As Massachusetts prepares to open its first dispensary, possibly in April, this is a glimpse into the future.
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Assuming a three-month growing cycle, the storefront in Salem could begin selling marijuana in April. However, the plants must first undergo a series of safety tests, and the state will continue to inspect the company’s business plans.
As the marijuana industry takes shape in Massachusetts, it will need a trained workforce. In Natick, the Northeastern Institute of Cannabis is offering classes.
The four dispensaries in Boston, Taunton, Greenfield and Fairhaven fill counties that did not previously have any medical marijuana dispensaries in the works.
As the marijuana industry continues to grow, some doctors and onlookers worry it will follow the path of Big Tobacco. But industry representatives say they have embraced stricter regulations.
Those who praise its benefits say you should be prepared for a period of trial and error.
With all the attention in Massachusetts to dispensaries that will sell marijuana for medical use, the question of who will test the drug has been largely overlooked.
A group of doctors gathered for the Massachusetts Medical Society’s first continuing education course on the use of marijuana to treat medical issues.
Marijuana is touted as a treatment for chronic pain, multiple sclerosis and anxiety — and some say it may be a way to help alleviate Massachusetts’ opiate crisis. But that idea is causing some tension in the addiction treatment community.
The study found abnormalities in areas of the brain related to emotion, motivation and decision-making.