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10:16 AM - Nov 19, 2017 #401

Thong Extractor wrote: The best comment - personal use ok but not sales. So where would one get a couple tasty buds?
Parents think nothing of leaving a liquor cabinet or shelf unlocked full of booze that could actually kill a child but they're worried that they might leave out some gummy bears that a kid could grab?
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12:58 PM - Nov 19, 2017 #402

I'm amazed that even though pot has been around for so long and so many have tried it, that there is still such a reefer madness mentality that seems to be in the majority. 
You think you know it, but you haven't got a clue!!
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11:50 AM - Nov 20, 2017 #403

From your lips, etc., etc. Night.

As I said earlier, they are predominantly reactionaries who are trying desperately to keep control of a society and culture that are evolving beyond their comprehension. And the terminally clueless.
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8:01 PM - Dec 08, 2017 #404

I'm surprised Massachusetts hasn't tried to pull this shit. Anytime the Government calls for gun confiscation, people need to pay attention.

http://reason.com/blog/2017/11/29/hawai ... tion-of-al

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/3696 ... un-for-now
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4:33 PM - Dec 12, 2017 #405

Maybe they can fill some of those empty storefronts at Gloucester Crossing, lol.

With New Cannabis Cafes, You Can Smoke 'Em Where You Bought 'Em

"The state agency responsible for regulating legalized marijuana approved a policy on Monday that will allow for such establishments, so-called "cannabis cafes," to open — where one can buy a cannabis product and then legally consume it on the premises, just like buying a drink at a bar ... "

"Cannabis cafes aren't the only types of businesses to be licensed. For example, spas will be able to apply for a license so that a massage therapist can offer cannabanoid infused lotions as part of treatment."

http://www.wbur.org/news/2017/12/12/cannabis-cafes
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9:44 PM - Dec 28, 2017 #406

Another bullshit editorial by the Gloucester Daily Times, full of inaccuracies. What a surprise! I'm finally cancelling my subscription.
http://www.gloucestertimes.com/opinion/ ... e1c7c.html

"When nearly 54 percent of voters last year agreed to the sale and use of recreational marijuana, could they possibly have been thinking of the cannabis version of the Wells Fargo Wagon a-coming to bring pounds of weed?"

Pounds of weed? Where the heck are they getting their information from?

As for the cannabis cafes also allowed under the new law and the committee’s rules, Jim Borghesani, head of the Marijuana Policy Project, has called concerns about them unfounded
"It’s no different than a bar or restaurant that serves alcohol,” he told Statehouse reporter Christian Wade, describing the pot cafes potentially coming to a corner near you. “I think there will be a lot of interest in it from many communities.”

Correct!

It remains unclear of those cafes will allow smoking, especially considering limits already in place on tobacco smoking, or if they’ll be limited to marijuana only in edible forms. Either way, it’s hard to imagine much enthusiasm for a local pot cafe outside of the state’s urban centers.

Of course smoking will be permitted in a Pot Bar since it doesn't fall under the tobacco ban. Ever here of a Cigar Bar or a Hookah Bar? They are very popular and isn't a Cigar Bar being proposed for Gloucester as well?? Not really sure why he thinks there won't be any interest in this outside of an "urban center".

Deliveries are a different thing altogether. They’ll give pot users a convenience not now available to most drinkers — doorstep service.

Massachusetts actually allows for the direct shipment of beer and wine.......

The passage and implementation of legal marijuana in Massachusetts has been a farce from the beginning, as if Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong got together on an episode of “The West Wing."

Cheech & Chong, really? It's 2018 for Christ sake. Do most young people even know who Cheech & Chong are?

Now, as the state focuses on the more granular aspects of regulation, its Cannabis Control Commission seems intent on rushing past the legalization of this drug — still on the federal government’s watch list of banned substances, mind you — and into the realm of legitimizing it. Which is exactly what happens when the weed delivery driver — will they have lights atop of their cars, like the pizza people?  — turn up at your door.

Face palm! The idiot who wrote these needs to research why pot was made illegal in the first place. Delivery will be discreet and safe.

It’s not too late to stub out this idea. The proposed rules will be subjected to months of hearings in this interminable process. Marijuana possession was legal last year, but we’re not due to see legal sales for another six months.

The people of Massachusetts have spoken. Stop whittling down what we voted for!
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8:57 AM - Dec 31, 2017 #407

I have never read such alarmist horsesh*t in a long time. 'Reefer Madness', anyone?  Similarly, the uninformed rubbish about "home delivery of $3,000 worth of recreational pot" from another reader.

Back to the '50s with them, both.
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11:37 AM - Jan 04, 2018 #408

Keebler Elf General Jeff Sessions is expected to roll back Obama-era policy on Pot legalization.

"Sessions is expected to announce that he will rescind that memo and instead leave it to U.S. attorneys in states where the drug is legal to decide to what extent they will enforce federal laws."

A step back in the wrong direction! It makes for uncertain future, but I'm sure there will be a lot of pressure on the US Attorneys to let things be.
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12:50 PM - Jan 04, 2018 #409

We are debating nuclear war and our leaders are zeroing in on this pot problem?
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?...   ..........
 George Orwell , 1984
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1:19 PM - Jan 04, 2018 #410

Damon wrote: We are debating nuclear war and our leaders are zeroing in on this pot problem?
Trump hates excessive rules and regulations. I don't think he's going to be happy about this. Although he is obsessed with undoing almost every Obama action, so I'm actually not really sure.

EDIT: I've been scrolling through Twitter on this snowy day and the backlash from Politicians on both sides of he aisle is reassuring. Massachusetts Officials plan too move forward with legal sales. No word yet from Massachusetts US Attorney Andrew Yelling.
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6:02 PM - Jan 08, 2018 #411

MONDAY, JAN. 8, 2018 

LELLING NOT RULING OUT PROSECUTING STATE-SANCTIONED POT BUSINESSES

[Story Developing] Responding to calls from marijuana activists to clarify how he will enforce the federal prohibition on marijuana in a state that has legalized the drug, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said Monday he cannot and will not rule out prosecuting state-sanctioned marijuana businesses.

"I understand that there are people and groups looking for additional guidance from this office about its approach to enforcing federal laws criminalizing marijuana cultivation and trafficking," Lelling said in a statement Monday afternoon, after the Marijuana Policy Project and others pressed him to provide clarity. "I cannot, however, provide assurances that certain categories of participants in the state-level marijuana trade will be immune from federal prosecution."

http://www.statehousenews.com/?login=ye ... ect=201842
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12:10 PM - Jan 23, 2018 #412

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12:13 PM - Jan 23, 2018 #413

Awesome!  Center Street is becoming quite a happening place.
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8:34 AM - Jan 24, 2018 #414

Cathy (Admin) wrote: MONDAY, JAN. 8, 2018 

LELLING NOT RULING OUT PROSECUTING STATE-SANCTIONED POT BUSINESSES

[Story Developing] Responding to calls from marijuana activists to clarify how he will enforce the federal prohibition on marijuana in a state that has legalized the drug, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said Monday he cannot and will not rule out prosecuting state-sanctioned marijuana businesses.

"I understand that there are people and groups looking for additional guidance from this office about its approach to enforcing federal laws criminalizing marijuana cultivation and trafficking," Lelling said in a statement Monday afternoon, after the Marijuana Policy Project and others pressed him to provide clarity. "I cannot, however, provide assurances that certain categories of participants in the state-level marijuana trade will be immune from federal prosecution."

http://www.statehousenews.com/?login=ye ... ect=201842
Can this fine Federal Administration at least make the trains run on time?!
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8:59 PM - Feb 01, 2018 #415

Rockport may vote on pot shops


http://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/loc ... 60248.html

This will probably no go well. Rockport only passed by 374 votes and we all know how many people in this town are
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9:03 PM - Feb 01, 2018 #416

If anyone wants to weigh in on whether Gloucester goes to the ballot for this...this is from City Councilor Val Gilman's Ward 4 page...

"For parents of school age children.. Middle and High School kids are vaping pot in school bathrooms and social events throughout the commonwealth.

Parents have no clue that their kids are vaping and can’t smell this method of marijuana consumption. Some of these synthetic marijuana oils, in flavors such as bubblegum and cotton candy, are creating psychotic reactions as well as burns due to purchasing defective charging devices.

As our city’s recreational retail marijuana task force awaits the final regulations from our Cannabis Control Commission on 3/15/18, the City Council will be referring the topic of zoning to Planning Board and P and D as well as discussing how many retail shops we wish to have in Gloucester.
Please know that the Council has already permitted a medicinal marijuana dispensary for those who have medical cards and medical needs. Happy Valley is being built on Great Republic Drive in the Blackburn Industrial Park.

Any thing less than 4 Recreational Marijuana retail shops require a special election or referendum vote in November 2018. Our city’s zoning moratorium is in effect until 12/30/18.
As a former School Committee member and current Ward Councilor, I worry about our kids driving under the influence of pot. There is no evidence based DUI test for driving under the influence of pot. Many new drivers think driving stoned is safer than driving under the influence of alcohol because it is more difficult to prove. Gloucester will need to train 12 Officers to be Drug Recognition Experts to the tune of 120k a year. This is an unfunded mandate.
Pot remains illegal for those under 21.

What are your thoughts parents and grandparents?
Join me at the CCC public hearing on 2/8/18 from 2 to 5:00 pm at North Shore Community College 1 Ferncroft Street in the Math/Science Building Room 119 and share your concerns about the need to educate parents and youth about the dangers of vaping and THC. Send a letter if you can’t attend. https://www.mass.gov/orgs/Cannabis-control-commission

Locally, let your City Councilors know if you support retail recreational marijuana shops in Gloucester and how many is reasonable. Zoning will be our next step.

We value your opinions pro and con. Send an email to our City Clerk Joanne Senos at jsenos@gloucester-ma.gov. She will forward to the City Council members.

I am a member of the city’s Recreational Marijuana Task Force and you can email me as well, vgilman@gloucester-ma.gov .
Thanks for your input."
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9:28 PM - Feb 01, 2018 #417

Karly, it baffles me that someone can be allowed to send out a letter like this, with so much misinformation and fear mongering. First of all, even though vaping cannabis doesn't smell as strong as a joint, it still stinks! I would know, I have one in my hand right now.

Second, synthetic cannabis oil? Synthetic cannabis isn't cannabis and has nothing to do with Question 4. And yes, it's some dangerous shit. It's basically research chemicals sprayed on legal herbs. Maybe she's confusing it with E-Cigs?

Third, cannabis doesn't cause psychotic reactions in healthy individuals, however It can effect people with an undiagnosed mental illness such as schizophrenia. People will certain mental health issues should probably avoid cannabis, just like someone with anger issues should avoid alcohol.

Fourth, she's worried about the children? Well, banning these shops will enable the black market to thrive. If we have Pot Shops that charge a fair price and tax it appropriately, the dealers will suffer.

Lastly, it's impossible to totally stop children from experimenting with alcohol, pot and tobacco, no matter the laws. So how about we focus on educating them of the consequences instead of punishing law abiding adults?
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9:35 PM - Feb 01, 2018 #418

Yeah...I really like Val but we are on very different pages on this topic. She does seem open to hearing all points of view though and that is her style so please contact her with thoughts and information everyone...Email provided in previous post.
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9:47 PM - Feb 01, 2018 #419

Also...an email sent to city clerk jsenos@gloucester-ma.gov will go to all 9 councilors so that is the best way to get your thoughts to all at once.
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9:01 AM - Feb 02, 2018 #420

the reefer madness continues 
You think you know it, but you haven't got a clue!!
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