Voters in Massachusetts may have a chance to make recreational Marijuana legal. A vote for legalizing Marijuana could be on the 2016 ballot in the state.
Legalize Marijuana 2016
The group Bay State Repeal plans to get a non-binding public policy questions about whether to legalize marijuana before voters in 2014, before making a push for binding language on the 2016 ballot as an initiative petition. (This would be reviewed by the Legislature 1st)
The usual arguments against the legalization of Marijuana are being put forth against the law. opponents contend Pot is a gateway drug or could lead to hard drugs being next. One even mentions Crack be the next drug being made legal.
The idea of drugs like crack would ever being made legal is nonsense. Crack and street heroin have no redeeming qualities that offer what marijuana does.
We would contend that since the legalization in other States like Colorado the overwhelming positive aspect outweigh the negative.
Medical Marijuana has been positive for so many people. Making it available to everyone while taxing it would put the state inline with other areas of America that believe in freedom of choice.
This move by Bay State Repeal is one more step forward for supporters like us. We encourage you and all your friends to debate this. Please let us know were you stand on these issue.
On November 5, 2013 voters in Portland ME passed question 1. This legalizes recreational use of Marijuana within city limits.
Selling pot is still illegal and police have said they are concerned about dealers coming to town. Public use is also illegal.
The use of Medical Marijuana under a doctors supervision is available in the rest of Maine.
The folks at LegalizeMarijuana.me have already started moving forward on State wide legal Marijuana.
Marijuana has been grown outdoors in Maine for decades. The best growing areas are on the same latitudes as Humboldt County CA. One of the best growing areas in the World.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has announced that Phase 2 application forms for Registered Marijuana Dispensaries are now available on Comm-PASS at www.comm-pass.com.
Completed applications forms must be hand-delivered on Thursday, Nov. 21, to the Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street in Boston. Only applicants who were approved in the Department’s Phase 1 review are eligible to apply for the second and final phase of dispensary selection.
Phase 2 applications will be evaluated by a selection committee and scored on such factors as ability to meet the health needs of registered patients, appropriateness of the site, geographic distribution of dispensaries, local support, and plans to ensure public safety.
An informational meeting for Phase 2 applicants will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 30 Washington Street in Somerville.
The DOJ has decided for now not to enforce Marijuana Laws in cases like medical or recreational use where legal.
This does not mean the DOJ can’t enforce these federal laws. It simply means they will not for now. States with Marijuana Laws have been asking for guidance for months. This announcement should let guidance of bylaws and local law move forward.
Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts
Today, the U.S. Department of Justice announced an update to its federal marijuana enforcement policy in light of recent state ballot initiatives that legalize, under state law, the possession of small amounts of marijuana and provide for the regulation of marijuana production, processing, and sale.
In a new memorandum outlining the policy, the Department makes clear that marijuana remains an illegal drug under the Controlled Substances Act and that federal prosecutors will continue to aggressively enforce this statute. To this end, the Department identifies eight (8) enforcement areas that federal prosecutors should prioritize. These are the same enforcement priorities that have traditionally driven the Department’s efforts in this area.
Outside of these enforcement priorities, however, the federal government has traditionally relied on state and local authorizes to address marijuana activity through enforcement of their own narcotics laws. This guidance continues that policy.
For states such as Colorado and Washington that have enacted laws to authorize the production, distribution and possession of marijuana, the Department expects these states to establish strict regulatory schemes that protect the eight federal interests identified in the Department’s guidance. These schemes must be tough in practice, not just on paper, and include strong, state-based enforcement efforts, backed by adequate funding. Based on assurances that those states will impose an appropriately strict regulatory system, the Department has informed the governors of both states that it is deferring its right to challenge their legalization laws at this time. But if any of the stated harms do materialize—either despite a strict regulatory scheme or because of the lack of one—federal prosecutors will act aggressively to bring individual prosecutions focused on federal enforcement priorities and the Department may challenge the regulatory scheme themselves in these states.
A copy of the memorandum, sent to all United States Attorneys by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole,on our resources page
Over 100 applications have been filed with Massachusetts Department Of Public Health. Middlesex County has the most with 47 and Berkshire with only 3.
Only 35 licenses will be given out. The state will pick those with experience and the best resources like capital.
In a statement on the website they said
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health required completed Phase 1 application forms for Registered Marijuana Dispensaries be hand-delivered on August 22, 2013. The list of applicants includes the name of the non-profit corporation, a contact person (if provided) and the first county of preference for the RMD location. The total number of applications received by the Department was 181.
Applications will be reviewed in two phases. Under Phase 1, dispensary applicants will be reviewed for, among other things, non-profit status and financial viability. Applicants must also report whether any member of their proposed organization has a felony drug conviction.
Applicants who meet the qualifications in Phase 1 will be eligible to proceed to Phase 2 this fall where a selection committee will conduct an in-depth review and select dispensaries through a competitive process. The committee will evaluate and score Phase 2 applications based on such factors as appropriateness of the site, geographical distribution of dispensaries, local support, and the applicant’s ability to meet the overall health needs of registered patients, while ensuring public safety.
The voter-approved law allows DPH to register up to 35 non-profit Registered Marijuana Dispensaries across the state, with at least one but no more than five dispensaries per county.
DPH anticipates that the Phase 1 review will be completed by mid September. At that time, the list of applicants who make it to Phase 2 will be made available to the public.
As we went through the list we noticed that some companies submitted 2 applications. Why this happened is unknown.
You can see the Mass Medical Marijuana Dispensary applicants list on our resources page
Massachusetts has officially opened the application process for Marijuana Dispensaries. The state will issue up to 35 licenses to qualified applicants.
At the time of this post only MCR Labs was listed as applying.
Instructions on How to Access Application Forms for Registered Marijuana Dispensaries Phase 1 application forms for Registered Marijuana Dispensaries are now available on Comm-PASS.
1. Go to
2. Click on the link for “Search for a Solicitation”
3. Enter “401620 NOA 1” in the Document Number box.
4. A link will appear at the top of the page, saying “There are 1 Solicitation(s) found that match your search criteria.”
5. Click on that link and a page will app ear with the document name, number and a
“view” icon (eye glasses).
6. Click on the eye glasses and the summary screen will appear
Applications must be filed with the fee of $1’500.00 and pass background check by August 22, 2013. Applicant must prove financial status as well.
You can contact Cullen Roberts for more information
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA, 02108
(617) 624-5062 (Phone)
(617) 624-5206 (Fax)