Swampscott Eyes on Marijuana Rules and Ruling

Swampscott officials attended a workshop last week on the medical marijuana law.


Town officials will be watching two regulatory items related to towns and medical marijuana dispensaries.

The items are the attorney general's review of by-laws prohibiting the dispensaries in several Massachusetts towns including Wakefield and Reading, said Swampscott Town Administrator Tom Younger.

The other item is the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's establishment of regulations governing the dispensaries. The department has until the end of April to establish the rules.

Younger was one of four Swampscott officials at the Local Government and Medical Marijuana workshop at the Massachusetts Municipal Association's annual meeting last week.

He was joined by town Planner Pete Kane and Selectmen Barry Greenfield and Glenn Kessler.

Last fall voters in Massachusetts overwhelmingly approved the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

The voting on Question 3 in Swampscot was: 

Yes 5,328 No 2,555

The law allows up to 35 nonprofit dispensaries in the state, the town administrator said.

There must be at least one in each county, he said.

About 100 people crowded a Hynes Auditorium room to hear panelists including a health director from Reading, Wakefield and Melrose, Ruth Clay, a lawyer, Barbara Sainte Andre, and an assistant police chief, Walpole Deputy Police Chief John Carmichael.

What was clear is that Massachusetts communities are trying to get a handle on how the new law will apply to their towns and cities, Younger said.

The communities are waiting to see what will happen with the attorney general's review and the health department's regulations.

In the meantime, Swampscott selectmen will receive an update next week on the MMA workshop from the town administrator.

In 2012 Massachusetts became the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana. Patients with HIV, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C, or other conditions can obtain a card from the state allowing them to purchase the drug.

Paul Hurteau January 31, 2013 at 06:39 PM
So the voters made their decision at the ballot's and now a FEW people are going to guide us,,, Most of who's jobs depend on this failed drug war??? I prfer to list to REAL experts. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is an international organization of criminal justice professionals who bear personal witness to the wasteful futility and harms of our current drug policies. Our experience on the front lines of the “war on drugs” has led us to call for a repeal of prohibition and its replacement with a tight system of legalized regulation, which will effectively cripple the violent cartels and street dealers who control the current illegal market. http://www.leap.cc
Nucky Thompson January 31, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Lighten up Francis. Let's wait for the DPH.
pamela boucher February 05, 2013 at 01:02 PM
do not have one in swampscott please. it is a drug and when people take it they tene do cocaine also. keep the drugs away from people ok


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