Tufts Daily, 28 Nov 2012 - This month's election saw 63 percent of Massachusetts voters approve Question 3, legalizing the use of medical marijuana in the Commonwealth. A number of municipalities in the state, however, have begun to change their zoning laws to prevent the opening of new dispensaries near schools or in other public spaces. According to an article in yesterday's Boston Globe, some local boards and town councils, including those of Reading and Wakefield, have taken this a step further by enacting bylaws that ban the establishment of medical cannabis dispensaries. Not only are these policies myopic, as the legal strength of their laws is questionable in the face of a widely approved state-level question, but they are also unfair to those who could benefit from medical marijuana for pain management but may not have the ability to travel great distances to obtain it.





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