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Governor Cites Progress on Opioid Prescription Monitoring Tool

The Baker-Polito Administration said this week that more than 6.5 million searches have been conducted by health care providers in the first year since the launch of the state’s Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool (MassPAT), which links Massachusetts’ patient prescription data sharing capability with 31 other states including all of New England, New York and the District of Columbia. Continue Reading →

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Banning Recreational Marijuana Establishments Will Have Unintended Consequences


At the upcoming Special Town Meeting, Westford residents will vote on whether or not to ban recreational marijuana businesses in Westford. Cited among the reasons for various committee members’ support for the two articles proposing the ban is a desire to keep marijuana out of the hands of young people. This is a well-founded effort; there is a growing body of scientific evidence showing that consumption of cannabis for recreation can diminish the capacity of a developing mind to learn. However, the proposed ban on commercial cannabis establishments will actually make it much easier for young people to obtain cannabis. State law allows for the cultivation of six cannabis plants per person, up to twelve per household, and the proposed commercial ban encourages users to grow their own. Continue Reading →

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Public Consumption of Marijuana Debated at Special Town Meeting

Chris Kluchman, director of Land Use Management, presents the first of three articles on the regulation of the recreational use of the drug. PHOTO BY JOYCE PELLINO CRANE


Three articles on regulating the recreational use and sale of marijuana were debated on the special Town Meeting floor on Oct. 16. Wendy Darragh sought and failed to amend Article 10 by omitting the words “independent testing laboratory.” The article, which asked voters to prohibit recreational marijuana establishments in town, passed by a majority vote. Article 11 passed by secret ballot 300 to 62. Continue Reading →

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WestfordCAT Weekly News – October 13, 2017

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Open the story page to view this week’s WestfordCAT News show. You’ll find news about the Westford Public School’s new transgender policy; the Superintendent’s preliminary capital expenditure request; the town’s recreational fields Carry-In Carry Out policy along with local weather, a tip for your health, a cute pup and upcoming events to enjoy. Continue Reading →

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