by ANDY METZGER
The two most powerful members of the state Senate visited a Franklin medical marijuana growing facility last Friday that will be the source of cannabis products for New England Treatment Access’s Northampton and Brookline dispensaries.
A photo of the visit provided to the News Service shows Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka with Norton Arbelaez of NETA surrounded by leafy, green plants.
“I am pleased to see first hand NETA’s cultivation facility. As someone who has supported the use of medical marijuana as a valuable treatment to help patients with myriad illnesses, I am relieved that this important service will soon be available to qualified patients in my district and beyond,’ Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said in a statement.
“This state–of–the–art facility has the potential to boost the Franklin economy and bring in new jobs to the Metrowest area,” Spilka said in a statement. When in full operation, the facility expects to employ more than 70 people.
Until a voter referendum in 2008, possession of even a small amount of marijuana was a crime. In 2012, voters legalized the drug for medical use.

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