Wednesday, April 24, 2013
If unchallenged by the Massachusetts Secretary of State, the final rules for medical marijuana clinics go into effect in late May, said the man who hopes to earn the right to dispense medical pot on Martha's Vineyard.
Either Oak Bluffs or Tisbury appears likely to wind up as the home of the Island's first marijuana dispensary, no matter who wins the right to operate it. Voters in those two towns this month defeated a town meeting article seeking a year-long moratorium on marijuana pharmacies, while Edgartown passed a similar article and will not allow the operations for the next year. However, medical marijuana patients with valid prescriptions will be able to smoke and/or swallow their pot in Edgartown's public places, but not in Oak Bluffs' or Tisbury's: Edgartown voted down a pot-smoking ban that passed in the other two towns. West Tisbury and Aquinnah voters take up their moratorium and smoking ban articles next month, while Chilmark — which has no …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
A year-long moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries passed in one Martha's Vineyard town meeting Tuesday, but failed in two others. A ban on public consumption of medical pot failed in one town and passed in two.
Medical marijuana patients may need to consult a map before they light up or eat their doctor-prescribed herbal medications on Martha's Vineyard. Town meeting votes in three Island municipalities have created a patchwork of regulations on where residents and visitors may legally consume prescription pot. Tuesday night, Edgartown voters passed a 12-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries, but not a proposed ban on smoking or otherwise ingesting prescribed marijuana in public places. This effectively means that patients with legitimate prescriptions may smoke pot anywhere tobacco smoking is allowed, but they won't be able to fill their prescriptions at a dispensary in Edgartown for at least a year. In Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven…
Monday, April 8, 2013
Should the Monster Shark Fishing Tournament be catch and release? Does Oak Bluffs need a year-long moratorium on pot dispensaries? A special town meeting and the annual town meeting take place Tuesday night at 7 at the high school.
In a special town meeting Tuesday evening, the town of Oak Bluffs is asking voters to approve nearly $121,000 for repairs and redesigns following damage by Hurricane Sandy and this year's February blizzard: The third article on the special town meeting warrant requests $426,000 to establish a town-owned fuel facility on the harbor. Immediately after the special town meeting, required because it seeks to spend money in 2013, Oak Bluffs holds its annual town meeting with a 22-article warrant. Both Oak Bluffs town meeting warrants, with appendices, are attached to this post. As in Edgartown, which also holds its annual town meeting Tuesday, Oak Bluffs voters are considering a year-long moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries: It's …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Saying they hadn't had time to read the state's draft regulations issued Friday, members of the Edgartown Planning Board Tuesday rebuffed a request to shorten a proposed moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. Town voters get their say next week.
Tuesday evening, a majority of the Edgartown Planning Board agreed with a prospective medical marijuana dispensary operator that a six-month moratorium on dispensaries would be preferable to the 12-month moratorium facing voters at next week's annual town meeting. "It’s inevitable that some people will be gone by the time they have access to a safe, legal drug," Jordan Wallace told the board in a hearing continued from last month. But Wallace needed four of five board members' votes to change the warrant, and he only received three. "We needed another vote," a disappointed Wallace said after the hearing at Town Hall, adding that he nonetheless was encouraged to have swayed a majority of the board. Impatient and dismissive From the outset …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
An Oak Bluffs man aims to earn the right to open the first medical marijuana dispensary on Martha's Vineyard. Today in Edgartown, he'll ask the planning board to scrap a proposed moratorium on prescription pot outlets.
When Jordan Wallace says "I'm not a regular 19-year-old," he isn't bragging so much as stating a fact. After all: How many "regular" 19-year-olds have established nonprofit corporations and applied to the state of Massachusetts for permission to dispense medical marijuana in the communities where they grew up? This evening in Edgartown, Wallace makes his case to the town planning board that a year-long moratorium on prescription-pot dispensaries does not belong on next week's town meeting warrant. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall. "A year-long moratorium is really inappropriate," Wallace said. "It's inevitable that some people who need this medicine now will be deceased" before they can get it in a safe and legal way, he …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The public has until April 20 to comment on the long-awaited draft regulations on how medical marijuana may be dispensed in Massachusetts. One Martha's Vineyard man with a dispensary plan says he's ready to sign a lease.
Jordan Wallace of Oak Bluffs was finishing an in-depth interview with Patch at Edgartown Meat and Fish Friday afternoon when word came from the state that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued its long-awaited draft regulations on how medical marijuana may be dispensed under the voter-approved Act for Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana. Read the proposed medical marijuana regulations here. The timing could hardly be tighter for Wallace, who wants to open a medical marijuana clinic on Martha's Vineyard. He goes before the Edgartown Planning Board Tuesday in a bid to pull a year-long moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries from the town meeting warrant. "A year-long moratorium is really inappropriate," Wallace …
Monday, March 18, 2013
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 …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Medical marijuana will be illegal in public places where tobacco is allowed, under a proposed town meeting article in Edgartown; selectmen in Oak Bluffs as well as Edgartown are looking to put medical pot shops on hold.
Medical marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, but using it in public parts of Edgartown might soon be the prescription for a $300 fine. Edgartown selectmen Tuesday approved draft language for two medical marijuana articles to be placed on the 2013 special town meeting warrant. The first article stipulates that nobody may smoke, or in any other way ingest, marijuana or its active ingredient tetrahydrocanabinol while "in or upon" any This proposed marijuana by-law carries a $300 civil fine for infractions. The second Edgartown article proposes a zoning amendment imposing a moratorium on medical marijuana facilities until 2014. Oak Bluffs selectmen last week backed a similar temporary moratorium, according to the Vineyard Gazette. Officials in…
Monday, February 11, 2013
This afternoon, the Edgartown Board of Selectmen reviews two proposed seasonal package stores, gets updated by the Harbormaster about the Falmouth Ferry agreement and hears from the shellfish warden about a change in commercial scallop limits.
Agenda for the Feb. 11, 2013 meeting of the Edgartown Board of Selectmen: 4:00 PM Public Hearing – Vintage MV LLC seasonal all alcohol package goods store. 4:05 PM Public Hearing – 65 Main LLC seasonal all alcohol package goods store. 4:10 PM Charlie Blair, Harbormaster – Falmouth Ferry Agreement. 4:15 PM Paul Bagnall, Shellfish Warden – Commercial Scallop limit change. * Medical Marijuana Articles for Town Meeting. * New Business & Old Business. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in the Fred B. Morgan Jr. Meeting Room, Town Hall, 70 Main Street, Edgartown. Stay Patched in! Follow Martha's Vineyard Patch on Twitter | Like Martha's Vineyard Patch on Facebook | Sign up for the daily email with links to the latest news | Got something to say? Start…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The medical marijuana ballot initiative passed last week, which means up to 35 medical marijuana dispensaries can open in 2013. Would you be okay with having one on the Island?
Medical marijuana is coming to Massachusetts. The question is: where? The medical marijana ballot initiative that passed 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. How would you feel about a dispensary opening here on Martha's Vineyard? Tell us in our comments section below.