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At a special town meeting Jan. 16, Edgecomb voters enacted two moratoriums prohibiting recreational marijuana-related activities and floating structures for a six-month period. Twelve residents attended the meeting, which also included approving emergency funds for the Oct. 30 windstorm and $200 for a soil test.

Residents approved all four articles with no dissent during the 35-minute meeting. Article 2 requested monies from surplus to pay for storm-related damage. The $35,678 appropriation was split between the municipal volunteer fire department and SR Griffin Construction Inc. Local firefighters spent 412 hours in storm damage activities. Road Commissioner Scott Griffin used a crew from his construction company for road debris cleanup in the storm’s aftermath.

Griffin submitted a $22,830 bill. Shore Road resident Mitch Garey questioned how town officials administered the windstorm cleanup. He reported residents on Shore, Cross Point and Mill roads did a considerable amount of cleanup on their roads and wanted a better explanation of overall storm-related expenses.

“I’m curious to see how these numbers were arrived at,” Garey said. “They look pretty arbitrary to me. I’m not saying the

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At their Jan. 8 meeting, Planning Board members reached a consensus on a set of proposed bylaws to regulate the sale and cultivation of marijuana in Harvard. The new bylaws would set a town limit of two marijuana sales licenses, issued by special permit, and restricts sales to the commercial district along Ayer Road.

Following the passage of the 2016 state referendum on the legalization of recreational marijuana, municipalities across the state are preparing for July 1, 2018, the date when legalization will go into effect. Harvard’s current bylaws permit the sale of medical marijuana in up to two retail dispensaries, although no businesses currently take advantage of this.

The state regulation sets a minimum number of marijuana sale licenses at 20 percent of the number of off-premises liquor licenses. Harvard has two such licenses, meaning that the state-mandated minimum would be one. Town Planner Bill Scanlan recommended increasing that number to two, wishing to avoid creating a monopoly. Planning Board member Rich Maiore agreed, citing the town’s current medical marijuana law as precedent for that number.

The proposed bylaw

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EASTHAMPTON — Hampden Care Facility, approved by the state to open medical cannabis dispensaries in Easthampton and Springfield, has changed its name to INSA.

The name reflects “a conflation of the cannabis strains indica and sativa,” said CEO Mark Zatyrka in a release. He said the previous name “did not reflect the energy and passion of this organization.”

INSA general manager Ian Kelly said he is excited, and that visitors to the re-branded dispensary “will see and experience something unlike any of our competitors.”

The firm gained an OK from the state on July 12 to begin cultivation, and is now growing marijuana in a 39,000 square-foot converted mill space at 122 Pleasant St. in Easthampton. In the same building, a 2,500 square-foot dispensary is expected to open in early February with around 45 employees.

The Springfield facility at 506 Cottage Street, now under construction, will consist of 7,900 square feet of dispensing, conference and office space, and employ around 20 people. Both INSA locations plan to provide products such as flower, edibles, accessories and concentrates, including oils, shatter, wax, and live

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Attorney Andrea Nuciforo, representing Berkshire Roots, outlined the plan to sell medical marijuana in March and then recreational marijuana this summer.

Benjamin Hildebran outlined the changes made to the property and building.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Roots is positioning itself to be a medical and a recreational marijuana dispensary when permits are issued later this year.

Berkshire Roots is finishing up a massive renovation of 501 Dalton Ave., a commercial building that formerly housed Jay’s Custom Muffler & Auto, Casey’s Billiards, and the Salvation Army store.

Those three previously vacated the building to make way for a medical marijuana dispensary and renovations are nearly complete.

The company received its approval to open the facility back in July 2016 and just a few months later voters approved the legalization of recreational sales. Berkshire Roots has since adapted its building and site design and this week received the local approvals needed to sell marijuana to both medical patients and recreational customers.

“We have secured the people, the equipment, we’ve done a build out. We have effectively turned what used to

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ANN ARBOR, MI – No, police say, they aren’t randomly selecting drivers to try out their new roadside drug testing pilot program.

They aren’t targeting medical marijuana users either, just trying to make sure they aren’t driving impaired.

Roadside drug tests to check for marijuana, cocaine, opiates and more

Those were two points law enforcement officials attempted to convey during the latest session of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office community education series on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at the county Learning Resource Center.

The session, led by Michigan State Police First Lt. Jim Flegel, focused on the state’s one-year roadside drug testing pilot program.

Washtenaw County is one of five participating counties, along with Berrien, Delta, Kent and St. Clair.

It means specially trained law enforcement agents in the county are empowered to conduct oral fluid tests if they suspect someone is driving impaired, Flegel told the crowd of about 20 people present and the about 900 viewers, as of 10 p.m. Wednesday, of a Facebook Live recording.

Skeptics question accuracy of Michigan’s new roadside drug tests

The reasoning for the program, results

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