BOSTON (AP) — Medical marijuana received strong support from Massachusetts voters last fall, but many communities around the state now appear hesitant to open their borders to facilities where the drug could be cultivated and sold.
Dozens of cities and towns have imposed temporary moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries. Others are drafting zoning rules to restrict where they can be located.
Municipal officials say they need time to prepare for dispensaries and make sure they don't go into residential neighborhoods, near schools or in other inappropriate places.
The state is considering more than 150 applicants for 35 available licenses to operate dispensaries.
Advocates for medical marijuana say many of the fears among municipal officials surrounding the facilities are unfounded.
Meanwhile, patients seeking the drug worry the moratoriums will delay access.