Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Most of the 35 articles on the warrant at Town Meeting were approved without much ado.
Town Meeting members voted unanimously to adopt a year-long moratorium on medical marijuana facilities in Danvers without any discussion on the matter Monday night other than a minor tweak in wording, and a number of other significant items for the town were approved in like fashion. One topic that did generate some lengthy discussion was over proposed changes to a bylaw regulating taxicabs in town. Bill Bates wondered why there were such lengthy regulations governing taxi licenses and permits -- he felt it might therefore discourage companies from coming to Danvers. Selectman Bill Clark responded that the issue before Town Meeting was just to try and remove some hardships local taxi companies found with the bylaw, which was enacted …
Monday, May 20, 2013
The Annual Town Meeting is May 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Danvers High School auditorium.
[Editor's Note: The article has been updated to reflect a correction. Due to an editorial error, the breakdown of proposed changes in liability insurance coverage for taxis was incorrectly stated.] In addition to the Fiscal 2014 budget, Town Meeting members will decide a number of other important issues Monday night, including a proposed moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in Danvers, bylaw changes for taxis and moving town elections to Saturday. Town officials are seeking to impose up to a year hiatus on allowing any marijuana treatment centers in town, should any be interested in locating in Danvers, to provide time for a planning process that factors in any issues related to local zoning, land use, public safety or applicable …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
One of the warrant articles Town Meeting members will likely decide in May is whether to place a temporary, one-year ban on medical marijuana dispensaries from opening in Danvers.
Town Meeting members will be asked to consider imposing a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana when they gather for the annual Town Meeting in May. The Salem News reports that Town Counsel drafted the proposed moratorium with input from other town officials, specifically Selectman Dan Bennett, in light of Attorney General Martha Coakley's recent decision to strike down an all out zoning ban on treatment centers in Wakefield. At the same time, Coakley said, towns were within their rights to place moratoriums for a certain time, presumably until regulations were developed by state health officials. The Board of Selectmen endorsed pursuing that measure last week, reports the Salem News, although the board had initially asked town planners…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Danvers Board of Selectmen took its first steps this week in determining how it wants to set up zoning rules to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries.
When the first medical marijuana dispensary opens in Massachusetts in 2014, Danvers wants to be ready. On Tuesday, the Board of Selectmen took its first step toward deciding how it wants to regulate any proposed dispensaries. “I think we can manage it,” Selectman Gardner Trask said. “We can not stop it now; We can put as tight a leash on it as possible.” The dispensaries are coming to the state after voters last month approved Question 3, which will allow for the use of medical marijuana. Up to 35 dispensaries will be allowed in the state, starting in 2014. After more than a half hour of discussion at Town Hall, the board asked Town Manager Wayne Marquis to have town planning staff develop a definition of a dispensary that would be …
Friday, November 9, 2012
The medical marijuana ballot initiative passed on Tuesday, which means up to 35 medical marijuana dispensaries can open in 2013. Would you be OK with having one in town?
Medical marijuana is coming to Massachusetts. The question is: where? The medical marijana ballot initiative that passed in Tuesdays election with 63 percent voter approval means that up to 35 medical marijuana dispensaries can open up in the state in 2013. The new law goes into effect January 1, but requires rules and regulations be set up by the Department of Public Health. Some towns and cities, such as Quincy, reportedly are already trying to line up regulations that would keep dispensaries out of their municipalities, which have proved troublesome in some of the nine states where medical marijuana dispensaries have been legal. What do you think? Is this a classic case of NIMBY (fine, but Not In My Back Yard)? Or do medical marijuana…
Monday, November 5, 2012
Find out what a yes or no vote on Question 3 will mean on Tuesday's ballot.
On Tuesday, Massachusetts voters will be asked to vote on three questions along with the state and federal political races. Question 3 is regarding the legalization of medical marijuana. "This proposed law would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients. To qualify, a patient must have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition," the Massachusetts Secretary of State's website says. Question 3 is the final question on the second page of the two page ballot in Danvers. According to the website a "yes" vote would allow for patients to smoke marijuana if it is prescribed by a doctor. A "no" vote would make no change to the current law and keep the practice illegal.
Friday, September 28, 2012
The governor, during a live chat on Danvers Patch, expressed skepticism about the legalization of medical marijuana, though he sympathized with patients in pain.
Governor Deval Patrick said he would likely vote no on Question Three this fall. During a Thursday live chat on Danvers Patch, a reader asked Patrick how he would vote on the ballot question and whether the governor was for or against the legalization of cannabis. "I am not too energized on this issue, personally. California's experience has been mixed. I will probably vote against it. I respect the opposing view, though, especially those whose concern is for people in constant pain," wrote the governor in response. Proponents say medical marijuana will help ease the pain and suffering of cancer patients and other eligible residents. Opponents, meanwhile, say the law is a back door to full legalization, and that medical marijuana can be …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Question 3 on the Nov. ballot will ask about legalizing medical marijuana.
This November voters will be able to cast a vote for or against legalizing medical marijuana in the Commonwealth. According to WBUR, proponents have formed the Committee For Compassionate Medicine (Subtitle: ‘Yes’ for Massachusetts Patients). The opponents are at MaVoteNoOnQuestion3.com. Question 3 on the ballot reads: “A yes vote would enact the proposed law eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana, allowing patients meeting certain conditions to obtain marijuana produced and distributed by new state-regulated centers, or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their own use.” So we want to know: Are you for or against bring medical marijuana to the state?