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January 6, 2014

Editorial: Some cheers, some jeers for recent newsmakers

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Mulqueen said the decision to hold or cancel school comes down to student and staff safety. That’s as it should be.

Given the conditions and the decision to cancel by every other school district, the decision to hold school in the Pentucket district was a poor one.

CHEERS to Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera for his decision to oppose the licensing of any medical marijuana facilities in the city.

The state Department of Public Health is beginning the process of establishing and issuing licenses to operate medical marijuana dispensaries across the state. Local officials cannot prohibit dispensaries from opening in their communities, but they can restrict where they may operate.

Rivera said he will contact the DPH to let them know of his opposition to a dispensary in Lawrence. One of the factors DPH will consider in issuing a license is community support.

“I understand the medical efficacy of it. I’m not trying to fight that reasoning,” Rivera told reporter Douglas Moser. “But Lawrence has had its share of, let’s call it controversial issues. We don’t want to add that. The community here voted against it. We’re trying to change our perception here. We want people to know we’re doing things that are not controversial.”

Massachusetts voters approved the use of marijuana for debilitating medical conditions in 2012 by a vote of 63 to 37 percent. Lawrence residents voted against the initiative by 51-49 percent.

Kudos to Mayor Rivera for standing up for the will of Lawrence voters.

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