TELL US: How Would You Feel About Having a Marijuana Dispensary in Town?

The medical marijuana ballot initiative passed on Tuesday, which means up to 35 medical marijuana dispensaries can open in 2013. Would you be OK with having one in town?


Medical marijuana is coming to Massachusetts. The question is: where?

The medical marijana ballot initiative that passed in Tuesdays election 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 January 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.

What do you think? Is this a classic case of NIMBY (fine, but Not In My Back Yard)? Or do medical marijuana dispensaries really not make sense in your town, but they're fine somewhere else — and if so, why?

Tell us in our comments section below. 

Lenny November 13, 2012 at 03:33 PM
You seem to be contradicting yourself.
Lenny November 13, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I had no idea who you were bigoted against, but when someone accuses someone they don't know to be a bigot, with no frame of reference through words or deeds, then it is an indication they themselves are bigots. It is called projectionism. And your last comment proves it. You are a bigot. I wish you luck straightening your life out.
gumshoe November 13, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Your just flipping the insult around, that method holds no water. My life is striaght I went right from jail to college where I am majoring in engineering and getting all As and Bs. My life is straight it is your argument that is not.
Lenny November 13, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Good for you, I am glad you are doing well. Try to get away from the weed and alchohol and you'll manage straight "A"'s. Good luck, we need more engineers.
gumshoe November 13, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I have to go to class now bye.
Lenny November 13, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Ok Gumshoe. It won't be so bad, 4 more days this week and then you have the Thanksgiving break next week to look forward to.
Lenny November 13, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Right, it is by a written doctor recommedation, but it carries for the doctor the same burden as a prescription. The patient is required to carry a card in order to make the purchase.
jason wert November 13, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Wow does anyone actually agree with this guy? Noone seems to be supporting his side. & carolyn, god bless you for what you go through, I hope you find some relief.
Lenny November 13, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Just because the majority wants something to be true, doesn't mean that it is. Truth exists regardless of whether the populace finds it pleasant or not. Truth can be undemocratic. Truth is independent from human determination, even if a lot of people agree on something. Jason, read a book.
jason wert November 13, 2012 at 06:33 PM
But this was about a vote & that is about majority. You are not god & you don't get to decide what's true, yours is just an opinion. & your opinion has littered this page for two days, not leaving room for intelligent discussion on this issue. Why don't you find something to do with yourself so the rest of us can talk civily? But of course you wont because your just one of those people who has to shove your beliefs down everyone elses throats. Are you a preacher?
Lenny November 13, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Jason, talk about projectionism. It is you who has been "littering the page for two days". You are on an incoherent rage. Talking civily does not mean everyone has to agree. I have insulted you, but only after you started with the insults, and not just with me. You need a mirror pal.....and I think you need to lie down.
CommonSenseCitizen November 13, 2012 at 09:18 PM
It's a product of a plant, for goodness sakes! There are plenty of people already taking it recreationally, why fool ourselves? They already have it available in pill form sold by pharmaceutical companies, so I guess it is okay as long as big companies are the ones making a profit on it? The above arguments can be applied to both marijuana and heroine. Anyone for making heroine legal and setting up shops to buy it?
Mark McSnark November 13, 2012 at 09:58 PM
I prefer extremely potent narcotics but medical marijuana is good for the comedown
Riso November 13, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I live in MA and wouldn't mind having one in my town. I've seen them in California and I think they look kind of swanky. We have to many empty strip malls. I would prefer a dispensary over another liquor store, or bar room any day. Or another "masseuse message parlor" for that matter. Less crime associated with medical marijuana and they wouldn't be open until 2:00AM like clubs and bar rooms. I don't see the problem. I think it may also decrease the amount of kids selling pot on the side for extra cash and going to jail. Legal regulated dispensaries should be safer for those who do smoke. At least they can be sure that the drug is not tainted with pcp, lsd or whatever because it's regulated. I say let them open. So long as my town gets the jobs and the extra tax revenue that it brings in. Tax and regulate them.
Carolyn Sheridan November 26, 2012 at 04:54 AM
One word: AMEN!
Carolyn Sheridan November 26, 2012 at 04:58 AM
But liquor stores are ok?
Sarah Begin December 12, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Just picture this...people texting and driving, killing others everyday. Fact. People with open containers in one hand, crashing and killing others drunk driving. Fact. Everyday. Research your facts before you make dumb statments about something you obviously know nothing about.
Sarah Begin December 12, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Lenny, you are so ignorant its ridiculous! As a cancer survivor friend recently said...I never would have made it through the grueling chemo treatments if it were not for pot. It helped her eat, take away the pain, and put her at ease to finally get some sleep. so yes, it is absolutely for medical purposes. And if people wanna have it for recreational use, good for them. Better than drinking...killing your liver, driving drunk, violent moods, fighting. Give me a break. Get your facts straight. Maybe they should make alcohol illegal again since it has so many bad consequences. Prescription pills are so over used and abused and guess what...way more damaging/addictive than a simple plant based drug. Take your blinders off
#getreal December 12, 2012 at 02:49 PM
not for long Edwars, wake up to 2012!
#getreal December 12, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Even the federal gov knows this a joke and will need to legalize everywhere soon enough. So everyone can get their panties out of a bunch and calm down.
#getreal December 12, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Wake up Kathleen. No more poison than alcohol or prescription drugs. The only poion is the chemo pumped into a cancer patient that can,t eat or sleep. Do you drink? Cuz that was once illegal too. Drunk driving and crime from prescripyion drugs is what the laws should focus on. Come out from under your rock honey.
#getreal December 12, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Smoking legal or illegal is 100x better than drinking and the consequences that come with alcohol. God I hope that none of your friends or family experience a bad illness....well then maybe you would see how important it is to have access to pot and live a decent pain free life. You must be like 70 or 80 and stuck in your ways, or just REALLY REALLY misinformed. Either way, sad...
#getreal December 12, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Karma is a bitch, better not get sick or you'll be begging for it!
#getreal December 12, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Right on, Bridget! No compassion as he has said over and over and over that it has nothing to do with illness.
#getreal December 12, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Bridget is right. Read your own comments. No compassion but plenty of ignorance
#getreal December 12, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Do you drink? Then you are an alchoholic. Well, if you are calling everyone a pothead who smokes, then anyone who drinks should be in AA because they are an alchoholic. Stop generalizing and name calling.
#getreal December 12, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Sounds like YOU need to smoke some pot!
Lenny December 12, 2012 at 03:21 PM
You sound like you need to get a job and read a book getreal. Idiot.
Lenny December 12, 2012 at 03:24 PM
That is because your reading comprehension is substandard Getreal. I said that legalization should be voted on, It will pass, and then we move on. But this law is not a about sick people......the majority of voters who favored it, voted for it so they could smoke pot legally, not because they were concerned about sick people. It is a sham bill, and smart people know that. Idiots don't.
Lenny December 12, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Sarah, you are an idiot. You have lousy reading comprehension skills and you make things up as you go along. You don't have a cancer survivor friend that told you that. You are making it up and you should be ashamed of yourself for doing so.


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