Thursday, May 9, 2013
LowellSun.com reports regulations will go into effect May 24.
Rules for the medical use of marijuana have been written into the commonwealth's regulatory code by the Massachusetts Public Health Council Wednesday, according to State House News Service report published on LowellSun.com. Among the regulations are how much marijuana can generally be used by patients, the licensing procedure for medical marijuana dispensaries and how low-income patients can get access, according to the report. These regulations will go into effect May 24, according to the Sun. In November, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure that would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana as part of a treatment. Since that time, many communities have been concerned about having marijuana in their towns. The Attorney General's …
Friday, March 15, 2013
The Attorney General's office has ruled that towns can't ban medical marijuana dispensaries, but they can regulate them. A couple of Natick officials explain what effect this has locally and how they are currently handling the issue of medical marijuana i
The Massachusetts attorney general's office struck down a local law in Wakefield banning medical marijuana dispensaries, according to the Boston Globe. The Globe report went on to state that the attorney general's office did rule that towns can regulate the centers. "[Natick's] position at this point is to embrace a moratorium on the matter until the State comes up with guidance and requirements for implementing and monitoring these dispensaries," Board of Selectmen Chairperson Paul Joseph wrote in an email. Joseph continued by writing that after the moratorium the Town would "manage the potential placement of these businesses through a change to our zoning bylaw." Joseph wrote that a townwide zoning bylaw review/rewrite is in process (he …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The California-based medical marijuana company with an office in Natick received $6 million through a restricted stock purchase and has plans to file to become a public company with the Securities and Exchange Commission in March.
Medbox, Inc., the medical marijuana dispensing company that has an office in Natick, received $6 million in equity through a restricted stock purchase, according to the Boston Business Journal. The money came from a private investment firm, and Medbox CEO Bruce Bedrick says that he expects several more investments to come. The company plans on filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission to become publicly traded in March. The current investment they received is going to be used to acquire pharmacies and other businesses as Medbox looks to expand. Currently Medbox does not have any employees working out of the Natick office, according to the Boston Business Journal.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Dr. Bruce Bedrick, the CEO of Medbox, Inc., spoke last week at a medical marijuana regulation informational meeting in Worcester.
A Natick doctor spoke at one of the public meetings designed to gather information about the regulation of medicinal marijuana last week in Worcester, according to Boston.com. Dr. Bruce Bedrick is the CEO of Medbox, Inc., a company that makes software so dispensaries can keep close tabs on their patients, providing them with a special ID card and requiring that a fingerprint scan also be done in order for them to receive their marijuana, according to the Boston.com article. Bedrick praised state officials for having these public meetings to gather information before making any decisions, and he did not that because there is still a black market demand for the product that there is a need to have rules and procedures in place for safety. …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The offices will have a mock dispensary and will answer Natick's questions on medical marijuana.
A company that specializes in technology for medical marijuana dispensaries is set to open its offices in Natick this week, boston.com reports. The 81 Speen St. location will allow local officials and residents to ask questions about medical marijuana and will act as a mock dispensary to provide information to those thinking about starting a dispensary of their own. The Medbox Inc. company creates software which "allows dispensaries to keep close tabs on each of their patients, assigning each prescription-bearing client with a HIPAA-compliant ID card that they must swipe, accompanied by a fingerprint scan, in order to gain access to the dispensary's goods," the boston.com article said.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
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 Tuesday's 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 Jan. 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? Tell us in our comments section below.