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How Massachusetts will regulate the sale of medical marijuana, which was legalized in November, is still unclear. But one Colorado-based manufacturer of marijuana-infused products is hopeful he will be able to start selling his goods here sometime this year.
Tripp Keber looked at more than 35 business proposals before he started Dixie Elixirs three years ago in Colorado. The company manufactures products infused with marijuana that are sold online in Colorado and in the state’s 500 medical marijuana dispensaries.
A measure to legalize medical marijuana in Massachusetts may have won decisive support at the ballot box this election, but communities across the Boston area are rushing to craft zoning regulations to limit where the drug dispensaries can be located, or in some cases ban them altogether, before the new law takes effect in January.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts voters may have enthusiastically approved the legalization of medical marijuana, but that hasn’t stopped communities around the state from rushing to amend their zoning regulations to make sure marijuana dispensaries are banned or restricted in their towns.
Although the law allowing the use of marijuana for patients with serious medical conditions goes into effect Jan. 1, the state Department of Public Health has until May 1 to issue regulations on who will run the dispensaries, who will work there and how they will be operated. DPH must also decide what constitutes a 60-day supply patients can receive.
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The law passes the responsibility of developing more elaborate guidelines for the program onto the DPH. Among the DPH’s tasks will be defining terms such as “debilitating medical condition,” and what constitutes a “60-day supply” of medical marijuana.
The ballot initiative does set several key guidelines. Among those are the fact that there can be no fewer than one but no more than five treatment centers in each of the state’s 14 counties, totaling no more than 35 centers. Those numbers were chosen because they create enough treatment centers for patients to have safe access to them, while at the same time making their monitoring and regulation manageable for the state, Allen said.
All of the centers must be nonprofit “to guarantee that service to patients with debilitating conditions is their primary mission,” Allen said.
The goal is to use the framework set up by the ballot initiative to create the safest, strictest medical marijuana program in the country, Allen said.
“We look forward to working with the state and local communities to implement the medical marijuana system so patients suffering from debilitating conditions get the medicine they need, [and] communities are safe and secure,” he said.
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