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Martha’s Vineyard Faces Marijuana Shortage Due to Federal Regulations

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The issue of marijuana scarcity on Martha's Vineyard revolves around the challenge of transporting cannabis to the island. While Massachusetts has legalized marijuana, the state's Cannabis Control Commission has concerns regarding transporting marijuana over the ocean due to potential violations of federal laws. This obstacle has caused a significant problem for the island’s residents, impacting over 230 registered medical users and numerous recreational users.

Geoff Rose, the owner of Island Time dispensary, filed a lawsuit against the commission to address the island's marijuana shortage. Despite efforts from both sides, the dilemma persists as federal regulations clash with state laws. The situation is exacerbated by the decision of Fine Fettle, the commercial grower on Martha's Vineyard, to stop growing marijuana on the island, leading to a further decrease in supply.

Benjamin Zachs of Fine Fettle mentioned the economic challenges of growing marijuana on the island, given the availability of cheaper options on the mainland and rising operational costs. With the closure of the island's only other dispensary imminent, residents face difficulties in accessing marijuana, especially medical users like Sally Rizzo, who find the drug beneficial for medical conditions such as back problems and insomnia. The lack of a dispensary in Woods Hole, the ferry landing area, poses logistical challenges for residents requiring them to arrange transportation or carry their supplies, which can be inconvenient and costly.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09