Burlington to Discuss Marijuana Dispensary Issue

Town administrator says officials will look into the particulars of the new law to "understand what we're facing."


With the passage of Question 3 on Tuesday, cities and towns are left to set regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries.

Voters approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes, as prescribed by a doctor, by a 63 to 37 percent margin. With the approval comes the creation of marijuana dispensaries—"non-profit treatment centers that will grow, process and provide marijuana to patients or their caregivers," according to the Secretary of State.

There are already state regulations built into Question 3, which require the dispensaries to apply and pay for a Department of Public Health registration, as well as submit operating procedures, including the mandatory storage of marijuana in locked facilities.

Communities will also need to set local regulations for dispensaries.

Burlington Town Administrator John Petrin said town leaders are just beginning to discuss what should be done in Burlington. He said the plan now is to discuss it with the Planning Board, which handles applying zoning laws for incoming businesses.

"We’ve had some preliminary discussion on what we need to put on the plate for discussion to see where we want to go," he said.

Petrin did not say right out that the town would look to block a dispensary in town. However, during a discussion of the possibility of the law passing last Monday, members of the board of selectmen discussed the possibility of trying to block dispensaries from town.

Burlington voters were in favor of the ballot measure on Tuesday. In town the measure .

Massachusetts is the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana. Dispensaries have popped up all over the United States, and there are websites dedicated to finding them, including: WeedMaps.com.

Colorado has marijuana dispensaries in place, which were overloaded with callers seeking pot for recreational use earlier this week, according to News5 KOAA.com.

Marijuana has been used to help with several medical conditions in the 17 other states where it was legal before Tuesday. According to Pain Management of America, "Some of the more common conditions and symptoms treated with medical marijuana include chronic pain, nausea, glaucoma, seizure disorders, cancer, diabetes [and] muscle spasms."

Last month, the Wall Street Journal reported that an Oakland, CA dispensary generated nearly $1 million in tax revenue and sells approximately $20 million in pot annually.

What do you think? Should Burlington allow a medical marijuana dispensary (or more) in town? Tell us in the comments section.

Jillian Galloway November 09, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Change federal law. The federal marijuana laws don't stop people using marijuana so what good are they? If we love our children and want them to be safe from drug dealers and unnecessary searches then we should contact our federal representatives and tell them that we support legalizing marijuana like beer and wine at the federal level.
Patrick Shane November 09, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Estimates show that marijuana is America’s number one cash crop. However, marijuana remains untaxed. This is a new source of income for our nation, an income we desperately need. Over 500 of the nation’s top economic professors have shared their opinion in supporting the removing the prohibition and imposing the taxation and regulation of marijuana as a way to slow the federal deficit. Ending marijuana prohibition would save the US $7.7 BILLION annually. That is nearly as much as Congress’ proposed Budget Control Act. Think of the jobs it would create, the court time I would save and the jail space it would free up for actual criminals. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_tUy6fylQs
J. Parker November 10, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Yeh, and think of all the inebriated drivers on the road as well ! I don't know the answer....May be you're right, and may be you're wrong. However, I thought we voted on this at last election? It passed. And those that needed medical marijuana could acquire it. What does this new law accomplish? Is it that there would be more marijuana in a medical reliant persons home for others to use as well? Would it be more available to our young children? Is money more important ? What jobs would it create? I agree about the court time and the jail space.....It's not marijauna that is the enemy as much as what other drugs it may lead to. Get a person hooked and they'll look for more when the marijuana isn't doing IT for them.


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