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20 Medicinal Pot Dispensaries to Open in Massachusetts

Milford is one of 20 applicants that will be receiving medicinal marijuana licenses to operate in Massachusetts.

File photo.
File photo.

By Owen Boss

The Department of Public Health announced Friday morning the 20 applicants that will be awarded medicinal marijuana licenses to operate in Massachusetts. Milford is among them. 

Dispensaries will be located in Mashpee, Dennis, Taunton, Fairhaven, Salem, Haverhill, Holyoke, Northampton, Lowell, Ayer, Newton, Cambridge, Brookline, Quincy, Plymouth Brockton, Boston, Milford and Worcester, according to the announcement.

More than 100 groups applied for licenses to open medical pot shops around the state. The licenses were awarded by county.

Check out the complete list here

Do you support the use of medical marijuana? 

Let us know in the comments section below

Milford Senior Man January 31, 2014 at 03:18 PM
For every one person with a medical condition who will legitimately get relief taking this drug, there will be a thousand who will get the pot just to get stoned. Some will get the prescription just to sell it.
UglyHat January 31, 2014 at 03:49 PM
You might be right Senior Man. And there will probably be doctors tempted by bribes to provide prescriptions to those that don’t need it. We’ve wasted an awful lot of money, time, and lives trying to keep people off of marijuana and it’s more common now than ever before. The feds should just end the prohibition and be done with it.
Michael Soares January 31, 2014 at 04:16 PM
Our medical marijuana law is not as easy to abuse as some other states. Its very specific in what illnesses qualify under this law. You wont be able to just claim migraines and get a prescription. And its not that lucrative for a doctor to risk his/her medical license to take a bribe.
Myd Nevins January 31, 2014 at 04:25 PM
I'm going to take a guess that based on other prescription prices in this country, it will be cheaper to get it on the street anyways.
Ed Bertorelli January 31, 2014 at 04:34 PM
good points everyone...
Babe February 01, 2014 at 08:55 AM
Why do all of these places end up in Milford. We half halfway houses, batted women houses, free public housing, low income housing, on and on. Where are the politicians that are supposed to be looking out for the town.? Why aren't some of these institutions in surrounding towns? Why is Milford the target?
Kim Clark February 01, 2014 at 10:42 AM
A.) Probably for the same reason the Dana-Farber came to Milford and all the specialists from UMass Medical who have offices in Milford. B.) The low-income housing was built and is managed by the MILFORD housing Authority. C.) And what could you possibly have against shelters for battered women, BABE?
Babe February 01, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Hi Kim: I assure you I have nothing against battered women. I doubt if the reasons for all these places in Milford are the same as our great institutions . Do you live in Milford?
Glenn Wiech February 01, 2014 at 12:56 PM
If someone wants to smoke pot they are already doing it. They don't need a dispensary in town to get it. I don't see a problem with a dispensary, even if it were giving it out to everyone.
Legeis February 01, 2014 at 06:15 PM
It's a logical and reasonable revenue stream. I see no reason, after all these years, to be against a legal dispensary in the appropriately zoned property in Milford. (Yes, I live here).
Remember When February 01, 2014 at 08:18 PM
Based on the fees assessed by the state and the prices in Colorado without a script, it will probably be cheaper on the streets, but that's OK because your insurance may cover it. What will these dispensaries do when the cartels figure out they are loosing some good customers?
Tippy Doodle February 02, 2014 at 09:44 AM
@ Remember when: Hopefully it will force them to lower their prices for the junk that is sold on the streets.....or go find something else to sell to rip people off. In the dispensary YOU get to choose what you want to buy and how much you want to spend. For medicinal purposes only of course.
morlamweb February 02, 2014 at 12:10 PM
I have no problem with a legalized, regulated, and of course taxed, marijuana dispensary setting up shop in Milford. It's not going to add to drug problems in town. People who want to smoke that stuff have done so for a long time. I know, not from personal experience, but from the strong smell of MJ wafting around my neighborhood sometimes in the summer. It's strong enough that one probably could feel some effects if one breathed deeply enough. @Milford Senior Man: people in Milford already can get stoned if they want to, just by obtaining the drug through illegal channels. Will there be some abuse of the dispensary system? Probably; that's part of human nature. But as long as it's as controlled as can be and the state & town get their cut of the revenue, then I have no problem with it.
Mr Nobody February 02, 2014 at 03:06 PM
Milford is going to get a Medical Marijuana Dispensary because this proves that Milford has the most scum living in this town
morlamweb February 03, 2014 at 08:00 AM
@Mr Nobody: what a ridiculous comment! What does a medical marijuana dispensary have to do with the "scum" in town? And how do you define "scum": human beings who don't look and think just like you? Does that justify you calling them scum, dehumanizing them?

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