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Starting Jan. 1 You Can Grow Your Own Marijuana with Doctor's Prescription

The State Department of Public Health is working on coming up with statewide regulations.

As municipalities across Massachusetts await medical marijuana regulations from the State Department of Public Health, the Boston City Council is preparing the city the best it can for medical marijuana for January 1.

Boston has a 120-day window through city zoning regulations starting Jan. 1 to create new zoning for medical marijuana dispensaries, but the state law states medical marijuana dispensaries can be opened on Jan. 1. The state law also says anyone who receives a prescription from their physician can then legally grow their own marijuana.

District 5 City Councilor Rob Consalvo, chair of the Committee on Public Safety, said the city is continuing to work on creating zoning to allow medical marijuana dispensaries. Consalvo has said medical marijuana dispensaries should go in medical areas where people get treatment. The Boston Redevelopment Authority recently created the language and definition of medical marijuana dispensaries, said Consalvo, during Wednesday's weekly Boston City Council meeting. 

But District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan issued his concerns about the new law. Said Linehan, "As of January 1, if your doctor gives you a note for marijuana you can grow marijuana yourself and use it. The police find it difficult to deal with. The State Department of Public Health are coming up with those regulations, and it doesn’t seem like those regulations will happen quickly."

Linehan said the council needs to keep an eye for medical marijuana dispensaries popping up in areas the eventual zoning code will not allow: residential areas, near schools, or daycare centers. 

"There’s a lot of flaws and openings," said Linehan. "We need to stay right on top of this."

Consalvo said the matter will carry into the New Year, and there will be at least one more public hearing before any text amendment to Boston's zoning code moves forward.  

FlyingTooLow December 20, 2012 at 04:33 PM
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FlyingTooLow December 20, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I copied the below comment from another website. I think the American veteran who wrote this sums it up very well: "I am a disabled Army Veteran and smoke marijuana strictly for medical purposes. I never smoked before I broke my back in the military and it hasen't been a gateway to anything. I started smoking because of my cauda equina syndrome. I had a herniated disk in my lower back that compressed the nerves at the lower end of my spine (cauda equina nerves). The doctors couldn't prevent permanent damage, so I am left with permanent pain that is so severe that it leads to vomiting on a consistant basis without my medacine (marijuana). The doctors prescribed me morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, oxycotton, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, etc... All of the above named meda... cines made me useless, I hardly knew what was happening around me. On top of that, they didnt help with the pain or the vomiting from the pain. I felt like bugs were crawling under my skin. After complaining about this for a while, friends and family handed me cannabis. I was reluctant at first, due to the stigma that goes along with it. After I gave it a try, I realized that it was far and away a better solution than any of the above named DRUGS. I had none of the issues with cannabis that I had with all those other PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS. I can function and carry on with my life. Marijuana has made me a better person and a far more functional parent and husband."

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