Medical Marijuana: Top Stories in Central Mass in 2012
Monday, December 31, 2012
The campaign for Question 3, which would remove state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients, received over $1 million in support from billionaire Peter Lewis, chairman of the Ohio-based Progressive Insurance Company and a major proponent of medical pot across the country.
However, not everyone is eager to see the new law go into effect. The Massachusetts Municipal Association has called for a six-month delay on implementing the law in order to give cities and towns time to update zoning laws or institute additional regulations that would apply to medical marijuana treatment centers. City Councilor Konstantina Lukes introduced a resolution that would prohibit the siting of any dispensaries within the City of Worcester, but the Council moved to file the resolution rather than adopt it, citing the medical marijuana law's wide margin of victory in the City itself.
Meanwhile, marijuana advocates are already looking forward to 2016, when they are confident Massachusetts voters will follow the trail blazed by Colorado and Washington this year and pass another ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of pot.
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