NEWS: Local medical marijuana dispenser?


The November election proved to be a time in which voters battled the question regarding the availability of medicinal marijuana in Massachusetts. Mayors in Lynn, Melrose and Peabody have decided to ban dispensaries in their cities, but the mayors of Newburyport, Malden and Somerville are willing to discuss the affects of what having a dispensary means for their cities.

Since Somerville is part of the later group, Mayor Joseph Curtatone has been involved in deciding what will happen if Somerville decides to have a dispensary.

Mayor Curtatone has made it clear that he would not be opposed as long as it’s located in the right neighborhood. He’s in contact with the Board of Aldermen to enact a moratorium that would be in place until July 2014, which would allow Somerville to create zoning laws for the potential dispensary.

Mayor Curtatone plans on dealing with this potential change to the city in a professional and responsible manner.

“Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved the legalization of medical marijuana with 63 percent of the vote last November, and I will honor the decision of the voters” Curtatone mentioned in a recent statement.

A meeting will take place on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 7 p.m. between the Board of Aldermen regarding this developing topic. –Jen Morgan