Massachusetts green rush

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April 28th, 2017 (Milford, Massachusetts, United States) – Friday, David Jung, a Sage Cannabis employee, harvests marijuana plants. Located in Milford, a Boston suburb, Sage Cannabis growing facility is one of the biggest in Massachusetts. The medical use of marijuana is legal in the state since 2012 and is a booming business. By Chloé Hecketsweiler.
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April 28th, 2017 (Milford, Massachusetts, United States) – Michael Fernandes, a Sage Cannabis employee, harvests marijuana. He wears sunglasses and a cap to protect himself from the powerful lights used in the cultivation rooms. He comes from Portugal, a country that decriminalized the use of all drugs in 2001. Between 4 000 to 5 000 plants are cultivated in the different “flower rooms”. Artificial light cycles are used to mimic the seasons, the day and the night. Each marijuana plant worths thousands of dollars. By Chloe Hecketsweiler.
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April 28th, 2017 (Milford, Massachusetts, United States) – Andrew Sharp, Sage Cannabis marketing director, walks in the plants “nursery”. All plants are grown from seeds, as required by the law. The first seeds were planted in August 2016, the first harvest was in December 2016, and the first sale in the company’s dispensary in March 2017. Sage Cannabis grows 14 different strains and has 40 more in its pipeline. By Chloe Hecketsweiler.
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April 28th, 2017 (Milford, Massachusetts, United States) – Andrew Sharp, Sage Cannabis marketing director, watches employees exiting one of the cultivation room. The company bought an empty warehouse in Milford and transformed it into a state-of-the-art facility. The site employs 60 people. By Chloe Hecketsweiler.
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April 28th, 2017 (Milford, Massachusetts, United States) – Sage Cannabis employees cut off the marijuana leaves to keep only the flowers. They will then dry in a different room. The red and blue buckets contain the dry flowers. According to Mark Vlachos, the lead cultivator, the company produces between 400 and 500 pounds of them every month. By Chloe Hecketsweiler.
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April 28th, 2017 (Milford, Massachusetts, United States) – Karen Selznik, a Sage Cannabis employee, trims marijuana flowers. “I work here part time and part time as a hair dresser. I am trimming no matter what!”, she says. By Chloe Hecketsweiler.
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April 28th, 2017 (Milford, Massachusetts, United States) – Will Walker, a Sage Cannabis employee, packages joints. All the products sold by the organization in its dispensaries (flowers, oils, edibles…) are pre-packaged in the growing facility. By Chloe Hecketsweiler.
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April 30th, 2017 (Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States) – Sunday, Edward Moccia, a patient, reads the “marijuana menu” at Sage Cannabis dispensary. Located near Harvard University, it has opened in March 2017. The organization plans to open two new locations in Somerville and Needham. According to the Department of Public Health of Massachusetts 10 dispensaries are now opened and an additional 88 were registered “in various stages of buildout”. As of January 2017, a little less than 40 000 patients had been certified to possess marijuana for medical use. Massachusetts state has pocketed more than 7 millions dollars of revenus, mostly from the fees it collects from new dispensary applicants. By Chloe Hecketsweiler.
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April 30th, 2017 (Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States) – Jason Sparrow, a patient, examines a marijuana flower. He left leg is injured. “I am recovering from my third surgery. Taking marijuana helps with the pain and I have been able to reduce significantly my opioids intake”, he says. A Gulf War veteran, he started to smoke marijuana to relieve the anxiety caused by his military experience. “I had to buy it off the street, but couldn’t control the dosage or the strain”, he adds. Sage dispensary serves on average 65 patients a day. By Chloe Hecketsweiler.

 

Dr Dye
May 1st, 2017 (Boston, Massachusetts, United States) – Monday, Jeannette Upil manages Dr Robert Dye schedule. Since he has been allowed to certify patients for medical marijuana, in May 2016, the number of appointments has increased a lot. To deal with the new patients, the office is now opened on Saturdays. “We advertise on two websites, and we have just published an add in Spanish in a local newspaper”, she says. According to his own estimate, Dr Robert Dye certifies approximately 10 patients a week. The youngest was twenty year old and the oldest in her nineties. “Many patients suffering from cancer are referred to me by hospitals such as Mass General, Brigham, Dana Farber”, he says. “Doctors working there cannot certify patients because they receive federal funds”. Under federal law, marijuana is still illegal. By Chloe Hecketsweiler.

 

 

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