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Where Should the Island's Marijuana Shop be Located?

Prospective medical-marijuana dispensary owners are ready to apply for permits to operate on Martha's Vineyard once the state has finalized its rules. Where on the Island would you like to see a pot dispensary? Tell us in the comments.

At least two local entrepreneurs are poised to open medical marijuana clinics on Martha's Vineyard, a local youth activist told selectmen from several towns last week.

"We’ve had two people with very solid business plans come to seek our endorsement," said Theresa Manning of the Martha's Vineyard Youth Task Force during Thursday's all-Island selectmen's meeting at Tisbury Town Hall.

The task force is "not in a position" to endorse a prospective clinic, Manning said. But, "in our role to make sure this happens responsibly for kids in our community, we’ve developed a relationship with people in the community who want to pursue these endeavors," she told selectmen.

The state attorney general ruled last week that municipalities cannot ban medical marijuana dispensaries outright.

But until the state department of health issues its rules on how medical marijuana may be sold and used, youth task force advocates are urging Martha's Vineyard towns to hold off on approving clinics and to ban the use of prescription pot in public places.

"If you don’t want (marijuana) smoking in public, you have to have something on the books," said task force member Mike Joyce.

A pot-smoking ban and a moratorium on issuing dispensary permits is on the town meeting or special town meeting warrant in each of three towns: Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Tisbury. 

That leaves the Island's three other towns open to the possibility that a medical marijuana clinic could receive state permission to operate in one of them, cautioned Manning at the all-Island meeting.

"West Tisbury, Chilmark, Aquinnah: If you don’t have a moratorium in your town, these people are pretty poised to start up, which is their right," Manning said.

Tisbury selectman Tristan Israel, who chaired the meeting, requested suggestions for where the Island's clinic should go when it is approved.

"Do we as Islanders want to plan where this is going to be?" Israel asked. 

Some locations that have been posed, he said, are the hospital and the airport near the sheriff's department.

The all-Island selectmen will revisit the issue at their May 9 meeting, Israel said.

Where do you think the Martha's Vineyard medical marijuana dispensary should be located? Tell us in the comments. You may also be interested in


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Moot Mabbles March 19, 2013 at 09:48 PM
I would imagine the Wampanoag community center would be perfect, along with the gaming. They probably could get away with no state tax on it! Class II gaming encompasses high stakes bingo, poker, pull-tab cards and associated electronic games that do not require coin slots. Unlike class III gaming, which encompasses all types of gaming and requires a tribe-state agreement, tribes may regulate Class II gaming on their own lands without state authority, as long as the state in which the tribe is located permits that type of gaming.
Barbara L March 20, 2013 at 02:01 PM
OMG! What are we coming to? Tobacco is bad for the respiratory system. Doctors have said inhaling pot is worse. But now that the crazy left has the power, it's now legal to use. Who do you think will use it? It's not profitable if only the very ill use it to relieve symptoms. The youth will get it. So if it has to be, the hospital should dispense for those truly in need and no one else.
JSnr March 22, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Speaking of pushing, look at what is happening in Colorado: ..."Spike in children using marijuana" http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/03/06/drug-testing-company-sees-spike-in-children-using-marijuana/ 74% of children in a Denver youth substance abuse treatment program report getting their pot from a "medical" marijuana cardholder an average of 50 times.  (-- Journal of Child Psychiatry, June 2012, Thurstone) If this is supposed to be medicine, why is the ONLY requirement for dispensary personnel that they be 21 years of age and have no felony drug convictions?  This law required NO qualified  medical staff on site whatsoever. IF there is medicinal value in this plant, prove it through clinical trials, and get the legitimate FDA approved  medicines behind the counter at a legitimate pharmacy.   We closed the opium dens over 100 years ago -- because of public health crises from broad scale use. From the opium poppy was derived heroin, and finally morphine.  Why start pushing raw crude marijuana out into broad public use now?  It defies logic.  Isn't this a history lesson  it would be better not to have to repeat? 97% of medical marijuana users in states with no specifically qualified medical conditions (like the Mass. Law) claim non-profound ailments like stress, ADD, pain, insomnia, and other self-reported symptoms.   And new research and evidence of physical and mental health risks is mounting -- most dramatic and concerning in the adolescent through age 25.  


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