The Boston Globe Reported That Springfield, Ma Had Even Negotiated A $50,000 Annual Donation To Their Police Department From A Medical Marijuana Operator.

The losers and even the winners of medical cannabis permits in New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York have gone through some very public lawsuits . Some towns in Massachusetts were found to be running a nice little side game, charging hundreds of thousands of dollars to potential medical cannabis operators. The cash was in exchange for letters of support needed for their applications. The Boston Globe reported Green Rush that Springfield, Ma had even negotiated a $50,000 annual donation to their police department from a medical marijuana operator. More to the point, all this zoning seems premature. Language in the Pennsylvania law essentially says once permits for medical cannabis cultivation, dispensing and laboratory sites are issued that the towns can’t prevent them from opening. This was an intentional provision. Local zoning boards in other states often prohibited state-approved medical marijuana facilities by creating overly burdensome zoning. Other towns passed outright bans. Pennsylvania’s law already includes basic zoning rules, including a 1,000-foot setback from schools and daycare centers.

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