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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Coakley rejects bans on dispensing marijuana

Massachusetts cities and towns may not ban medical marijuana dispensaries, accord­ing to a ruling issued Wednesday by the state attorney general’s office, but they will be allowed to adopt temporary moratoriums, gaining time to craft local rules for regulating the facilities.

The attorney general’s rulings was issued as communities await proposed state regulations, slated to be released later this month, that many hope will clarify mounting questions about local oversight of the dispensaries.

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