Showing posts with label marijuana. Show all posts
Showing posts with label marijuana. Show all posts

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, 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"

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Via CommonWealth Magazine: Franklin farm ready to benefit on one change, MetroWest commuters on another

"Rule change paves way for smokeable hemp" and Franklin farm ready to benefit

"FOR THE LAST four years, Linda Noel has planted and cultivated hemp, but the Franklin farmer has never been able to sell it because of strict regulations governing how her crop can be used. 

Now that’s about to change, as the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources published a new rule Monday night allowing the state’s hemp farmers to sell the flower of the plant to legal marijuana dispensaries, which can package it into smoking products. It opens a vast new market for hemp farmers by legalizing the sale of the most profitable product to come out of the hemp plant – smokeable flower. 

Hemp is a kind of cannabis plant, but unlike marijuana, it cannot get a person high. Hemp tends to be rich in CBD, which is thought to have therapeutic qualities, but does not have a significant amount of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana."

Continue reading the article online 

Visit Terrapin Farm on the web at -> https://terrapin.farm/

David Kashuba and KP Owens work harvesting hemp at Terrapin Farm in Franklin. (Courtesy Linda Noel)
David Kashuba and KP Owens work harvesting hemp at Terrapin Farm in Franklin. (Courtesy Linda Noel)


"Spilka scores victory on I-90 Allston project" and MetroWest commuters can benefit

"SENATE PRESIDENT Karen Spilka took a tour several weeks ago of the aging transportation infrastructure the state is looking to replace in the Allston area.

She walked underneath the badly deteriorated elevated section of the Massachusetts Turnpike. She inspected the commuter rail tracks and Soldiers Field Road and got a sense of how much stuff the state was trying to cram into a narrow section of land between Boston University and the Charles River that has come to be known as the throat.

“You see firsthand how tight it is,” Spilka said.

At the time of the tour, hosted by Transportation Secretary Jamey Tesler, the Baker administration had not made any decision about how to replace all those roads and tracks. At the conclusion of the tour, Spilka remembers being a bit agnostic on what repair approach should be adopted. “I’m not an engineer,” she said."

Continue reading the article online 

Direct link to the MassDOT Alston project -> https://www.mass.gov/allston-multimodal-project

Picture shows elevated Massachusetts Turnpike between BU and Charles River with Soldiers Field Road at grade.
Picture shows elevated Massachusetts Turnpike between BU and Charles River with Soldiers Field Road at grade. (via Commonwealth Magazine)

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)


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/

Friday, December 13, 2019

In the News: new 3-digit number suicide hotline; some marijuana vaping products back on sale

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Federal regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. 
Once it’s implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help, similar to calling 911 for emergencies or 311 for city services. Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit number, 800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are routed to one of 163 crisis centers, where counselors answered 2.2 million calls last year. 
A law last year required the Federal Communications Commission to study assigning a three-digit number for suicide prevention. The FCC said in a report that there is overwhelming support for a three-digit number because it would be easier for distressed people to get help. 
Thursday’s vote starts the months-long process to make that happen. The next step is a comment period before the FCC moves to an order."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20191212/house-senate-agree-on-541m-surplus-spending-bill


"State marijuana regulators on Thursday eased their ban on vaping product sales, allowing certain types of products to return to store shelves one day after state public health officials backed off a ban on nicotine vape sales. 
As of 2 p.m. Thursday, the Cannabis Control Commission permitted licensed marijuana retailers to sell devices that vaporize marijuana flower for medical marijuana patients and non-medical users, devices that are used to vaporize marijuana concentrate but do not actually contain any marijuana themselves, and vaporizer cartridges that are manufactured beginning Thursday and pass a screening for contaminants like vitamin E acetate. 
Still off-limits are any vaping products manufactured before Thursday that contain marijuana, meaning retailers cannot sell any vape cartridges that they have been holding in quarantine. 
Marijuana vaping products have been unavailable to consumers since September, when Gov. Charlie Baker imposed a temporary ban on the sale of any vaping product amid a national outbreak of vaping-related lung disease, including three deaths in Massachusetts. When a judge ruled the CCC is the only agency that can regulate marijuana vapes, the CCC put in place an indefinite quarantine of all vaping products."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20191212/marijuana-vape-sales-can-resume-ccc-declares

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Franklin’s first marijuana dispensary expected to open soon

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The town’s first recreational marijuana dispensary has been given the green light to begin operations, although it’s unclear when its doors will open. 
Proponents of the retail establishment at 1256 West Central St. - GTE Franklin, LLC - had their proposal approved for the project by the Planning Board on Sept. 23, said Town Planner Amy Love. The shop will be located within an industrial site in the town’s Marijuana Overlay District, next door to a Milford Regional Medical Center office. 
Other shops with signs on-site include Franklin Yoga & Wellness, William Raveis Real Estate and Forge Auto Works."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20191124/franklins-first-marijuana-dispensary-expected-to-open-soon

The Planning Board site plan documents
https://www.franklinma.gov/planning-board/pages/1256-west-central-st-marijuana

The community meeting held in September by GTE Franklin, LLC and facilitated by the SAFE Coalition presentation document and audio recording is available
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/09/the-audio-and-presentation-copy-for-gte.html



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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"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"
 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Marijuana dispensary: Information meeting at Senior Center, Sep 19

Via the SAFE Coalition:
"Many of you have reached out with questions regarding the proposed dispensary in Franklin. We thank ALL of you for writing, calling, and meeting with us. Your voices have been heard and GTE Franklin, LLC will be holding an informational community meeting this Thursday 9/19/2019, 6:30 PM at the Franklin Senior Center. We invite all community members to visit with the owners and ask your questions."




Marijuana dispensary: Information meeting at Senior Center, Sep 19
Marijuana dispensary: Information meeting at Senior Center, Sep 19

Friday, September 6, 2019

In the News: Planning Board to hear retail marijuana proposal

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Planners are scheduled next week to resume consideration of the retail marijuana dispensary proposed for an industrially-zoned site at the northwest side of Forge Hill.

The Planning Board in August began discussing traffic issues related to the shop, Town Planner Amy Love indicated in an email. The hearing was continued to Monday. The board had previously ordered an independent traffic study to be done.

Proponents of the shop, GTE Franklin, LLC shared plans for the venture with the Planning Board at an initial hearing in mid-June, which drew a sizable crowd. Many have spoken up against the proposal, though there have also been voices raised in support.

The proposal is for an facility that would operate by appointment only, starting with a maximum of 40 visitors allowed within an hour."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190905/franklin-planners-to-continue-review-of-retail-marijuana-shop

The Planning Board documents for this proposal can be found on the Town of Franklin page
https://www.franklinma.gov/planning-board/pages/1256-west-central-st-marijuana

last page of the site plan revised showing the building and parking layout on the property
last page of the site plan revised showing the building and parking layout on the property

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

“There’s a lot of things to consider here”

Via Wicked Local, we share their recap of the retail marijuana hearing at the Planning Board meeting held on Monday, June 17. The hearing continues July 22. There is not yet a timeline for when a decision would be made.

"A retail marijuana dispensary proposed for an industrially-zoned site at the northwest side of Forge Hill would be open by appointment only, starting with a maximum of 40 visitors allowed within an hour. 
The site would also include 24-hour interior and exterior surveillance, with ID check-in and check-out, ample parking above and beyond the minimum required by the town, and no sign. 
Proponents of the shop, GTE Franklin, LLC shared these plans for the venture with the Planning Board at an initial hearing on Monday, which drew a sizable crowd. Many were there to speak against the proposal, though there were also voices raised in support. 
For the Planning Board, it is the start of the members’ first foray into considering a marijuana-related business that will be open to the public."

Continue reading the article
https://franklin.wickedlocal.com/news/20190618/retail-marijuana-talks-begin-in-franklin


Saturday, June 15, 2019

In the News: Franklin mulling retail marijuana shop, breweries

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"A retail marijuana store is on the agenda for consideration by the Planning Board next week, along with two proposed breweries. 
The board will hold public hearings on each proposal on Monday in the Town Council chambers at the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central St. 
The hearing on the first brewery convenes at 7:05 p.m., followed by the second brewery at 7:10 p.m., and a hearing on the retail marijuana shop at 7:20 p.m. 
“This is our first retail marijuana (proposal),” Town Planner Amy Love said, noting the proposal is for a 5,000-square-foot facility at 1256 West Central St. “It’s in a marijuana overlay district.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190614/franklin-mulling-retail-marijuana-shop-breweries

The public hearing notifications were posted here
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/06/public-hearings-planning-board-june-17.html

The complete Planning Board agenda can be found on the Town of Franklin page
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/agendas/june_17_2019.pdf

As Built Brewing (Facebook image)
As Built Brewing (Facebook image)

In the News: Massachusetts Walking Tour; marijuana cultivation facility changes ownership

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

Massachusetts Walking Tour - Ten Mile River Watershed
"The Massachusetts Walking Tour -- this year highlighting the local area’s Ten Mile River Watershed -- runs June 17 through 29. All on foot, the traveling musicians give a free concert in each community they stop at and host daily community hikes to bring awareness to local natural resources. In each town, they invite local performers to share the stage with them, promoting local arts and culture in the process. 
Like traveling minstrels of old, songwriters Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are getting ready to pack up their instruments and other gear and take their show on the road. 
The pair is marking the 10th year of their Massachusetts Walking Tour - this year highlighting the region’s Ten Mile River Watershed."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190613/traveling-musical-concert-highlights-local-arts-trails

Visit the Mass Walking Tour page for details on the route and concert schedule
http://masswalkingtour.org/2019-tour/

Massachusetts Walking Tour - 2019
Massachusetts Walking Tour - 2019


marijuana cultivation facility changes ownership
"The Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday approved the sale of New England Treatment Access, which operates a marijuana cultivation facility in Franklin, but not before commissioners raised concerns about the buyer’s track record in Florida. 
The vote was unanimous in favor of the sale to Georgia-based Surterra Wellness, led by the former head of the Wrigley chewing gum empire William “Beau” Wrigley Jr., but commissioners added conditions to require Surterra to submit plans to comply with Massachusetts regulations around edible products, advertising and marketing. 
Those conditions, requested by Commissioner Kay Doyle, stemmed from reports that a Surterra facility that processes marijuana products was shut down for having not completed a food safety inspection and that the company violated Florida restrictions around advertising and marketing of medical marijuana products."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190614/operator-of-franklin-marijuana-facility-to-be-sold

Thursday, May 16, 2019

In the News: Social consumption pilot possible; self driving shuttle in Providence

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

Social consumption pilot possible
"As state regulators prepare to discuss and possibly vote on a policy to allow marijuana use in certain public social settings, Gov. Charlie Baker indicated Monday he could be open to a pilot program for things like pot cafes and lounges. 
The Cannabis Control Commission is expected to have a “policy discussion” on Thursday about social consumption, or a policy that would allow adults to use marijuana in some form in a social setting. The commission initially drafted regulations to allow so-called social consumption but put the issues on the back burner after pushback last year from Baker. 
“It’s not up to me, it’s up to the CCC,” Baker said Monday when asked about the policy the CCC plans to discuss Thursday. “What I’ve said many times about most of the issues associated with the rollout of recreational marijuana, is it’s really important that they, the CCC, understand what they’re doing and why they’re doing it as they make these decisions.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190514/social-consumpton-pilot-for-marijuana-would-make-lot-of-sense-says-gov-baker

self driving shuttle in Providence
"Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza rode in a self-driving car for the first time Tuesday when they inaugurated the state’s autonomous vehicle pilot program. 
They circled the State House without incident and declared Rhode Island a leader in transportation technology. 
Raimondo “got a little nervous” when the vehicle attendant took his hands off the controls, she said after stepping out of the shuttle on Smith Street. “But after a couple minutes it felt great. It felt safe and smooth. ... It swerved around the curb that juts out. It stopped at a red light, took a left when it needed to.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190514/ri-state-leaders-get-first-ride-on-providence-self-driving-shuttle-service

Sunday, November 25, 2018

In the News: marijuana not on campus; digital drivers licenses coming

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Marijuana is a big part of campus life, but it’s still not welcome. 
Massachusetts colleges and universities prohibit marijuana on campus across the state, despite voters approving recreational marijuana more than two years ago.
The reasons to ban it vary, but schools by and large invoke federal law and landlord status to make sure the drug – ever popular among college students – is not allowed.
 
“Colleges have landlord privilege and Massachusetts law says any landlord can ban marijuana from its facilities,” explained Jim Borghesani, who worked on the campaign to legalize recreational marijuana."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181124/marijuana-is-still-not-welcome-on-college-campuses

https://mass-cannabis-control.com/
https://mass-cannabis-control.com/

"Millions of people may be able to show their smartphones rather than a plastic card to prove they’re legit to drive, vote or buy a beer in coming years. 
Louisiana in July became the first state to make digital licenses available to anyone who wants them, and at least 14 other states either have developed a program, run a pilot or are studying the possibility, according to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. 
Seventy-seven percent of American adults already own a smartphone, including 94 percent of adults under 30, and many state motor vehicle officials think residents will appreciate the convenience of having their driver’s license available in an app."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/zz/news/20181124/could-plastic-drivers-licenses-become-thing-of-past


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Public Hearing: Marijuana Cultivation and Product Manufacturing and Research Facility Use - Oct 29

FRANKLIN PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

In accordance with the Town of Franklin Zoning By-Laws, the Franklin Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 7:05 PM in the Town Council Chambers of the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street, for a Special Permit and Site Plan application titled "Site Plan for Commercial Building 4 Liberty Way in Franklin Massachusetts" and submitted to the Franklin Department of Planning and Community Development on October 9, 2018 by 19th Fairway Development Inc., 42 Adin Street, Hopedale, MA.

The site is located at 4 Liberty Way in the Industrial Zoning District-Marijuana Use Overlay District (Assessors Map 329, Lot 002). The purpose of the Site Plan and Special Permit is to construct a 35,000 +/- commercial building for Marijuana Cultivation and Product Manufacturing and Research Facility Use.

Copies of the plan and supporting documentation may be reviewed in the Department of Planning and Community Development during regular office hours.

Please note: This will be your only written notice of this public hearing. Should the Planning Board vote to continue this Public Hearing, the date and time will be posted on the Planning Board's website under Agendas.

Please contact the Department of Planning and Community Development at (508) 520-4907 if you require further information or if you need to make arrangements to provide translation services for the hearing impaired, or for persons with language barriers.

Anthony Padula, Chairman


This was shared from the Town of Franklin page
http://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/agendas/4_liberty_public_hearing_notice.pdf


Public Hearing: Marijuana Cultivation and Product Manufacturing and Research Facility Use - Oct 29
Public Hearing: Marijuana Cultivation and Product
Manufacturing and Research Facility Use - Oct 29

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

In the News: walkway ground breaking held; dispensary bans reversed

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

"With the outline of the future Veteran’s Memorial Pathway painted in white on the Town Common, an official groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday. 
Residents as well as town and state officials gathered on the misty morning to witness and take part in the official start of construction. With more than 800 bricks engraved with the names of veterans far and wide, the pathway is already taking shape. 
The project started about three years ago when a discussion began on how to revitalize the names of the veterans that adorn memorial street signs across town. 
“The idea and outcome of that meeting was a genesis that is now culminating in the construction of the Veteran’s Memorial Walkway,” Franklin Veteran Service Officer Dale Kurtz said."

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"the outline of the future Veteran’s Memorial Pathway painted in white on the Town Common"
"the outline of the future Veteran’s Memorial Pathway painted in white on the Town Common"


"Six days after confirming approval of medical marijuana dispensary bans in Northborough and Bellingham, Attorney General Maura Healey’s office reversed its decision. 
In article on Aug. 25 Telegram and Gazette, a sister paper of the Daily News article, a spokesperson for the AG’s office confirmed that the office in June approved bylaws passed in the two towns that ban medical marijuana dispensaries. The 2012 Medical Marijuana law originally prohibited any municipality from banning medical marijuana dispensaries. An AG spokeswoman said at the time the approval was based on Section 56 (subsection d) of Chapter 55 Acts of 2017. 
But after being contacted by the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance and others with questions about the Telegram and Gazette story, officials in the AG’s office said they revisited the earlier decisions and the law and determined an error had been made - municipalities are not allowed to ban medical marijuana establishments."

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Friday, August 10, 2018

In the News: St Rocco's final time; MA worker fired for marijuana use

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

"In the office tucked into a corner of the barn on the grounds of the old St. Mary’s School convent - headquarters for Franklin’s Feast of St. Rocco for the past 40 years - it seemed like nothing had changed. 
There was the usual coming and going - volunteers looking for a roll of yellow barrier tape, a screwdriver, some bottles of water. 
And there was the usual teasing among the Feast’s co-chairmen: Peter Brunelli, Mickey DeGrazia, Tom Olsen and Frank Fiorillo.
It had been this way for decades. And it felt the same this year as it always had in the days before the Feast of St. Rocco gets underway."

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40th Feast of St. Rocco - August 10, 2018
40th Feast of St. Rocco - August 10, 2018
"Bernadette Coughlin hopes she is the last person in Massachusetts to be fired for having a toke of pot at home off work hours. 
The 55-year-old former patient services manager at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen visited the Statehouse with her lawyer on Tuesday, hoping to drum up support for some type of legislation that would limit employers from keeping their employees away from marijuana when they’re not on the job. 
In late May, Coughlin slipped on a kitchen floor at work and broke her left wrist and elbow, which several days later triggered a drug test - which she said her former employer, the food services company Sodexo, requires after at-work injuries. 
Coughlin’s test was positive for marijuana, which is not surprising because the Methuen resident said she used pot about a couple times a week."

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