Showing posts with label cannabis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cannabis. Show all posts

Friday, May 27, 2022

Showcase Cars Coming to NETA Franklin on Memorial Day Saturday - A Great Photo Opportunity!

What do SHOWCASE CARS and CANNABIS have in common?  See for yourself Memorial Day Saturday!  NETA will host a charity car show ‘Fuel’d Up Franklin’ on Saturday, May 28th in the NETA Franklin store parking lot at 162 Grove St.

The event will be held from 10 AM - 5 PM.  Admission is free.

Everyone must be 21 years or older.  You must show a legal ID to enter.  

NETA is collaborating with “Pull’d Up” a national car show company – the event will benefit the Franklin Food Pantry.  The pantry will have a donation station where you can support their work in the community.

You will see showcase cars including ‘Muscles’ and ‘Exotics’ while you can enjoy the other festivities of the day with:

Local Franklin companies
Food trucks
NETA swag and products
Pax engraver
Adopt a dog program
Live entertainment

Parking is available and police will be on hand to help guide traffic.

We look forward to seeing you there!

NETA always promotes responsible and safe use of cannabis.

Showcase Cars Coming to NETA Franklin on Memorial Day Saturday - A Great Photo Opportunity!
Showcase Cars Coming to NETA Franklin on Memorial Day Saturday - A Great Photo Opportunity!

Saturday, May 21, 2022

MA House passes cannabis legislation, bill now to Conf Cmte to reconcile with MA Senate version

"THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE took a major step Wednesday toward improving equity in the cannabis industry, passing a bill similar to one previously passed by the Senate that would create a new grant and loan fund for diverse entrepreneurs. The bill would better regulate host community agreements and ease the process of getting marijuana-related criminal records expunged. 

Five years after marijuana legislation, Rep. Dan Donahue, House chair of the Committee on Cannabis Policy, said it was time to address some nagging issues. “It is time to revisit the original legislation to provide clarity on the intent of the Legislature and work to ensure we continue to remove barriers to entry to this unique industry for those communities who were disproportionately harmed by the prohibition on marijuana,” he said. "

Continue reading the article online

"The Massachusetts House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve major reforms to the state’s marijuana laws, with legislative leaders saying they were implementing changes long demanded by cannabis businesses, activists, and consumers.

The 153-2 vote in favor of the bill, which largely mirrors legislation approved by the state Senate in April, came on the same day regulators announced that total recreational pot sales in Massachusetts have surpassed $3 billion — underscoring the high stakes of any tweaks to the rules governing the industry.

Among other provisions, the changes would allow cities and towns to opt in to hosting marijuana cafés, steer a significant chunk of state pot tax revenue to so-called equity applicants trying to get their small cannabis businesses off the ground, crack down on controversial local fees charged to marijuana operators while easing their state tax burden, and make it easier for former defendants to wipe away old marijuana charges."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Town of Franklin has multiple host agreements with cannabis firms which may be affected by whatever changes are introduced (finally). The café concept is also interesting and should join the "watch list."
 
MA House passes cannabis legislation, bill now to Conf Cmte to reconcile with MA Senate version
MA House passes cannabis legislation, bill now to Conf Cmte to reconcile with MA Senate version

Saturday, April 16, 2022

NETA’s Countdown to 4/20 begins today!

The Celebration of the Official Cannabis Holiday Begins Today in Franklin

NETA today begins the countdown to the cannabis holiday known as “4/20” at its Franklin store, in the outdoor parking lot, at 162 Grove St.

Everyone must be 21 years or older.  You must show a legal ID to enter.

The event will be held from noon-4p with free parking.

The festivities include:
Food and ice cream trucks
A prize wheel with NETA gifts (hats, pins, lighters)
A “learn how to grow” booth where you can ask NETA cultivators the best tips to home grow
Photo booth to celebrate “4/20”
The NETA team who can answer your questions

We hope you can stop by and say hello.
4/20” dates to the 1970’s in California – to a specific time of day when cannabis was consumed.  The specific time later became the date “4/20” which is now recognized around the country as a day of celebration. 

 

NETA’s Countdown to 4/20 begins today!
NETA’s Countdown to 4/20 begins today! 

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Senate Passes Sweeping Social Equity Cannabis


Senate Passes Sweeping Social Equity Cannabis

Senate Passes Sweeping Social Equity Cannabis Bill

The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday passed S.2801, An Act Relative to Equity in the Cannabis Industry. Through the creation of a new fund that aims to support equity in the cannabis industry and improvements to the local licensing process, the bill levels the industry playing field to help members of communities disproportionately harmed by marijuana prohibition and enforcement take part in the Commonwealth's growing cannabis market.

"I'm proud that when the Senate and the Legislature legalized the commercial marijuana industry in 2017, we prioritized the creation of a first-in-the-nation equity program," said Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). "Unfortunately, many barriers continue to prevent those historically harmed by marijuana prohibition from entering the industry. Today's bill takes important steps to address these by providing resources to support social equity businesses and putting guardrails in place on the Host Community Agreement process. I thank Chair Rodrigues and Senator Chang-Diaz for their work to bring this legislation forward."

"The legislation we passed today builds upon the goals that we have always had for the cannabis industry here in the Commonwealth - protecting consumers, supporting small business, and promoting social equity," said Senator Michael J. Rodrigues, Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. "I want to thank Senate President Spilka for her leadership, along with Senator Chang-Diaz, Senator Cyr, Senator Jehlen and others for advocating to make sure Massachusetts remains a cannabis industry leader. Ultimately, this bill passed by the Senate promotes the continued growth of a competitive and equitable industry here in our state and I hope to see it advance to the Governor's desk very soon."

"Addressing racial justice in our state means getting real about closing our cavernous racial wealth divide," said Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz (D-Boston). "With this bill, Massachusetts will reclaim our leadership role, carving a path to make equity a reality in the cannabis industry. Lowering entry costs and opening up new avenues to capital will put this multi-billion dollar industry within reach for many talented equity entrepreneurs."

"When we passed recreational cannabis legislation five years ago, we sought to ensure the Commonwealth's budding cannabis industry would be equitable, diverse, and have ample avenues of entry for small-scale and Black and Brown-led entrepreneurship," said Assistant Majority Whip Julian Cyr (D-Truro). "Regrettably, the Legislature's intention to build an industry rooted in social justice has not yet been fully realized. Today we are living up to that promise by establishing guardrails on host-community agreements, allowing communities interested in pursuing social consumption sites to do so, and empowering a strong, vibrant, local cannabis industry with a robust cannabis equity fund."

"Limiting the cost of operation is part of promoting social equity and repairing harm to communities harmed by War On Drugs, by lowering one of many barriers to entry with the host community agreement reform in this bill," said Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville). "I hope this new bill is even clearer in stating the intent of the law and the ability of the CCC to achieve the goals of promoting social equity. High costs of cannabis have helped preserve the illicit market for cannabis and this bill will take significant steps to expand business opportunities and lower costs across the commonwealth."

Social Equity Fund

The bill builds upon existing Massachusetts law, which legalized adult-use cannabis and made a first-in-the-nation commitment to equity in the cannabis industry. A combination of high entry costs and lack of access to capital have kept many would-be entrepreneurs from taking part, resulting in fewer than seven percent of cannabis licenses in Massachusetts going to social equity businesses.

Opening an average cannabis retail shop can require $1 to $1.5 million in liquidity, and the numbers are even higher for manufacturing facilities --at around $3-$5 million. Since federal cannabis laws prevent these businesses from accessing traditional bank loans, lack of capital can pose an insurmountable barrier, leaving many entrepreneurs vulnerable to predatory financial deals and damaging equity partnerships. The social equity fund, created by the legislation, would facilitate new access to capital by making grants and loans, including forgivable and no-interest loans, to equity applicants. The fund has the support of the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), whose commissioners voted unanimously to endorse the idea earlier this legislative session. The fund will receive ten percent of annual revenue collected from the marijuana excise tax (an estimated $18 million for FY2023). Massachusetts is poised to join a handful of other states in pioneering this program.

 

Host Community Agreements

The bill also responds to concerns about the process of negotiating Host Community Agreements (HCAs), which have been identified as a key factor in keeping industry entry costs high. The bill re-affirms that fees in HCAs cannot exceed three percent of a cannabis business' annual gross sales and must be reasonably related to the costs associated with hosting a cannabis business in a city or town.

Other components of the bill include:

  • Incentives for municipalities to prioritize equity, through a portion of the marijuana excise tax that is distributed to cities and towns that host social equity marijuana businesses. This is cost-neutral to the consumer.

  • A requirement that the CCC establish rules and regulations for municipalities to promote full participation in the industry by previously harmed communities.

  • Clarifications to the existing law's authorization of social consumption businesses, clearing a path for municipalities to permit on-site cannabis consumption businesses in their city or town via local ordinance as well as local referendum. Currently, many residents, particularly renters and those who live in public housing, do not have a location where they may legally consume cannabis products, even nine years since voters approved medical marijuana and five years since the approval of adult use.

The bill now moves to the Massachusetts House of Representatives for further consideration.


Link to actual legislation -> S.2801, An Act Relative to Equity in the Cannabis Industry
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S2801

Saturday, December 4, 2021

NETA Opens Their 3rd Retail Store in Franklin, MA

New England Treatment Access (NETA) announced today that the cannabis company will be formally opening its 3rd retail store in Franklin, MA on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 8:00 AM. The 10,000 square foot space, which includes retail, warehouse, and offices, is located at 162 Grove St. Franklin is also home to NETA’s cultivation and processing facility and the company’s headquarters, both located on Forge Parkway.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today at noon with local and state officials and the grand opening event will take place on Saturday, December 4th from 11 AM  - 4 PM. We look forward to the Franklin community joining us for our celebration.

NETA has hired more than 60 employees for the new store, which will offer the same high- quality products that the company provides at its other two locations, in Brookline and Northampton. The Franklin store will be open Monday through Saturday 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Sunday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM EDT. The new site provides over 100 parking spaces for patients and customers.

For the first 30 days of operation, it will be reserve ahead only for patients and customers and after that point NETA will offer in-person as well as reserve ahead options.

NETA is a division of the privately held, multi-state cannabis company Parallel and a leading cannabis operator in Massachusetts, being among the first to offer medical and adult-use cannabis to patients and customers in the state.

This announcement follows NETA’s launch of adult use delivery in partnership with Your Green Package, a majority women and Black owned social equity licensee, and is one of the first companies to deliver cannabis in the state.

“We want to thank the Cannabis Control Commission for its continuing support of the cannabis industry. We are thrilled to be able to offer patients and customers in the greater Franklin area easy access to us. We want to thank the Franklin community and its town leaders for welcoming us so warmly,” said Brad Doyle, NETA President. “Route 495 makes it convenient to reach us using either the Route 140 or King Street exits.”

Patients and customers will be able to purchase a variety of premium flower and pre-rolls, edibles, vaporizers, concentrates and more, from an array of Parallel’s top-quality brands.
 
ribbon cutting ceremony
ribbon cutting ceremony



ABOUT NETA
New England Treatment Access (NETA) (www.netacare.org), a division of the privately held, multi-state cannabis company Parallel, is the leading vertically integrated cannabis company in Massachusetts. Founded by industry pioneers whose roots in regulated cannabis date to 2009, NETA's licenses encompass medical and adult-use retail operations in Brookline and Northampton and soon to be opened in Franklin with cultivation and processing facilities also in Franklin. Across the organization, NETA employs 550 individuals and produces more than 435 unique SKUs. NETA conducted the first legal adult use sale of cannabis east of the Mississippi in 2018 and has provided cutting edge therapies and best in class services to our customers in Massachusetts since 2015.

 

Friday, December 3, 2021

Botera Ribbon Cutting officially opens for business on Grove St

Ribbon Cutting for New United Regional Chamber of Commerce Member Botera

Last week, the United Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member, Botera, a recreational cannabis dispensary at 1256 W. Central Street, Suite 6, Franklin https://boterama.com/. The Franklin store is the second Botera; joining the first store, which is at 747 Centre Street in Brockton.

Botera offers high-quality cannabis products in a comfortable, welcoming, and customer-focused atmosphere for adults 21+. The budtenders at Botera will help each visitor to enjoy a personalized cannabis experience. Visitors are assigned a personal budtender who has been trained to answer questions, educate them about Botera's unique products, and provide tailored recommendations based on their needs and anticipated results.


Left to right: State Representative Shawn Dooley; URCC Board Member Charlie Miller of Business Solutions Advisory Group; State Representative Jeff Roy; Jack Patel; Botera owner Chirag Patel; URCC Board Member Zach Patten of Oak Grove Insurance; David Webster, GM of the Franklin Botera store; URCC Board Member Kate Hyde of Springhill Suites by Marriott in Wrentham; Derek Cameron of URCC member 3805 Productions; Franklin Assistant Town Manager Alecia Alleyne; and URCC President Jack Lank.
Left to right: State Representative Shawn Dooley; URCC Board Member Charlie Miller of Business Solutions Advisory Group; State Representative Jeff Roy; Jack Patel; Botera owner Chirag Patel; URCC Board Member Zach Patten of Oak Grove Insurance; David Webster, GM of the Franklin Botera store; URCC Board Member Kate Hyde of Springhill Suites by Marriott in Wrentham; Derek Cameron of URCC member 3805 Productions; Franklin Assistant Town Manager Alecia Alleyne; and URCC President Jack Lank.


Jack Lank, IOM
President & CEO
The United Regional Chamber of Commerce
310 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
Phone:  508-316-0861
www.unitedregionalchamber.org
"People Do Business With People They Know"

Monday, July 5, 2021

SAFE Radio: Marijuana Regulation (audio)

In this episode, Jim Derrick and Dr. Anne Bergen talk about marijuana use disorder, the high amounts of THC in modern marijuana strains, and the bills being prepared to help regulate THC levels in medical marijuana. 


Listen to SAFE Radio at 102.9 or wfpr.fm on Tuesdays at 11 AM, 2 PM, and 8 PM

Subscribe for other episodes via Google Podcast (or your favorite app)


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

MA State News: unemployment insurance bill; cannabis local impact fee questioned

"Lawmakers find common ground on unemployment insurance bill"

"TIME-SENSITIVE LEGISLATION aimed at stabilizing the state’s unemployment system, providing targeted tax relief to employers and workers, and creating a COVID-19 emergency sick leave program requires one final vote in each chamber after the House and Senate reached agreement on the bill’s details Monday.

After hours of talks, lawmakers ironed out differences between the underlying versions of the bill  to produce a compromise without a formal conference committee, teeing up the roughly $351 million bill and its $7 billion borrowing authorization to reach Gov. Charlie Baker as soon as Thursday.

The branches agreed on most aspects of the bill in their respective versions, but took different approaches to tax breaks on unemployment benefits, a commission studying the unemployment system, and length of the special obligation bonds that will be issued to help the state cover massive demands on its benefits system."

"3% cannabis impact fee covers costs that don’t exist"

"IN 2017, Massachusetts lawmakers revised the cannabis legalization ballot measure approved by voters the year before.  They made improvements, such as expanding the Cannabis Control Commission from three members to five, and increasing the local tax option from 2 percent to 3 percent.

They also made mistakes, including mandating host community agreements between municipalities and cannabis operators that allowed towns to collect an additional 3 percent of gross sales.  This stream of funds was meant to offset costs imposed upon the municipality “by the operation of the marijuana establishment.”

After more than two years of legal cannabis sales, it’s hard to make a case that towns have incurred any such costs.  There have been no reported incidents of sales to minors, no reports of increased crime around cannabis stores, no reported increase in cannabis-intoxicated driving arrests, no reported impacts on nearby businesses or neighborhoods, and no reported staffing or budget increases in police, fire, or health departments attributable to cannabis stores."

Continue reading the article online 

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Commonwealth Magazine: T ridership, voc ed admissions, cannabis home delivery

From CommonWealth Magazine we share articles of interest for Franklin: 
 
 "T revising ridership projections downward"

"MBTA OFFICIALS are revising downward their ridership and revenue projections based on scenario planning that envisions telecommuting becoming “standard practice for the foreseeable future.”

State transportations officials on Monday unveiled three ridership scenarios, each with a gradual increase in ridership but different expectations about telecommuting – one with only a slight increase in telecommuting, a second with a higher level of telecommuting, and a third with some travel and business restrictions remaining in place and telecommuting becoming standard practice.

Under all three scenarios, ridership will be lower than forecasted earlier this year. The T had projected fare revenues to reach 60 percent of pre-COVID levels by mid-year 2021. Now that level will not be reached until the beginning of 2022 under the most optimistic scenario with relatively little telecommuting. Under the scenario envisioning telecommuting become standard practice, fare revenue won’t reach 60 percent of pre-COVID levels for the foreseeable future. The high point would be 55 percent in June 2022."

Continue reading the article online
 
"Coalition to press state ed leaders on vocational school admissions"
"A COALITION OF groups pushing for changes to the admissions policies at Massachusetts vocational technical high schools is sounding the alarm on an issue that got sidetracked by the pandemic, calling on state officials to take action on reforms that the organizations say are an urgent matter of social justice and education equity.

Admission procedures at the state’s 37 vocational high schools have become a contentious issue, with municipal leaders and other advocates calling for changes in state regulations that allow the schools to use selective entry standards to enroll students. They say vocational schools, which once provided an alternate pathway for high school students more oriented toward hands-on trades than four-year college, have become the preferred route for higher-achieving college-bound students in some communities. As a result, they say, the schools’ competitive admission systems have locked out lots of minority students, English language learners, and those from lower-income households — the very groups that might benefit the most from a voc-tech education that can put students on track for decent-paying jobs that don’t require a college degree.  "
Continue reading the article online
 
"Marijuana regulators agree to license home delivery"
DESPITE CONCERNS BY marijuana shops, municipal officials, and some lawmakers, Massachusetts marijuana regulators voted Tuesday to go ahead with licensing marijuana delivery companies. But the Cannabis Control Commission did make some changes to limit the size of any one delivery company and avoid market domination.

“I feel very comfortable we can roll this out fairly and safely and equitably,” said Cannabis Control Commission chairman Steven Hoffman.

While the commission must still take a final vote later this month, Cannabis Control Commission executive director Shawn Collins said applications could be available in the first quarter of 2021.
Continue reading the article online
 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Franklin, MA: Board of Health - Agenda - Sep 2 - 5:00 PM

 1) Reading and Acceptance of August 5, 2020 meeting minutes

 2)    OLD BUSINESS
•    Chairman opens the floor for any other old business

3)    NEW BUSINESS
•    Emergency Drive Through Dispensing Site Presentation
•    Penalty Provision
•    Annual Report
•    Arbovirus Update

4)    HEALTH DIRECTOR’S REPORT
•    Chairman opens the floor for any other new business
 
5)    CITIZENS COMMENTARY

6)    ADJOURNMENT
 
Agenda doc online includes the connection information

Franklin, MA: Board of Health - Agenda - Sep 2 - 5:00 PM
Franklin, MA: Board of Health - Agenda - Sep 2 - 5:00 PM


Saturday, July 25, 2020

Talk Franklin: "Mid-summer in Franklin: What's going on and what's coming up!

FM #317 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 317 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares my "Talk Franklin" conversation with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen and Communications Specialist Anne Marie Tracey. We had our conversation via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

We talk about: Current Town News
  • Solar info sessions for NexAmp (Aug 25, Aug 26)
  • Cannabis info session (Aug 6)
  • Hazard mitigation plan (Jul 28)
  • #Think Blue Franklin
  • Spotlight on Senior Center
  • Fire promotions event (Jul 22)
Meetings
  • School committee Jul 28
  • Town Council meeting rescheduled Jul 29
Re-opening
  • Travel executive order just issued
  • Plastic bag prohibition scheduled for Aug 1/ waiver for Nov 1
  • Concerts on the Common tonight
The recording runs about 48 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jamie and Anne Marie.


Audio file link: https://anchor.fm/letstalkfranklin/episodes/Mid-summer-in-Franklin-Whats-going-on-and-whats-coming-up-eh6o27




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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?

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If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!
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Talk Franklin: "Mid-summer in Franklin: What's going on and what's coming up!
Talk Franklin: "Mid-summer in Franklin: What's going on and what's coming up!


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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Community Outreach Hearing: Proposed Marijuana Establishment - Aug 6

Community Outreach Hearing

Subject: Proposed Marijuana Establishment
Date: 8/6/2020
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Zoom Virtual Meeting Web Address: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87564277718
Zoom Access Information Dial in #: 1-929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 875 6427 7718
Zoom meeting instructions: To join the online community outreach meeting enter the above listed web address into the address bar at the top of your internet browser. Then follow the listed instructions on the provided website. Or you can dial in using the phone number and meeting ID provided.

Presentation Information

Presented by: PharmaCannis Massachusetts Inc (dba Verilife)
Proposed address for the retail marijuana establishment: 164 Grove St Franklin, MA 02038
Questions can submitted prior to the hearing by email: MAOutreach@PharmaCann.com
★ There will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions
★ The meeting will be recorded for replay on local cable access or other broadcast means at the host community’s discretion.


For the site plan and application on the Planning Board page
https://www.franklinma.gov/planning-board/pages/164-grove-street

For additional info on the company, visit their web page   https://www.verilife.com/ma

From the Cannabis Control Commission
https://mass-cannabis-control.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/MPL-EXECUTIVE-SUMMARY-PHARMACANNIS-v3.pdf



Note: This had been scheduled previously and is now rescheduled for this date/time
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/07/franklin-residents-community-outreach.html

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Franklin Residents: Community Outreach Hearing - 164 Grove Street - July 16

Community Outreach Hearing - 164 Grove Street
PharmaCannis Massachusetts Inc. (dba Verilife)

Subject: Proposed Marijuana Establishment
Date: 7/16/2020
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Online via Zoom at the following web address https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87564277718

Presented by:​ PharmaCannis Massachusetts Inc. (dba Verilife)
Proposed address for retail establishment:​ 164 Grove St, Franklin MA 02038

There will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions. To join the online community outreach meeting enter the above listed web address into the address bar at the top of your internet browser and follow the listed instructions on the provided website.



For additional info on the company, visit their webpage https://www.verilife.com/ma

From the Cannabis Control Commission
https://mass-cannabis-control.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/MPL-EXECUTIVE-SUMMARY-PHARMACANNIS-v3.pdf

Shared from the Town of Franklin page
https://www.franklinma.gov/legal-notices/agenda/community-outreach-hearing-164-grove-street-0

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

In the News: mental health care reform introduced; Cannabis Control Commission releases tracker

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Each making a deeply personal case for improving access to mental health care, Senate President Karen Spilka and Sen. Julian Cyr helped roll out a significant reform bill Thursday, Feb. 6, that seeks to improve access to care by identifying gaps in the mental health system, enforcing equity laws and requiring insurance coverage for many emergency services.

Spilka, who called the proposal “decades in the making,” shared how her own family struggled with her father’s mental health decline following his service in World War II, and Cyr described the obstacles he has had to overcome as a gay man to get treatment for depression and anxiety.

The state codified “mental health parity” into the law 20 years ago, and yet for close to two decades advocates and legislators have been frustrated by stories of people struggling to gain the same access to mental health care as they can for their physical health. Many patients can’t find providers and don’t know where to look, Cyr said, and if they do find a provider must wait for an appointment and often struggle to afford the care.

“We have laws and we have values that say mental health must be treated the same way physical health is, and yet we don’t do it,” said state Sen. Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, one of the bill’s authors."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20200211/sweeping-mental-health-care-bill-unveiled


"Curious about which towns and cities have banned adult-use marijuana, or where cannabis delivery is allowed?

The Cannabis Control Commission, a five-member board tasked with nearly everything marijuana in Massachusetts, has created a new tracker on its website, in a bid for more transparency.

“By compiling the status of adult-use cannabis across Massachusetts in one central location, the Commission has furthered its commitment to implementing a regulated industry that is transparent and accessible to a wide range of stakeholders,” Commissioner Kay Doyle said, in a press release. “This resource will provide local leaders with a basis to share information around planning and zoning best practices, simplify license applicants’ search for a host municipality, and keep the public up-to-date about the progress of legalization in our state.”

The new tracker is focused on how the state’s 351 cities and towns have zoned marijuana. Visitors to the tracker can see if a community has banned the adult-use sale of the drug, put a cap on the number of licenses allowed in town, whether delivery is allowed, and if the town is one of the state’s pilots for social consumption."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20200210/3-maps-how-massachusetts-communities-are-zoning-for-marijuana

Go directly to the Cannabis Commission page
https://mass-cannabis-control.com/new-municipal-zoning-tracker-increases-insight-into-local-adult-use-cannabis-developments/

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The audio and presentation copy for GTE Franklin LLC Community Forum

The audio and presentation copy for GTE Franklin LLC Community Forum held at the Franklin Senior Center on Thursday, Sep 19, 2019. The event was hosted by the SAFE Coalition.

GTE Franklin LLC is the company with a proposal to sell recreational cannabis from Franklin at a location along RT 140 within the area zoned for recreational sale. The application is working its way through the State Cannabis Control Commission process as well the Franklin Planning Board. 

Jennifer Knight, President of the SAFE Coalition, closes out the session with an invitation to continue the conversation, ask questions, etc. GTE Franklin LLC can be scheduled for another session. The owners are committed to answering the communities questions. Follow up questions can be sent to gtefranklin@gmail.com


The presentation document:



The audio file:

FM #171

This internet radio show or podcast is number 171 in the series for Franklin Matters.

This recording shares the Community Forum hosted by SAFE Coalition at the Franklin Senior Center on Thursday, Sep 19, 2019. Jennifer Knight, President of the SAFE Coalition, closes out the session with an invitation to continue the conversation, ask questions, etc. GTE Franklin LLC can be scheduled for another session.

The presentation document can be found in the show notes.

Without further ado, here is the audio recording including some of the Q&A session following the presentation (approx 1hour and 20 minutes).





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This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but I can't do it alone. I can always use your help.

How can you help?

Overall:
  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors.
  • If you don't like this, please let me know.

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements.
Thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/
If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes = search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

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"By the end of the week, the state will have 28 open recreational marijuana stores"

From the Boston Globe, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Two recreational marijuana shops are opening in Massachusetts this week, adding to the adult-use pot options for consumers in central Massachusetts.

Gage Cannabis Co. in Ayer and Nature’s Remedy of Massachusetts in Millbury each received “commence operations” notices from the state Cannabis Control Commission last week, allowing them to open within three calendar days.

Gage opened Monday, and Nature’s Remedy plans to open Friday.

By the end of the week, the state will have 28 open recreational marijuana stores."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/marijuana/2019/09/23/here-what-know-about-two-pot-shops-opening-mass-this-week/eVl9RjQpMoQPnNW1MSACsL/story.html

The Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) webpage has more info on the application process. The retail operation currently in the application process at the State level and working through the Planning Board for Franklin would be about the 100th by the time it opens.

The CCC has information on the number of applications, by type, by location that you can query  https://opendata.mass-cannabis-control.com/stories/s/Applications-and-Licenses/eteq-dp5h

"By the end of the week, the state will have 28 open recreational marijuana stores"
"By the end of the week, the state will have 28 open recreational marijuana stores"
 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

“As this new industry is established: simpler is better”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"From standardizing community host agreements to allowing porta-potties on outdoor pot farms, speakers at a public hearing Wednesday offered many suggestions on how to tweak regulations governing recreational pot, with particular emphasis on helping small farmers succeed in the nascent industry. 
“There’s no ganja like farm-grown ganja,” said Eric Schwartz, co-founder of Farm Bug Cooperative, a cooperative of farmers which will be applying for a craft marijuana cultivator cooperative license. “I think Massachusetts can be a shining example for the rest of the country in ending the failed marijuana prohibition policy.” 
About 100 people gathered at the Worcester Public Library Wednesday morning for a public hearing on draft regulations governing the adult use of cannabis in the state. The meeting was hosted by members of the Cannabis Control Commission, and was one of several being held throughout the state to solicit feedback on the draft regulations - which oversee everything about the cannabis trade from seed to consumption."

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http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180207/small-farmers-focus-of-pot-hearing

MA Cannabis Control Commission webpage
MA Cannabis Control Commission webpage