Thursday, December 6, 2012
Massachusetts towns, including Norwood, are considering special zoning bylaws for potential medical Marijuana dispensaries - what are your thoughts?
Medical marijuana is coming to Massachusetts. The medical marijana ballot initiative that passed in November's election with 63 percent voter approval means that up to 35 medical marijuana dispensaries can open up in the state in 2013. The new law goes into effect Jan. 1, but requires rules and regulations be set up by the Department of Public Health. Norwood residents voted "yes" on the ballot question by a vote of 7,766 to 6,144. Before election day, Norwood Police Chief William G. Brooks III submitted a letter to the editor where he said, "Marijuana is a street drug; it is not medicine. The passage of Question 3 would lead to an increase in crime and the diversion of marijuana to adolescents." On Tuesday the chief spoke to the Board of …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Briefs from the Board of Selectmen meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Chief Brooks Talks Recent Police Action, Preventing Break-Ins Chief William G. Brooks III of the Norwood Police Department gave his monthly report to the Board of Selectmen at Tuesday night's meeting, including recent police actions, trainings and tips for holiday safety. Brooks noted specifically a drug raid on Neponset St. and an investigation into underage tattooing by police in the past month. The Chief also discussed some recent break-ins around town, and how to keep it from happening. He said that often, people looking to break in to a residence will ring the doorbell with a false story to see if anyone is home. Brooks said that even if you don't recognize the person outside, answer through the door so that they are aware someone is…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The medical marijuana ballot initiative passed on Tuesday, which means up to 35 medical marijuana dispensaries can open in 2013. Would you be OK with having one in town?
Medical marijuana is coming to Massachusetts. The question is: where? The medical marijana ballot initiative that passed in Tuesdays election with 63 percent voter approval means that up to 35 medical marijuana dispensaries can open up in the state in 2013. The new law goes into effect Jan. 1, but requires rules and regulations be set up by the Department of Public Health. Some towns and cities, such as Quincy, reportedly are already trying to line up regulations that would keep dispensaries out of their municipalities, which have proved troublesome in some of the nine states where medical marijuana dispensaries have been legal. Based on size, county seat, and demographics, there are a number of likely locations for marijuana dispensaries…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Want to know how your neighbors voted? We have the results here.
President Obama, Scott Brown, Stephen Lynch and John Rogers were all winners in Norwood Tuesday night when the votes were counted. The Mass. U.S. Senate race was the only one in which Norwood voters did not pick the ultimate winner - choosing Scott Brown over the now Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren. For the U.S. Presidency, town of Norwood voters chose the Obama-Biden ticket over Romney-Ryan by a vote of 8,098 to 6,292. Shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday, the AP called Massachusetts for Obama, along with with six other east coast states and the District of Columbia. At about 11:15 EST, NBC News called the presidential election for the incumbent Democrat. For the full election results from the town of Norwood, check the table below: Obama-Biden …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Chief Brooks of the Norwood Police Department urges residents to vote "no" on Question 3.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
To the editor: On November 6, Massachusetts voters will go to the polls to vote in several hotly contested races, but in my opinion the issue that will most affect communities and families is the ballot question on so-called “medical marijuana” (Question 3). If the initiative passes, 35 marijuana dispensaries will open across the commonwealth and people who claim financial and transportation challenges will be permitted to grow their own. I sympathize with people who suffer from a chronic or terminal disease, but Question 3 is not about that. Most professional medical associations maintain that marijuana is not a medicine at all and that it should not be administered to patients. Among groups that have taken formal positions against “…
Friday, October 19, 2012
Arguments on both sides of ballot questions 2 and 3 were heard Thursday night at a League of Women Voters Candidates Forum in Norwood.
On Thursday night, the League of Women Voters of Norwood, Westwood and Walpole held a Candidates Forum at the Norwood Town Hall for local voters to hear about their candidates and some of the issues on the ballot this November. The League invited speakers on each side (pro and con) of the vote for ballot questions 2 and 3 - the legalization of assisted suicide in Massachusetts and the legalization of medical Marijuana in Massachusetts. Question 2: Prescribing Medication to End Life. This law "would allow a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient’s request, to end that patient’s life." The act would require that patients are mentally capable of making this decision and orally communicate it …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Notes from Tuesday night's Board of Selectmen meeting.
Board Approves Removal of Four Trees from Town Common At their meeting Tuesday evening, the Norwood Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a motion from department of public works director Mark Ryan to remove four trees from the Town Common. Town Manager John Carroll said that Ryan had discussed the situation with an arborist, and feels that it would be best for the state of the Town Common to have them removed. In their current state, the trees will grow into each other - causing damage to the trees themselves as well as the lawn below. "I agree with Mr. Ryan, they really are causing problems," Carroll told the board. "As nice as the Common is and as much as we like the greenery if you look close you have to admit it's overgrown," …
Friday, September 28, 2012
The governor, during a live chat with Patch, expressed skepticism about the legalization of medical marijuana, though he sympathized with patients in pain.
Governor Deval Patrick said he would likely vote no on Question Three this fall. During a Thursday live chat with Patch, a reader asked Patrick how he would vote on the ballot question and whether the governor was for or against the legalization of cannabis. "I am not too energized on this issue, personally. California's experience has been mixed. I will probably vote against it. I respect the opposing view, though, especially those whose concern is for people in constant pain," wrote the governor in response. Proponents say medical marijuana will help ease the pain and suffering of cancer patients and other eligible residents. Opponents, meanwhile, say the law is a back door to full legalization, and that medical marijuana can be …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Question 3 on the Nov. ballot will ask about legalizing medical marijuana.
This November voters will be able to cast a vote for or against legalizing medical marijuana in the Commonwealth. According to WBUR, proponents have formed the Committee For Compassionate Medicine (Subtitle: ‘Yes’ for Massachusetts Patients). The opponents are at MaVoteNoOnQuestion3.com. Question 3 on the ballot reads: “A yes vote would enact the proposed law eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana, allowing patients meeting certain conditions to obtain marijuana produced and distributed by new state-regulated centers, or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their own use.” So we want to know: Are you for or against bring medical marijuana to the state?
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The secretary of state approved the three questions on Wednesday
The secretary of state's office Wednesday finalized the questions that will be put on this fall's ballot. Though four questions had gathered enough signatures and met the deadlines to be placed on the ballot, one regarding teacher evaluation was resolved in the Legislature last month, leaving three for Secretary of State William Galvin to sign. They are: How will you be voting on these issues, Norwood? Tell us in the comments!