Voters passed legislation for medical marijuana in Massachusetts several months ago, but the Commonwealth is taking a while to get their ducks in a row when it comes to regulating the new industry. The Department of Public Health initially said it would be ready with regulations by May 1. Now they have backed off that promise, saying instead they will try to aim for the date, or as close to it as possible.
Update: Attorney General Martha Coakley has determined that Massachusetts towns cannot legally ban dispensaries outright.
Despite overwhelming approval of Question Three by Massachusetts voters, several local officials seem to have contracted cases of what might be termed ‘Nimby-itis.’ ‘NIMBY,’ of course, is the acronym for ‘not in my backyard.’
Massachusetts has officially become the 18th state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes with the passage of Question 3. While some are still concerned this could lead our state into a mess of pot-crazed teens and sick people, others recognize it is more about giving people access to a harmless and effective medicine, a plant that should not be banned in the first place.