps to make my point as it attempts to intimidate me and re-strict my first amendment rights of freedom of speech. Finally, it is clear that you are a liberal and not surprising for several reasons and so I would expect that you oppose any alternative point of view.
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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