City councilors who have been saying for more than three years that they want to comply with the will of the people have finally voted to formally not oppose a marijuana dispensary - proposed for 230 Harvard Ave. in Allston. Read more.
The Bulletin reports two groups are seeking to open medical dispensaries on Harvard Avenue in Allston.
The problem is that skittish city officials, who keep saying they want to back the will of the people and allow dispensaries, keep finding ways to limit where they can operate. And in this case, the two dispensaries would be closer to each other than allowed under an ordinance approved by the City Council in March.
Cambridge Day reports the Cambridge City Council approved the rezoning required for a dispensary; the proposal still needs approval from the Planning Board and state regulators.
Cambridge Day reports the City Council is pondering whether to change the zoning at 1001 Mass. Ave. to allow a medical-marijuana dispensary; some say the council shouldn't change zoning for just one business, others say, eh, the city does it for developers all the time.
Oldtimers will, of course, recall that address was once home to the city's main video arcade.
Anticipating voters will approve the recreational use of marijuana, city councilors voted today to ban pot shops and medicinal marijuana dispensaries from opening closer than a half mile to each other.
City Councilor Michael Flaherty (at large) had originally sought a one-mile restriction, but offered a half mile as a compromise. Read more.
The City Council almost voted today on a zoning change that would prohibit both medical marijuana dispensaries and potential recreational pot shops from being closer than a mile to each other. Read more.
The Zoning Board of Appeal this morning voted unanimously to approve what would be Boston's first medical-marijuana dispensary at 21 Milk St.
The board approved the conditional permit needed by Patriot Care for the dispensary, at which patients with prescriptions will be able to purchase marijuana.
The board was not swayed by arguments by city councilors Bill Limrhan, Steve Murphy and Michael Flaherty, by local residents groups and by St. Francis House that the facility would flood a rapidly developing area with new drug users, would lead to existing drug users preying on patients and was not accessible enough to people in cars.
Resident Rishi Shukla said there is "another 120 miles of Suffolk County," Patriot Care should consider.
Mayor Walsh and city councilors Michelle Wu, Ayanna Pressley, Tito Jackson and Matt O'Malley supported the proposal.
At the request of the applicant, the Zoning Board of Appeals today deferred hearing the case for and against a medical-marijuana dispensary on Milk Street downtown until July 7. Read more.
The Dorchester Reporter alerts us to a June 2 Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on a proposed medical-marijuana dispensary at 21 Milk St., whose owners hope to open by year's end.
There'll be no pot districts in Boston, if at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty has his way.
On Wednesday, the City Council considers a proposal by Flaherty that would require at least 2,500 feet - nearly half a mile - between any marijuana dispensaries in Boston, should we ever actually get any.
Village 14 reports the city's Board of Aldermen voted 21-2 tonight to grant a permit to Garden Remedies for a dispensary at 697 Washington St. in Newtonville.
The concern was already on the state's dispensary approval list, and could be the first one to actually open in the state.
The Herald reports.
A local group tried to convince some skeptical residents in Brighton last night that 144 Harvard Ave. would be a good place to sell medical marijuana to patients with prescriptions for the drug.
Several city councilors say they're not opposed to medical marijuana but that Southampton Street is just the wrong place for one of the two dispensaries provisionally approved by the state because it's already in the middle of an area with large methadone clinics, a jail, trash-transfer facilities and the BU biolab.
And at a hearing today, councilors expressed major disappointment in state officials, none of whom showed up.
Cambridge Day reports a city proposal would limit medical-marijuana dispensaries to the Fresh Pond area at one end of the city and NorthPoint at the other.
Cannamed, a California company that runs medical marijuana dispensaries there, is looking to hire doctors for a Framingham dispensary:
GREAT INCOME POTENTIAL!!!
Jonathan Napoli told a City Council committee yesterday he wants to add a medical-marijuana dispensary to the hydroponics store he runs in Dudley Square.
That's good news for Councilor Bill Linehan, who says he's worried the city would try to pack all five Suffolk County dispensaries into his South Boston/South End district. But not everybody in Dudley Square is thrilled by the idea.
"Is Dispensary how we want Dudley defined?" Kaidi Grant asks this morning. "Dudley doesn't need to be known as the Weed District," she says, adding that Napoli's assertion that a dispensary would bring economic vitality to the square can be countered by other efforts to improve the area - such as the city's reconstruction of the old Ferdinand building into BPS headquarters. "Dudley needs positive branding to rebuild for the future."
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