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. 

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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