Massachusetts: Lawmakers May Reduce Number of Allowed Dispensaries
By Steve Elliott
The Massachusetts Public Health Committee on Monday will hear proposals to change the state's medical marijuana law as it prepares to implement the voter-approved measure. Among the changes is one that would reduce the maximum number of medical marijuana dispensaries allowed in the state from 35 to only 10.
Another proposal would prohibit the dispensaries from being located within 1,000 feet of schools, houses of worship or civic centers, reports The Associated Press.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is scheduled to publish final regulations for medical marijuana later this month.
Massachusetts voters last November approved a ballot question legalizing medical marijuana for patients with certain conditions, including cancer, AIDS and Parkinson's disease.
Under the new medical marijuana law, patients are allowed to buy and possess up to a 60-day supply of cannabis.