Mass. To Shut Down Dispensaries Near Schools
US Attorney, Carmen Ortiz, is considering using federal law to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries if they are within 1,000 feet of of schools, playgrounds, or public housing. Even if the locations would be allowed under local and state regulations, the 15 dispensaries and other cultivation sites in Massachusetts could face prosecution if they open too close to a public place where children are most likely to be.
The goal is to separate dispensaries from children, something the state of Massachusetts feels is vey important. Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, which means that the penalties are more intense for selling drugs within 1,000 feet of all schools, including colleges; playgrounds; or public housing. The Justice Department advised that preventing marijuana from getting into the hands of children remains a federal priority, hence Ortiz's desire to use federal law in Massachusetts.
Read more at The Boston Globe.