Wareham Planning Board receives support for marijuana regulations

By Matthew Bernat | Feb 12, 2018
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Residents attend a Planning Board public hearing that solicited input on local rules that would restrict retail marijuana stores.

Wareham voters will be asked to approve new rules limiting the number and location of recreational marijuana stores following a packed public hearing on Monday.

The Planning Board's hearing attracted approximately 30 people. Recreational marijuana sales are scheduled to begin this summer.

At the hearing, Selectmen Chair Peter Teitelbaum said officials carefully crafted the regulations, which would limit pot shops to areas where “people would object to them the least.”

“It’s the best effort we’ve come up with at this time,” Teitelbaum said.

In November 2016, voters passed a state ballot question that paved the way for recreational sales of marijuana in the state. Currently, the state’s Cannabis Control Commission is drafting rules for the sale of the recreational marijuana.

Voters at a Special Town Meeting set for March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Wareham High School auditorium will be asked to approve three bylaws related to zoning (where in town the retail stores can be located) and one that addresses whether the town should collect a 3 percent tax from recreational marijuana sales. Three percent is the maximum amount of tax allowed for retail marijuana in Massachusetts.

The regulations would limit the number of recreational marijuana shops in Wareham to three, tied to the number of liquor stores in town. The state recommends limiting pot shops to less than 20 percent of the number of package stores. If adopted, the bylaws would also require stores to open in the general commercial, strip commercial and institutional districts. The general commercial district stretches on both sides of Route 28 from the I-195 on-ramp to the area of Robertson’s Auto Salvage. The strip commercial district is located just past Robertson’s Auto Salvage on Route 25 and extends to the Bourne town line. The institutional district is located near Tobey Hospital.

Originally, officials planned to tackle the marijuana bylaws during the town’s Spring Town Meeting, set for April 23. However, the state has an April 1 deadline for passing its own recreational marijuana regulations. April 1 marks the first day the Cannabis Control Commission must start accepting applications from potential marijuana retailers, cultivators and product manufacturers. If the town does not approve local bylaws regulating recreational marijuana before April 1, it could have no say in how many or where retail stores can operate, or whether or how much sales will be taxed.

Many at the hearing supported the board’s efforts to control recreational marijuana stores locally, while disagreeing with the state law that made them possible.

“It’s a disgusting industry. It’s really terrible,” said Cathy Phinney, a registered nurse for the past 50 years and Board of Health member. “I would only urge you to limit the number of establishments to the smallest amount allowed.”

Some supported the coming arrival of pot shops, including Robert Martinez, a Falmouth-based lawyer.

Many towns on the upper Cape have banned recreational marijuana sales, making Wareham a potential hub for the marijuana industry in the area. Martinez said that would likely have many people stop in town on their way to Cape Cod.

“The benefit is it would bring a lot more people to town and increase business,” said Martinez. “It’s not just the people who are selling the pot that will make a lot of money, but all of the town’s other businesses.”

Comments (45)
Posted by: thkng60@yahoo.com | Feb 13, 2018 06:13

Grow your own. It is legal, and cheaper.



Posted by: WWareham resident | Feb 13, 2018 07:05

Stop this, just stop. Why are they wasting time and money on this? Accept it and welcome the tax revenue whew it starts rolling in.



Posted by: thkng60@yahoo.com | Feb 13, 2018 07:49

Why just three. the state only recommends 20 Percent. Maybe put 5. More stores , more tax money.



Posted by: gottahaveit | Feb 13, 2018 08:23

Wareham as a lot shop hub for Cape Cod?? Maybe Wareham will be like it used to be before rt 25 was built!!!  How EXCITING!!

This seems to be the only topic that WBTS doesn't have a very opinionated opinion about!!!!  So funny to me.  He must be a pot smoking THUG



Posted by: gottahaveit | Feb 13, 2018 08:24

Correction.  Wareham as a pot shop hub for Cape Cod??



Posted by: Sharkie | Feb 13, 2018 08:44

thkn60, because 'reefer madness' is still alive and rearing its ugly head. The amount of misinformation and fear mongering that was spread around last night was ridiculous. Just ridiculous. I understand that the older generation has been led to think that Marijuana is just as bad as Heroin, because the government classified it that way, but it is not. The selectmen and townspeople who oppose Marijuana so greatly should do some more in depth research and check out some of the scientific studies that are starting to come out. I am not familiar with the board members and their names, but the fact that the gentleman on the end said that he has never met a 'child', I think he meant teenagers, that is drunk at 10 am but he has seen plenty of stoned kids. Has that man never walked through Onset during the Summer? Has he not been to any of the beaches in town? To say that Alcohol doesnt cause brain damage or kill brain cells is just asinine. It proves that people arent doing their own research and just listening to others. Marijuana doesnt cause nearly as much damage to the brain as alcohol and other prescription drugs. Here, I'll link some of those studies. (Had I known the gentleman was going to bring it up I would have been prepared to counteract his comments with this information)

https://www.livescience.com/42738-marijuana-vs-alcohol-health-effects.html

 

http://www.mit.edu/~thistle/v13/2/myths.html

 

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141118163710.html

 

And to that man who referred to the people who come into Medical Dispensary as 'Those type of people', Would you say that to a Cancer Patients face? How about the 'Nurse' who claimed that Marijuana is a gateway drug that ruins lives. What would you say to my Veteran husband and the people associated with his non profit who used Medical Marijuana to get off Doctor Prescribed opiates from the VA when they had no exit plan for them? Heres a study on that,

https://www.alternet.org/drugs/evidence-overwhelming-cannabis-exit-drug-major-addictions-not-gateway-new-ones.

 

Do you people relaize that on average Veterans are prescribed 53 pills a day. WHO NEEDS 53 PILLS A DAY?! Noone, thats who. Look up Stephen Mandile. He is a Veteran who started a non profit (yes, my husband and i are involved in it) because he was being presribed 53 pills a day 10 of those were opiates, 3 different forms of Fentanyl. Even with all those medications, he couldnt walk.

 

I understand the fear that people have, but those people probably dont use Marijuana regularly. We all have an endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid receptors. For those of you who may not know, Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant.

 

If people would just be more open minded instead of set in their ways and stuborn, they would see that this plant is a wonderful thing. Why is it okay for people to go to a bar and drink liquor to relax?  But its nt okay for us to smoke a little pot to relax? There is a serious drug epidemic in this town and people should be more worried about keeping the REAL drugs off our streets. Why is it okay for Veterans to go to a VFW and drink all they want, with mental health issues? Then some of those guys do things they wouldnt do sober, like beat their wives or kill their dogs. But if they test positive for Marijuana they will lose their Veteran benefits? It is  backwards and I urge everyone to do their own research into this.

 

Where were all the proponents of this last night? This is a good thing for our town. Jobs, infrastructure and money. And boy does this town need the money.

 

I feel bad for people in town administrations across the state because they arent knowledgeable about these things and it really is  S*** show as far as Massachusetts getting their crap together. The chairman is 100% correct that Massachusetts has been dragging their feet on this.

 

If we want 5, the way to get that is to vote AGAINST the proposed zoning regulations on March 12, then they will have to go back to the drawing board and they will not have time for that.



Posted by: Bluizz | Feb 13, 2018 09:54

Wanted to attend the meeting last night, but unfortunately I forgot to make note of it on my calendar.  I’ve got degenerative disc disease and have been through 3 spinal fusions; the first when I was 32; I’m now 65.  My spine won’t accommodate hardware so I had to be opened twice after 2 of those fusions to have the hardware removed.  I also had a spinal cord stimulator implanted for 2 years.  My entire work history, since the age of 17 was in the administrative field, ie secretarial.  In 2010 I couldn’t work anymore because my job entailed sitting most of the day. I was on pain meds for YEARS with no relief.  In 2015 I obtained my medical marijuana certification.  I’ve never smoked a cigarette.  My intake of marijuana is mostly in the form of edibles and Rick Simpson Oil.  My life has changed significantly for the better!!  Who would have thought!!  Certainly not me!!  BUT...  I still have restrictions in my life, but if wasn’t for the medical marijuana my life would be miserable.

I felt I needed to express my opinion w/regard to the apparent comments made at last nights meeting.  I wouldn’t want to be referred to as one of “those type of people”.  I’d like to suggest that, if you’d like to learn more re medical marijuana, refer to the web site “Phoenix Tears” or “Rick Simpson Oil”.  Did I ever think I’d be boasting about the positive affect of marijuana-NOPE!!!  But boy I do now!!!



Posted by: Sharkie | Feb 13, 2018 11:14

Im so happy that you were able to find some relief in Medical Marijuana. It really has changed so many lives. Children included. Unfortunately, people just don't have all the information and are not willing to step outside their comfort zones and into someone elses shoes.

 

I regrettably, due to nerves, did not make it known when I got up to speak last night that I do work at an Education and Outreach Center outside of town. I'm involved in the non profit, Veterans Alternative Healing. I'm not just some person who wants to be able to smoke pot wherever I want. It was very clear that the board is biased and have their own opinions. I did not appreciate the comment that the one man at the table made about 'Smoking too much dope' when I was done speaking. It was rude, judgemental and uncalled for. My husband is not a lazy, useless person who does nothing all day, as the other man described people who use marijuana. He's a decorated Combat Veteran with many awards and kudos, he's an engineer and has worked for many large fortune 500 companies, as well started several of his own business. The stereotypes have got to go. It is not the 60's and 70's anymore.



Posted by: cranky pants | Feb 13, 2018 11:15

Lots of good points in the posts above. I have no wager in this conversation because I did not attend last night. I will say that smoking weed isn't just for hippies anymore and it looks like some of the smart people need reeducation.

Look up the revenue generated by marijuana sales in states that have their act together, that could be us... Lots of cookies.



Posted by: desertsky | Feb 13, 2018 13:07

Didn't attend the meeting either but after reading what Sharkie wrote about the personal comments made after she spoke, I am annoyed and fed up with our local politicians constantly interjecting their personal opinions and morals. I don't give a rat's *** what they think about the new pot laws. They aren't judge and jury and don't have opinion's that are superior to anyone elses. The majority has spoken and if it pisses them off, then move down the Cape where their majority has spoken too. If that comment had been directed towards me, you'd probably be reading about me in the headlines! I hope the upcoming election knocks these bozo's to the curb. Their job is to implement the decisions created by majority votes, not to verbally abuse citizens who they disagree with.



Posted by: Spherebreaker | Feb 13, 2018 13:46

I wanted to attend but I was hitting the bong pretty hard all day and by the time I got done with my munchies I just didn't have the ambition so I sparked up another few bowls.  



Posted by: thkng60@yahoo.com | Feb 14, 2018 06:25

Who was the clown at the table who made the ,smoking  too much dope? Was he drunk . or what???



Posted by: Uptohere | Feb 14, 2018 07:52

If we have to stuck with this crap....I can' to see what remnants of mankind slightest down our streets....then put the stores next time the fire station, police stations and water department.



Posted by: Uptohere | Feb 14, 2018 07:54

If we have to be stuck with this crap....I can't to see what remnants of mankind slightest down our streets....then put the stores next time the fire station, police stations and water department.



Posted by: WWareham resident | Feb 14, 2018 09:05

Sharkey, thank you and your husband for his service and your sacrifices. I am blown away hearing how you were treated by the Wareham Elite, God that sounds like an oxymoron right? Whoever made that comment should be ashamed of himself and you deserve not only to be treated more professionally but you also deserve a public apology from this clown.

 

You have done your research for sure because everything you mentioned is 100% accurate. I never voted to make anyone in town the judge, jury and executioner  and certainly not the clowns we have as selectmen. It sickens me that someone iniTown Government can be so misinformed and uneduuned on this subject when they knew it was coming what, 2 years now?

 

@uptothere, what do you mean by "stuck with this crap" do you drink alcohol? Well, i don't and i hate the fact that there seems to be a liquor store on every corner in town but I also don't judge others who do like a cocktail or beer every once in a while. If you want LEGAL MARIJUANA SHOPS OPENING IN POLICE STATIONS because you think it will deter people from buying it, first off you're a fool and second why not do the same with alcohol, because that would effect you, right?

 

Bottom line is that it is LEGAL now, just like alcohol and people are going to buy it. Why not keep the tax revenue here instead of Carver, Middleboro or other surrounding towns.

 

Selectmen, you were not elected to pass moral judgment on anyone, look in the mirror before you run your mouths and talk down to another tax payer and someone whos given so much to this country being a military family.

 

Are all you wise ass selectmen still just pissed off that Trump is President? Grow up and do the job you were elected to do and keep your personal opinions at home.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 14, 2018 10:08

Gottahaveit,

I just saw your comment when you mentioned me.  Funny, thanks.  No, I'm not a pot smoker and don't have much to say about it.  I see why it's a hot topic but I choose to leave it alone for the most part.  I just don't want the stores everywhere but trust the town will manage that.  Otherwise I have no comment.  Sorry to disappoint.



Posted by: joycebakes | Feb 14, 2018 10:22

This ought not to be another vote on to have or not.  The fiscally responsible thing to do, now that the vote has been allowed, is to problem solve the best way for taxes to profit the town and not create a drug slum.  This is both a medical and social issue.  There are many ways to incorporate an alternative medical treatment along with social use.  It seems everyone is not looking to do this.  Some are still pushing for "I don't want it in my town so lets do as little as possible".  Think taxes!



Posted by: barnstorm | Feb 14, 2018 12:57

The Magical Marijuana plant that all you stupid advocates are crowing about........The smoke you inhale from it contains twice the carcinogens than tobacco smoke. Increases your heart rate up to 50% of your normal rate. Causes anxiety, fear, inhibits rational thinking, chest pain and poor blood supply to the heart......far from relaxes you. Besides the dangerous chemical THC, it contains 4 x the tar compared to nicotine from tobacco that builds up in your lungs. It is not filtered and two joints is the equivalent  to one pack of  cigarettes. Short term memory loss, severely impairing the driving of a motor vehicle or operating  equipment. Yes, this organic weed is such a wonderful alternative to alcohol. And the trade off is what? Tax revenue? From retail stores that will have to price their weed much higher because of the added tax? The drug dealers are laughing at you people. They'll sell it for less because they can grow it legally now. Do you actually think law enforcement has the man power to sent officers knocking on doors in town to check to see if you are growing more than 6 plants? Retail pot shops will never generate enough sales and profit to overcome the overhead & the taxes! Why would you buy it, when you can grow it yourself??  And just pennies for the seeds. I've got neighbors that are growing it now and business is booming. And for all you pot scientists out there......the pot that is grown in the labs for the marijuana dispensaries is not the same weed as the regular strain. The cannabinoid compound is altered and tempered as to not increase adverse effects on migraine sufferers and radiation/chemo patients. Organically grown pot has too an extreme content of THC for medicinal purposes. And it is addictive.....No you say? Then why are you still smoking the shit????



Posted by: cranky pants | Feb 14, 2018 13:02

Funny how the drunks all wager in on what's good for the neighborhood. Some of us refrain from alcoholic beverages, and some of us clearly should... Some people should crawl back under their rock and pour another stiff one. Your money can't outweigh the opinion of the masses anymore. If there's one thing that this dispensary issue points out I'd say it's the fact that ignorance is bliss. If you're going to stand up and oppose something, at least have half a clue of what you're defending. Otherwise you simply look like a six year old throwing a temper tantrum and displaying how painful life is when you don't get your way. Clearly many of the people posting above have clue zero of marijuana, and that magical little plant. If you did you would blurt facts and not dogsh!t.

I'd recommended that after everyone gets their heads out of the sand ( and out from within the deep creases of buttocksville ) we put a digital sign board on the front lawn of the town hall displaying how much revenue is being generated from the marijuana sales. Donate all the revenue to homelessness, domestic abuse prevention, and everything else that stems from drug and alcohol abuse.

Clearly our corrupt little Wareham doesn't need that money.



Posted by: thkng60@yahoo.com | Feb 14, 2018 13:38

Dave????????????? Daves not here.



Posted by: cranky pants | Feb 14, 2018 13:54

Please enlighten us where you get your facts ? Are you aware that there is strains of that magical plant that offer zero psychosis effects ? Are you aware that weed isn't just smoked nowadays ? You show me all these problems that marijuana causes, and I'll show you ten fold the problems that alcohol causes. You show me five marijuana related deaths, and I'll show you 5000 alcohol related deaths. I'll start with the living that suffer from alcohol fetal syndrome...

I generally don't directly call people out on bullsh!t, but this is an exception.

So, as you were saying ?



Posted by: WWreader | Feb 14, 2018 14:13

Hey WWarehamresident and desert sky. What the heck? There was only one selectman at the meeting and he never spoke for or against the issue at hand. He kept his personal opinions to himself as you said he should. The selectman as town judge, jury and executioner? Really? The town voted to allow sales at the ballot box. The meeting here was with the planning board that is not elected. Get your facts straight before attacking innocent people. Or just get your facts straight before you decide to comment. Do us all a favor.



Posted by: Sharkie | Feb 14, 2018 14:33

@Barnstorm, You are 100% misinformed. Please site references to your alleged facts. There is no 'regular strain' that is just nonsense. They are manipulating nothing but the genetics to find the best strains for certain ailments. Marijuana is not like other drugs where once size fits all. Different levels of THC/CBD treat different ailments. And depending on the ratio of THC to CBD, thats a whole other thing. THC is npt a harmful chemical, it is the psychoactive property of the plant. If you want to get down to the science of it, I can do that. The psychoactive chemical is actually called THCa. The plant matter needs to be ignited to a certain degree in order for the chemical compound of THCa to convert into THC. So, people do not always get 'high' depending on what type of of Marijuana and the method of ingestion. Who cares if there is tar in it? (which there isnt because tar is not a natural compound, it is added into cigarettes) There's plenty of tar in cigarettes and I have to deal with peoples second hand smoke all over this damn town.

 

As far as yur comments about migraines, THAT IS WHY I SMOKE THIS YOU DISRESPECTFUL UNINFORMED FOOL, and i mean with the utmost respect. Migraines are one of the top 7 diseases recognized to be treated with Medical Marijuana. So is anxiety, so do some more research then come spew your lies. Its people like you that are misinforming the public about it. It is NOT PHYSICALLY addictive. People do not go to rehab for Marijuana addiction, as a m atter of fact, you must have a secondary addiction (alcohol, food, pills, sex, etc) in order to be treated in Rehab for "Marijuana addiction" or have a mental health diagnosis. Marijuana has NEVER killed anyone. Also, longterm use actually LOWERS high blood pressure, not raise it. It raises it initially, but thats debatable because when you smoke it you are holding your breath, and just the act of breathholding increases blood pressure. Marijuana doesn'y just need to be smoked anymore, you can eat it and you can apply it topically. Fibromyalgia patients can use bath oils and tge like to ease their aches and pains, feel good enough to get up and possibly have some semblance of a quality life.

 

I also want touch on security a bit since people seem to have this idea that kids are going to get their hands on it. Dispensaries have tighter security than a freakin bank, okay. Do you see a security guard outside your bank? Do you have to buzz to get in? Do they photocopy your ID and keep it in a file?? How about your local CVS or Rite Aid? The Liquor store??? Children, by law, are NOT allowed in. Not even in the presence of their parent. Can you say the same for the bar? How about the Liquor store? Those delicious looking colorful bottles are right at eye level for my child, that I am legally allowed to bring into the liquor store with me, to grab.

 

Cough medicine, motrin and Tylenol are responsible for more deaths, injuries and brain damage than Marijuana. Im not sure why you people all seem to think that is going to b such a strain on our town resources. That the amount of taxes generated arent going to compare to the amount of taxes spent. Did you take math in school?? It most certainly will. And if it doesnt, thats the fault of the town government for not trying to negotiate a higher tax. The competition is going to be crazy here because of the bans cape wide and the town government should bank on that. Make them promise to donate at least 1% of money/taxes generated to our ailing school system. Or how about that fancy fire station  and water treatment plant that the townspeople want, we can have it without highering taxes in town. They just need to be doing UNBIASED research.

 

If anyone is interested, really interested, in learning more, I would be happy to plug our Education Center but I didnt want to post our business here and a) get harassed by some ignorant person, or b) look like im trying to promote my business in a public forum.



Posted by: Sharkie | Feb 14, 2018 14:35

I dont hear anyone complaining about the methadone clinic here in town. That attracts all kinds of people from all over the southeastern part of the state because its the only one. (It was, not sure if it still is) Do you guys realize that treatment centers have starting using Marijuana to  get people off opiates and it is working, long term.

 



Posted by: Sharkie | Feb 14, 2018 14:38

Unfortunately, I do not know the mans name, but he was the one sitting in the middle of the table. He was quite proud of himself for making the comment too.

 



Posted by: Sharkie | Feb 14, 2018 14:44

WWREADER, Mr Slavin may not have gotten up there, he was sitting in the row behind me, but he was definitely whispering with his wife, and she got up there to speak on several issues. That should not be allowed, Im sorry. I did agree with everything she said, in regards to the drive thru's and the congestion that is going to be cause by limiting dispensaries to 'East of Depot Street'. I just think that spouses should attend separately if the selectmen are not suppose to voice their opinions. I think its a fine line because she is a citizen of the town, she deserves a say but why is it ok for them to whisper back and forth and then she gets up there to speak.

 

Admittedly, I am not familiar with the structure of the town government and how these things work.



Posted by: desertsky | Feb 14, 2018 15:25

You missed my point WWreader. It doesn't matter which board the guy was on...he is in a position of power sitting up front at the meeting. What he said is rude and unacceptable in any public forum. Doesn't matter if he's elected, selected or anything else. He spoke rudely to a tax paying citizen and if this meeting was telelvised, I'm sure it will be easy to identify WHO IT WAS. If you were the citizen being disrepected publically you would feel the same as Sharkie felt. You totally missed the point of my post and the details you're mentioning are immaterial to the situation the rest of us are discussing.



Posted by: Uns3529 | Feb 14, 2018 16:41

All I knowwwww is that pot has demotivated my son and has caused chaos for my family



Posted by: cranky pants | Feb 14, 2018 16:55

Well that's a parenting issue, not a weed issue.



Posted by: Sharkie | Feb 14, 2018 17:59

The weed is not what has caused your son to become unmotivated. People make their own decisions. Thats like blaming alcohol for the reason a person gets behind the wheel of a car. Yeah, the alcohol may inhibited the persons ability to drive correctly based on how much they drank,  but the bottle didnt grab that persons hand and lead them to the car. They made the decision to get behind the wheel on their own. Alcohol is a bad example in this case because weed doesnt alter your perception and decision making skills in the same way, but i think people can see what Im getting at here.

My BIL almost died and now has brain damage from a drug overdose. Im not blaming the heroin for my BIL's overdose. He made that decision himself. Just like people make decisions to smoke pot and do nothing.

Personally, I love a good smoke, or edible, before my workout. I get in a BETTER workout, in fact. So its all in the perception. My husband couldnt leave the house without smoking. And thats the truth. His PTSD and anxiety is crippling. But who wants to be a slave to a pill?? If you dont take it at the same time everyday your body starts to go into withdrawal. If you miss a dose, you start to have suicidal thoughts.  Those little vape cartridges and edibles are some of the best things that have happened to him because I can leave my house for more than hour at a time now. We can go to the mall and he doesnt freak out and get agitated and need to leave.

 

I dont know what kind of chaos 'weed' has caused your family, but maybe you have more than a 'weed' issue on your hands.



Posted by: Uptohere | Feb 15, 2018 07:08

WWR no I don't drink, I also don't smoke. And whether you like it or not I can post my opinin that its crap. People comment about the thugs drawn to our town you just made it more attractive. So yes put it where it will be less of a magnet, next to the police and first station. Why does that bother you? Because my opinin is differet then your ...too bad for you.



Posted by: Sharkie | Feb 15, 2018 07:36

UPTOHERE, please call my Veteran husband a thug to his face. Are you kidding me? Cancer patients are thugs?? Everyone is entitled to their opinion and mine is that you are ignorant and asinine.

 

Dispensaries are going to attract ‘THUGS’? Like  teachers, doctors, public servants, your neighbors. Because people from all walks of life use marijuana as a vice and are not THUGS.

 

Ignorance really is is bliss for some. Maybe it’s time for you to move then and not reap the benefits that are coming from it.

 



Posted by: Spherebreaker | Feb 15, 2018 11:04

From the Mayo Clinic: ", marijuana smoke contains 50 percent to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than does tobacco smoke and has the potential to cause cancer of the lungs and respiratory tract. Marijuana smoke is commonly inhaled deeper and held longer than is tobacco smoke, increasing the lungs' exposure to carcinogens."



Posted by: cranky pants | Feb 15, 2018 11:53

Nice copy/paste...

Too bad it's not only being smoked. When I have more time I will add all the links from the Mayo Clinic suggesting the beneficial use of your magical plant... You just need to dig in the right direction.

Please stop with your toxicity and misinformation. Get yourself educated in all facets of the topic before you show your true ignorance because chances are someone will call you out on the carpet one day. If you sit there and try to recite your Funk and Wagnalls education those of us with proper knowledge will know straight away.

The only ones blowing smoke in here are the smart people that have all the answers already... Problem is, it's the wrong answers folks.



Posted by: Sharkie | Feb 16, 2018 09:45

Spherebreaker,  with all due respect, your lack of knowledge on the subject is very clear. Upon further research, you would have seen that the Mayo Clinic is a strong proponent of Medicinal Marijuana.

It does say at the bottom caution should be used for people with Mental health issues, but that is the same with any medicine, even Tylenol.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-marijuana/art-20364974



Posted by: Spherebreaker | Feb 16, 2018 10:32

Sharkie, Perhaps you were using while reading the article you posted. Its far from a strong endorsement. With the exception of some help with nausea, the rest of claimed benefits are only showing as possible or might help. It does say that there are strong concerns with mental help and other medications.  Mania was a word used and I think that's what's happening here



Posted by: barnstorm | Feb 16, 2018 10:45

Love all the outright lies about what the Mayo Clinic purports to say about marijuana. It absolutely does not say anywhere that they are a proponent of or endorse it. You experts may be reading from a site called  the Mayonnaise  Clinic. Besides being brainless, you just refuse to be truthful. Keep smoking that shit and making asses out yourselves.



Posted by: cranky pants | Feb 16, 2018 11:04

More replies from the lemming troop...



Posted by: Kress | Feb 17, 2018 00:25

As I read the comments above, the tenor of the anti-marijuana remarks become nasty and judgmental.  Those comments demonstrate that Wareham needs informed, well-educated people to be in the decision-making positions on this issue.  With the wealth of medical research available online and in medical journals, I am truly aghast at some of the comments which simply misrepresent the truth.  And, instead of staying with the facts, certain posters resort to insults (ie., stupid advocates) to bolster their arguments.  It's really unbecoming and uncalled for in this forum. I feel embarrassed for people who debate with insults rather than facts.



Posted by: Sharkie | Feb 17, 2018 08:20

And we wonder why there is a bullying problem in our schools.

 

Youre so blind, ignorant to the facts, and self righteous that you choose the pieces of the article to point out. If its not beneficial to cancer patients then why are they recreating the chemicals in a lab to make the pills? Can you explain that to me? ITS BECAUSE IT WORKS. Why not just take the real thing? Why take a chemical made in a lab to mimic the real thing?

 

It says nowhere in that article that marijuana is bad. Go to the Mayo cinic and look up any other drug, its going to list the side effects, BUT GUESS WHAT?! The benefits of Marijuana outweigh the side effects and the side effects of Marijuana DONT CAUSE DEATH. Or cause you to have other health problems. Tylenol can kill a person, Marijuana cannot.

 

They say possible or might help because the FDA will not allow the doctors who have done these studies on a state level to publish them as fact because Marijuana is still considered a Schedule 1 drug. The way to find out that it actually works it to let your walls down, put your self righteous judgemental-ness aside, and talk to people who have legitimate illnesses that have been treated by Marijuana. Stop being so blinded by what the Government has pumped into our heads, because we all know the government doesnt lie to its citizens, right?!

 

Walk in someone elses shoes for a day. I have IBD and I kid you not, I know where every restroom is from here to there because someone like me has to go when its time to go if you know what I mean. I refuse to take pharmaceuticals for it after seeing what my mom went through with Crohns disease. She was diagnosed in the last five years, and in the last five years she has been prescribed every pill or shot that the FDA has approved and she has been hospitalized more times in the last five years, due to side effects of these pills, than she has in her whole life. Theres no pills left for her to take. Theres no shots left for her to take. She eats 2 mg of cannabis oil and she is good to go. Do you know how much 2 mg is??? PEANUTS! Not even enough to get a person high. But its enough so that my mother isnt shitting her pants and can go to work so she can live a life.

 

GROW UP



Posted by: Sharkie | Feb 17, 2018 08:24

Oh and to answer my own rhetorical question, the reason they create it in a lab is because the pharmaceutical companies cannot make money off the plant.

 

 



Posted by: barnstorm | Feb 18, 2018 23:13

The reason they have marijuana labs is to temper the high content of THC in their plants strain before distribution to medical patients. A different cannabinoid compound is critical now due to users coming up with an illness called CHS or Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome. The latest research on this once believed rare occurrence can be found in Business Insider by reporter, Erin Brodwin. The article follows a NYU clinical study that started after an Australian woman's  9 year mysterious illness was finally identified in 2004. The study by NYU shows that frequent users of pot, 20 days or more in a month has caused this illness. Nausea,  prolonged dizziness, stomach pain and violent vomiting are the effects of the illness, CHS. In this recent study by NYU, 155 patients were diagnosed with this syndrome and now doctors believe millions of users now may be exposed by prolonged usage. The study points to high contents of THC in todays strain of marijuana being grown. Oh, and by the way......that Australian woman... she was cured of her 9 year illness, CHS.....she stopped smoking pot.....for good!



Posted by: Sharkie | Feb 19, 2018 09:07

1. Once again you did not cite your sources. So there’s no way that I can go back and fact check where you got your information and just how accurate it really is. I wouldn’t give you such a hard time except that when you are trying to prove a point and you think you have facts to back it up, you should cite your sources. I have never heard of this mysterious pot smoking illness that you get after only 20 days of smoking marijuana.  (also I will repeat myself for like the 17th time, people are not just smoking it anymore. Smoking marijuana is not the main route of ingesting for people who are sick. ) But don’t worry, I’ll be googling this mysterious illness that no one has ever heard of.

 

2. You are so misinformed that it’s comical. That is not the purpose of a lab.  Maybe that’s the purpose of the lab in Australia which is a country on the opposite side of the world from us. What happens in Australia does not influence what happens here in America. The purpose of the lab here in America, is to test potency and the cannabinoid profiles of each sample also, in Massachusetts We test the product to make sure there’s no contaminants in it because Massachusetts has very stringent, strict guidelines and regulations as to how marijuana can be grown to be sold or consumed by the public. Our guidelines in Massachusetts are actually so strict that the other states have followed suit and they have started testing for contaminants in regulating how the marijuana can be grown if it is to be sold to medical patients and the public.

 

3. Research has come a long way since your ‘article‘ was published. It’s 2018, the study in the article is from 2004, almost 15 years ago. Before Legalization was even a twinkle in the eye of the Massachusetts voter.

 

So, once again, with all due respect, you need to do better research to become informed on this issue.

 

 



Posted by: Sharkie | Feb 19, 2018 09:36

When I say lab, I mean a pharmaceutical lab where they make synthetic medicines. They are making synthetic forms of the cannabinoids found in marijuana to make pills to treat people. Why? If the chemicals are so beneficial, so much so that they are making fake variations with so many other added in necessary chemicals why not just prescribe a thc/cbd capsule? Makes no sense to me and you people need to wake up.

 

If pharmaceutical companies are making fake versions of the chemical profile of the plants and turning them into medications/pills/sprays then obviously it’s a beneficial treatment.

 

There are side effects to every medication. It is a personal choice as to whether a person wants to suffer those side effects or not. Migraine medication for example. When every medication my doctor put me on wasn’t working and the side effects were debilitating, he Decided it was time to stop because the bad outweighed yhe good at that point and we talked about ‘alternative therapies’ at which time I went to a Cannabis doctor. Have you ever had a migraine? It is some of the worst pain I have ever experienced and I have given birth naturally twice.

 

You should never judge until you’ve walked in someone else shoes. I only got involved in this industry after seeing how much it changed people‘s lives close to me with debilitating issues.



Posted by: Sharkie | Feb 19, 2018 12:11

"Various pathogenic mechanistic theories attempting to explain symptoms have been put forward. These theories follow two themes: 1) dose dependent buildup of cannabinoids and related effects of cannabinoid toxicity, and 2) the functionality of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and particularly in the hypothalamus (which regulates body temperature and the digestive system). But the mechanisms by which cannabis causes or controls nausea and the adverse consequences of long-term cannabis toxicity remain unknown and organic disease should not be ruled out as a possible cause.[6]

The neurobiology of the compound has led to the discovery of an endogenous cannabinoid system.[7] The therapeutic potential of cannabinoids has been recognized and these compounds are utilized as antiemetics. Several studies have demonstrated the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids for nausea and vomiting in the advanced stages of illnesses such as cancer and AIDS"

 

I copied and pasted that from Wikipedia in regards to this CHS you are posting about, while it is a 'real' diagnosis, it is likely caused by environmental factors or faulty cannabinoid receptors in a persons brain. (Because, once again, we all have them). I find it ironic that this illness causes vomiting, yet it says right there at the end of the paragraph that studies prove it is useful in treating Nausea and vomiting in Cancer and AIDS patients.

 

Also, there have only been 98 cases of it since the first time it came up. 98 is a very, very small amount comparitively if you look at the millions of people who smoke weed in this country.

 



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