'Cancer and cannabis' forum draws a full house
The cannabis forum, from left, Rabbi Dr. Yosef Glassman, Dr. Terry Kriedmen, Sumner Silverman, Heather Thurber, Ellie Beth, and Geoff Rose. — Gabrielle Mannino
Rabbi Dr. Yosef Glassman is a passionate advocate for medical cannabis. — Gabrielle Mannino
Sumner Silverman shared his personal experiences with cannabis during painful cancer treatments. — Gabrielle Mannino
Robert Fokos, left, greets Rabbi Dr. Yosef Glassman with a hug after the cannabis forum. Fokos said Dr. Glassman saved his life, spiritually, after he suffered a heart attack years ago. — Gabrielle Mannino
In November 2012, 63 percent of Massachusetts voters approved medical marijuana at the ballot box, and Dukes County voters showed even stronger support, with 71 percent approving the measure.
It’s been more than five years since the voters spoke, and a registered marijuana dispensary (RMD) has yet to open on Martha’s Vineyard, owing in large part to a byzantine permitting process.
But if all goes to plan, that will change when Patient Centric of Martha’s Vineyard, the only licensed registered marijuana dispensary on the Island, opens in West Tisbury this fall.
“Today, I can report that the [cultivation site] is under construction at 90 Dr. Fisher Road,” Patient Centric CEO Geoff Rose told attendees at the “Cancer and Cannabis” forum at the West Tisbury Public Library on Tuesday. “We are optimistic that we will be cultivating by the summer, and serving patients four months later.”
To provide Islanders with more information about myriad aspects of medical cannabis, Rose organized Tuesday’s forum, which drew a full house to the West Tisbury library, the vast majority of whom looked to be over 60 years old.
The forum was moderated by Dr. Terry Kriedman, an obstetrics