TELL US: Would You Want a Marijuana Dispensary in Your Neighborhood?

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 your neighborhood?

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 neighborhood, but they're fine somewhere else — and if so, why? Tell us in our comments section below. 

PGRD November 09, 2012 at 11:55 AM
We have bars and liquor stores already.
Deb November 09, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Why not just put it with alcohol???? Until its absolutely legal for all adults. That is where it will end up anyway in the end. And investors then won't waste all their money on "medical" equipment, etc. and be all pissed off when it gets outright legalized and the people won't care because the lesser of the two evils will be sold from the same store...the liquor store.
Gary Chase November 09, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Gotta agree with Deb. All the violence and wasted policing would be eliminated if it was totally legalized (and taxed.)
Joseph November 09, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I support it. I voted for it. I don't think the influence that CHAD has in our neighborhood will allow for it to open though. Along with the number of schools and the Drug-Free Zones in place, I just don't see it happening. I would think getting weed through a dispensary would be difficult because you would need a script from the doctor. Right? Those without a script will continue to utilize the many sources already well established. Getting weed is NOT difficult. Here's a great question for the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce. They (Diane & Abby) are on the record that they would never interfere with any business coming to Charlestown. Let's see what their take is now?
Michael November 09, 2012 at 01:51 PM
people should be permitted (perhaps with a capital P) to grow for personal consumption/enjoyment, just like they may grow essentially every other medicinal plant and herb they wish (papaver somniferum not-withstanding). this removes the financial component from the whole equation. no profit motive, no attendant corruption. no corrupting influence, no crimes. that includes white color crime. in the name of Devil's Advocacy, and since as a nation, we want to build small business, legitimate taxable revenue can be collected building businesses instead of jail cells. See: http://heirloomtobacco.com/Garden_Coop.html http://www.medicinalherbplants.com
Angela Wang November 09, 2012 at 02:17 PM
NIMBY. Not always something you might say with pride. But NIMBY. I have no need to be an early adopter in this case. How about near a hospital?
Yvonne Prete November 09, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I live in Brookline Village with several liquor stores nearby and more in Coolidge Corner. I'd be fine with it here.
j k01 November 09, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I suggest putting one in Copley Square next to BosTix so beautiful and not-so-beautiful people can easily find it.
Tim November 09, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I have no problem with a shop opening in Charlestown, but it will be hard to find a place that's not too close to a school zone.
Velvet Jones November 09, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Jimmy G. November 09, 2012 at 03:23 PM
There already here there called Drug Dealers... they come with Violence and crime. Why would i want you to legalize it, decriminalize it and make tax revenue from it i am way to closed minded to see that by doing this would actual be better for society. i mean why would we want to spend all that money that we use on the war against drugs to date 1 trillion dollars on schools and educate kids on the effects of drug use and give them an education that out shines the rest of the world. Why would we do that since that war on drugs that has cost 1 trillion Dollars has FAILED to reach any of its GOALS!!!!! http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/05/13/ap-impact-years-trillion-war-drugs-failed-meet-goals/
j November 09, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I would welcome this as well.
FBE November 09, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Absolutely not. I also voted against it.
Owen November 09, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Are you ok with liquor stores? What's the excuse to allow that to happen if you're against legal venues to by marijuana?
Lynn McSweeney November 09, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Yes, I want it in my neighborhood of JP! Hope it's within easy access - I might be eligible for it, but if not, it should still be within easy distance so those in pain don't have to travel far to get it. That's the point: it's MEDICAL marijuana. Thank god this sane measure passed. Thanks, fellow citizens!
Brian Morrison November 09, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Fran Harrington November 09, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Sure. Put it right next to my apartment. Wouldn't bother me in the slightest.
FBE November 09, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Having been to Denver and Venice, CA, it really made me not want to have the law pass here. I am not opposed to medical marijuana, but walking around in Venice there are people wearing sandwich boards in front of "doctor"'s offices, saying "do you get headaches? Have trouble sleeping? You may need a prescription for medical marijuana". That's disgusting and I absolutely, No, would not want that in my neighborhood or around my children. I also watched the 60 minutes where they said in Denver there are more marijuana stores than starbucks and mcdonalds combined. Did you guys even research what you were voting for?
Bob from JP November 09, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Why is it disgusting? Are you disgusted by ads for Tylenol and Ambien?????
Doug Sabbag November 10, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Sell it where liquor is being sold. Do I have a liquor store next to my home? No. Would I really want a liquor store (or ANY store) right next to my home? No! But that has nothing to do with the wisdom of legalizing this for adults. "Land of the Free" adults should damn well be able to smoke pot if they want to.
Southender November 10, 2012 at 07:20 PM
It should be attached to a Pharmacy. If it is legalized for all, then it should be tied to full Liquor Stores not limited licenses.
M de JP November 28, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Firstly, in response to FBE, caffeine kills more people than marijuana does. Also, there are plenty cases of death from other drugs like Tylenol and ambien. They are totally different. In fact there are no or at least very few cases of people dying directly from marijuana (according to a documentary I watched recently and have to find again). I think that having separate stores for it is the best option because marijuana, pharmaceuticals and alcohol are such different drugs! Marijuana is medicine - hence medical marijuana - and it will compete with pharmaceuticals (and not alcohol). If there are separate dispensaries then people can buy and not feel strange about it plus the stores can have baked goods, which may require a separate license... All in all I think having a medical marijuana store in my neighborhood is great because I would much rather see that than lots of liquor stores and pharmacies where people buy concoctions of chemicals to ingest and help their headaches, stomach aches, anxiety and pain, all of which can be helped by medical marijuana.
M de JP November 28, 2012 at 01:26 PM
In addition to my first comment (in response to starbucks and mcdonalds): beyond caffeine and legal drug abuse/misuse, obesity is one the top killers in America, and I'm not going to even touch on cigarettes because I hope that is obvious...
Roberta Crowley Gottlieb December 02, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Why don't Pharmacies dispence it, just as they do other medications. The idea of using liquor stores to dispense makes this sound like recreational use. If this is regulated medication, it needs to be dispensed at Pharmacies(everywhere), where all regulated medication is dispensed!!!! Boston RPh
Bill Rohde December 02, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Take the location issue from a different perspective: where would you NOT want a pharmacy? The insinuations that marijuana will be prescribed indiscriminately, would obviously be associated with crime, or with substances like alcohol and nicotine primarily purchased OTC to cause intoxication is biased reasoning. Leave the prescribing issues to the Pharmacy Board and the Board of Registration in Medicine. If current zoning laws would allow a pharmacy in your neighborhood, then there is no need to write a separate code for another prescription mediciation, unless, of course you really want to set up a zoning code for birth control pills, sedatives; maybe we ought to have a zoning code for Viagra...so it can't be sold within 100 yards of Tent City?
Dan December 02, 2012 at 12:46 PM
The best way to manage this is to limit them to hospitals and medical clinics that have been open for more than 10 years (remember this is for people with real medical needs). That way we don't have what has happened in California with pot stores all over the place dispensing to anyone who can forge a scrip. I do really think we have opened up pandoras box here as it will get out of control with out any strong limits.
Just a person! December 02, 2012 at 02:15 PM
If it is medical the dispense it from a drug store, if it calls for a prescription then that's where it should be dispensed!
Kate December 02, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I don't really understand the problem with having the dispensaries in the neighborhood. We're talking about sick people getting drugs legally to help them. People are against sick people in the neighborhood? Legal drugs? We have pharmacies doing the same thing with far more powerful drugs. We have liquor stores selling liquor for no medical purpose. I'd be happy to have a dispensary in the neighborhood.


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