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Opinion

January 7, 2013

Legislature should put priority on fixing new marijuana law

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It seems that the ideal medical marijuana “dispensaries” would be existing pharmacies, given that they already have security systems in place for dispensing and controlling all sorts of prescriptions as it is. But do the pharmaceutical shops want that responsibility? Should cities and towns set up specific zoning geared toward pot dispensaries? Should the state hold the licensing cards when it comes to siting and regulating such shops?

All of those are valid questions that need answers before this new voter-approved law can truly be implemented. And voters who so loudly gave it their approval should not be put on hold by lawmakers they also chose to carry out their wishes.

Too often, Massachusetts legislators have hemmed and hawed over implementing laws passed by voters through the initiative petition process. While this bill includes provisions that allow the Legislature to set the ground rules for giving patients access to marijuana, legislators should not use that power to delay the law’s implementation.

The new Legislature should put this law in the fast track — starting today.

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