Dolan: No Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The mayor told WCVB news that the city has no appropriate zones for the operation of such a facility.

Melrose, like most of Massachusetts, overwhelmingly approved question 3 allowing medical marijuana for some patients in the commonwealth. 

However, many officials, including Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan, are balking at the idea of a dispensary opening within city limits

"In Melrose, almost every area that allows commercial use is 100 yards from a church, 200 yards from a school, and across the street from a playground. Those are not the  type of areas where I feel those distribution centers should be located," he told WCVB News Friday.  

"I do feel that as a defender of my community that many of those people who voted for the law, if you were to ask them ."

The Board of Aldermen is also considering a zoning regulation that would explicitly ban such operations from the city. 

Suanne Garnier November 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM
If you vote for a law, you are implicitly accepting the logical consequences of it. I think dispensaries should be located using a reasoned approach. For instance, a major consideration should be to put the dispensary to best serve the people who will be using it in terms of proximity and accessibility. Is Melrose a good choice? I don't know, but it should be considered. Are there negative impacts to communities where dispensaries are located? Maybe that could be determined by looking at communities in other states that have dispensaries, and the actual issues they have (if any.) Are there any positives to having the dispensaries in terms of tax revenues? I don't know, but again, it should be considered. If it looks like our community is not an effective location, or that there are significant negative effects on the community, THAT is why it should be opposed. Not NIMBY.
Gustavo Picciuto November 20, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I understand your logic but didn't the voters know about the dispensaries already when they voted for this law? It is obvious that if you approve this law you also approve of dispensaries which is clearly stated in the ballot that 35 dispensaries would open; one has to assume that one of these 35 will be near where you live. Voters know what the consequences of their YES vote meant, believe it or not.
RL Goudreau November 20, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Do the pharmacies in CVS and Walgreens (both on Main Street) dispense oxycodone or any other vast number of highly addictive drugs (and arguably more dangerous and destructive to the city than pot)? If so, under the Mayor's reasoning we should be looking to ban their selling in our city. I mean a YMCA, the library, a synagogue, the high school, middle school, and a handful of churches are all within a quarter mile of these dispensaries. But it's okay because they are only dispensing drugs to people with prescriptions. Damn, I hate it when logic and sound reasoning get in the way of a good argument.
Josh Chace November 20, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I think you're giving WAY too much credit to the average voter. Very few of them read past the bill summary to see what they're actually voting for.
Mark Ouellette November 20, 2012 at 04:13 PM
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