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Top 5 Marijuana Dispensaries in Massachusetts

You’ve finally got your Official Medical Marijuana Card and now it’s time to visit the dispensaries. But if it’s your first time buying cannabis products, you might feel a little overwhelmed by all of the options out there. To help narrow things down, …

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Buzzing off to sleep: Marijuana, insomnia and sleep apnea

Americans are more stressed now than ever.  We often work long hours in high-pressure environments, then try to squeeze in personal obligations, chores, and daily living tasks in the remaining time.  No wonder so many people report having trouble falli …

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What’s the difference between medical marijuana and recreational marijuana?

If you live in a state which has legalized both medical and recreational marijuana, you may wonder about the differences between them.  Especially if you suffer from a condition that medical marijuana is commonly prescribed to treat, you may wonder whe …

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Legal Marijuana Faces Setback in Massachusetts

Legal recreational pot in Massachusetts? Voters say, “Yes!” Their political representatives? “No so fast.” The voters in Massachusetts have spoken. A ballot initiative which passed in November, 2016, allows adults 21 and over to possess and use limited …

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Is Marijuana An Effective Weapon Against Opioid Addiction

There’s a surprisingly effective weapon again opioid deaths. But will we use it? Cannabis may slow America’s plague of opioid deaths The devastating toll of deaths from opioid addiction keeps growing. All round the country – in the heartland, on the co …

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Treatment under a doctor’s care or unregulated self-medication: Which seems best?

As five states address the question of legalizing recreational marijuana on November 8th, medical professionals are concerned about an aspect of legalized pot that is rarely discussed. While many adults view marijuana as an innocuous recreational alter …

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Cannabis and The Business of Helping People Live Better Lives

According to Massachusetts based South Coast Today website, the marijuana industry in Massachusetts and elsewhere is in a continuous state of change: regulations and licensure for growing, dispensing – for medicinal and potentially recreational use. Ey …

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How to Renew Your Medical Marijuana Registration in Massachusetts

If you are registered under the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana program, you need to renew every year. Don’t wait until just before your current registration expires! To be sure that there’s no gap in your Medical Marijuana program status, you should a …

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Big Business Interested in High Profits from Marijuana Industry Growth

These are heady times for the marijuana industry. The air is thick with rumors about a possible re-scheduling of marijuana. The U.S Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) teased the industry with a comment about considering rescheduling in the first hal …

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Medical Marijuana – Healthcare or Wealth-care?

Abuses found in MA medical marijuana prescription process Is medical marijuana a potentially lucrative field? Is there the potential for abuse on the part of both patients and physicians? Gee, do you think? There is no doubt that legal medical marijuan …

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Massachusetts Voters: Ready for Recreational Marijuana?

Don’t light up yet – voters still pondering the issue The question of whether Massachusetts should go beyond its medical marijuana program and legalize recreational marijuana is not an easy one for voters. In many recent polls, voters favored legalizin …

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Marijuana-derived drug passes trial; provides relief from severe form of epilepsy without current treatment; will FDA approve?

For the first time, a marijuana-derived drug easily passed a Phase III trial, significantly reducing the number of seizures that children with a severe form of epilepsy suffered. This means that the drug, Epidiolex, may become the first to win US appro …

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Medical Marijuana Clinics Stumble Despite Growing Demand

There’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip, the old saying goes. In this case, there seems to be considerable slips between the joint and the lip, as Massachusetts’ medical marijuana program seems to be hitting frequent snags. Dispensaries and pati …

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Medical marijuana may reduce opioid deaths

Not just an excuse to get high. Fighting the battle against opioid addiction epidemic with a new tool. In recent years, a new addiction epidemic has taken hold on across the US.  Opioids, prescribed legally if recklessly for chronic pain conditions, ha …

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Demand for Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Soars Higher

As more medical marijuana dispensaries in more Massachusetts locations open, the demand is soaring. The newest dispensary to open is New England Treatment Access, in Northampton. As an example of how much demand is growing, New England Treatment provid …

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Feds to MA Cape Islands: No Toke over this Line; We’d Seize it. No Toke over this Line.

MA Islands Face “Miracle Ounce” Paradox Like the so-called “miracle ounce,” whereby possession of an ounce of marijuana is legal even though it is illegal to buy, sell or grow it, patients on Massachusetts’ islands are free to possess and smoke medical …

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First MA Medical Marijuana Dispensary Can Open and Sell; Testing Standards Temporarily Waived

Three years after voters approved medical marijuana in Massachusetts in 2012, the first dispensary has received approval to open – but only after being granted a temporary waiver from strict and controversial testing guidelines. Massachusetts’ testing …

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Nationwide Cannabis Safety Standards: Unrealistic, Inconsistent, Absent

Confusing, questionable and variable cannabis safety standards threaten medical, recreational marijuana programs. As of 2015, four states in the US allow recreational and medical marijuana use, and another eight states allow medical marijuana for certa …

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4 Easy Steps to Qualify for a Medical Cannabis License

Note: These steps pertain to the state of Massachusetts Only   Step 1. Make an Appointment You must make an appointment with a registered medical marijuana professional.  It is very important to find an experienced, reliable qualifier or your time …

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It’s more than a gut feeling: Marijuana may help with gastrointestinal problems

If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s Disease or other lower-tract problems, medical marijuana may offer significant relief. The ways in which cannabis can be used as medicine are just now being explored. For years, it has been clearly d …

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Recent Medical Marijuana News in Massachusetts

Greenfield, MA will soon be opening its first medical marijuana dispensary in a building which was once a clubhouse for the American Legion. Patriot Care, which will run the dispensary, won state approval last November. Just last week, the Zoning Board …

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Interactive Map on the Changing politics of Marijuana

This interactive map created by the Associated Press shows the changing laws by state that pertain to the criminalization of marijuana, use for medical purposes and legality by state dating back to 1995. Click here to View the Interactive Map >>

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If you don’t know, now you know. Electronic Medical Marijuana Certifications!

If you don’t know, know you know… Moving forward there is a new process in Massachusetts for keeping and obtaining your medial marijuana privileges. Many of you may already now know, but starting February 1st of this year, (Last week if your reading …

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Green Light for MA Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Good News in 2015 for MA Medical Marijuana Patients Maybe Massachusetts made a New Year’s resolution to make progress on the medical marijuana front.  Despite having approved medical marijuana in 2012, two years later, not a single dispensary had earne …

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New Federal Budget means no more Regulation on Medical Marijuana

Thanks to an amendment to the federal spending bill launched into effect on Saturday, December 13, the U.S. Department of Justice will no longer be able to use its funds to prosecute owners of lawful medical marijuana dispensaries. In states that have …

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State of Massachusetts Approvals the First Medical Marijuana Dispensary

The announcement has finally come: Boston’s first medical marijuana dispensary, run by Patriot Care Corporation, will open near Downtown Crossing sometime this winter. Years of delays and postponements, thanks to the exposure of dispensary owners’ dece …

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Medical Marijuana Funds Not Going to Seed

MA DPH takes Medical Marijuana Funds without Growing Marijuana Two years ago, Massachusetts passed a law that allows medical marijuana. It has been a great success – for the MA Department of Health, that is. MassDPH has taken in $3,271,500 in fees from …

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Coming Soon: Massachusetts Medical Marijuana State Registration System.

As of February 1st, 2015, medical marijuana patients in Massachusetts will no longer be able to use paper/written certificates from their doctors to obtain their medication, as they have until now. Massachusetts is rolling out a mandatory registration …

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Massachusetts Delays opening of Marijuana Outlets

Advocates of medical marijuana use in the state of Massachusetts are currently exasperated by the State House’s lack of action in expediting the opening of dispensaries, and are threatening to sue Governor Deval Patrick’s administration. Patients are c …

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Important information posted Dec. 19, 2013 by the MA Department of Public Health

Patients who have a physician’s written certification for the medical use of marijuana will not be required to register with the Department of Public Health (DPH) on January 1, 2014. DPH will not begin registering patients and caregivers until it compl …

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MA medical marijuana patients may now be able to access Maine dispensaries!

Even though MA dispensaries are not currently open, certain Maine dispensaries honor our doctor’s certification, our qualified patients will be able to obtain medical grade marijuana from these Maine dispensaries. Make an appointment today and if you q …

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