The list of community leaders and Milford residents who support our efforts to advocate for a YES vote on September 19th to stop pot shops from opening in Milford continues to grow! We invite you to scroll down to review each supporter’s impact statement.
Selectman Mike Walsh made the following statement at the June 29, 2017 Milford CARES Information Meeting:
We need to stand together. We need to make sure people get out and vote on [the September 19th] referendum. We need to send the same message the town of Westborough sent. Not in Milford. We don’t want it. It doesn’t belong here.
As a construction company, we are concerned about the impact legalizing the sale of marijuana and the opening of recreational ‘pot shops’ could have on our workforce. There is no question that marijuana use impairs a worker’s ability to work safely, which in turn, puts them, their co-workers, and the public at risk. We drug test, train our people to recognize the effects, and take it seriously. We are 100% in support of any town that chooses to ban the sale of recreational marijuana within their communities.
Anthony Consigli, Chief Executive Officer, Consigli Construction
Milford is a desirable community for new businesses to locate. Having recreational marijuana retail sales shops in Milford will make Milford a less desirable location. This means less opportunities for local employment and potentially higher taxes. I urge you to vote YES on September 19 to prohibit recreational marijuana retail sales shops in Milford.
Kevin Lobisser, Real Estate Developer
During the 2016 Presidential Campaign, retail marijuana was discussed by the candidates and figures used by candidates confirmed. According to FactCheck.org, “In Colorado, marijuana-related traffic deaths increased by 154 percent between 2006 and 2014; Colorado emergency room hospital visits that were ‘likely related’ to marijuana increased by 77 percent from 2011 to 2014; and drug-related suspensions/expulsions increased 40 percent from school years 2008/2009 to 2013/2014.” One of the candidates addressed marijuana legislation on a federal level by describing Colorado and Washington as, “laboratories of democracy, I want to wait and see what the evidence is.”
Let’s keep Milford out of this laboratory study! Join me in voting YES on September 19th.
When I look at the current situation of cannabis, I wonder, who are the people pushing this agenda? It amazes me how fast this topic has moved across the legislature. Especially here in Massachusetts in less than five years we went from medical use only of marijuana to September 19, when we will decide if our town will allow stores to sell this drug for recreational purposes.
It is important for Milford residents to realize that this upcoming referendum is not about the legalization or the benefits of marijuana.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a resident of Milford, I worry about the fact that our town is not ready to deal with the consequences of having pot stores. Do we have enough police officers to monitor the possible effects of having people buying, consuming “marijuana goods?” Is our hospital ready to treat the surge of young adults with substance-induced psychosis? Are we ready to deal with the traffic increase from people coming even out of the state to buy this product? In my previous jobs, I have seen first hand that not everyone tolerates a “joint.” A quick search on the internet can better explain what I mean by those words. I urge our community to look deeply into this issue and analyze who is behind this movement of commercialization of cannabis and the possible outcomes to our community. I also urge all Milford residents to vote YES on September 19.
Thiago Godoi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
As a lifelong Milford resident, taxpayer, and registered nurse caring for the youth of Milford for over forty years, I strongly support the mission of Milford CARES and urge Milford voters to vote YES on September 19th to opt out of retail sales of all non-medical marijuana in our town.
Judy Dagnese RN, Director of Nursing, Milford Public Schools
While I have many concerns about retail marijuana shops in Milford, my focus of concern comes from the view of my business in real estate. I am greatly concerned about, not only the impact on real estate values that retail shops will have on surrounding properties (both commercial and residential), but I am even more concerned about the impact these businesses will have on the perception of Milford. We already have a perception issue, which I work hard to combat and educate people on daily in my business. Having retail marijuana shops will continue to work against the image of our town, which will have more of a negative impact not only on real estate values but the image of our community and even our school system.
Joshua Lioce, Broker/Owner and Team Leader of Lioce Properties, Inc.; Milford Board of Assessors
Allowing the retail sale of marijuana in our community sends the wrong message to our youth and may lead to an increase in underage usage. Marijuana use at an early age can lead to addiction, mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, and poor academic performance. Edible marijuana products sold in retail shops—often in the form of treats like candy or brownies—pose a particular threat to children, who may mistake them for regular treats. These edibles are easy to share and conceal, and monitoring products of this nature in schools will be an additional and challenging responsibility for our teachers and administrators.
Joe Morais, Chairman of the Milford School Committee
Over the last several years, the town of Milford has faced many hurdles. We continue to work everyday to maintain the gains that have been made and there is still more to do.
This is not the time to welcome retail establishments selling recreational marijuana. With many towns banning these establishments and our proximity to major highways, Milford could easily become the “place for pot.”
I want to continue to work to attract industry and commercial establishments that will attract families to move to Milford, raise their children, and enroll them in our schools. Pot Shops will not accomplish those goals.
Will Kingkade, Chairman, Milford Board of Selectman
At this point in time, there is so much yet to understand. Without this important knowledge and understanding, it is impossible to know if the best interest for the public is being served and if the health of the public is being affected, should we allow retail marijuana establishments in Milford.
As with tobacco sales, when access to a substance increases so does use by youth. We do not need to increase access to this product that we know so little about. In my opinion, retail marijuana establishments are not a good fit for this community. I urge Milford voters to vote YES on September 19th to prohibit recreational marijuana retail establishments.
Paul A. Mazzuchelli, Milford Health Agent
Although recreational marijuana use has been narrowly approved by the voters, I am not in favor of retail sales in Milford if the opt out option remains in the legislation currently under consideration and most of our neighboring towns have either instituted bans or moratoriums. There is no reason why Milford should become the center, and bear the associated burdens, for recreational marijuana product sales and should therefore opt out as well.
As a father, I am concerned about the targeting of recreational marijuana products toward children and our youth, which studies have proven the commercial marijuana industry does. Marijuana products are diversely marketed as candy and snacks, and are much more greatly potent and powerful than in years past. I believe inviting these recreational stores to Milford will have unfortunate consequences for the town, the school system and provide further undesirable challenges for the community and law enforcement.
Ryan Fattman, State Senator, Worcester Norfolk District
I have valid concerns with the retail availability of marijuana products in the town of Milford. Personally I believe today’s marijuana poses a health risk, and that allowing legal marijuana sales will make it easier for children to obtain, therefore creating more problems. We all should be concerned about the impact to the family dynamic and to the youths in our town. We are not a community that actively promotes the sales and use of alcohol or drugs, so I ask you why would we embrace this now?
Amy Leone, MS, MA, LMHC, Community Impact and Milford’s Regional Substance Abuse Navigation Program
I support people’s rights to use medical marijuana helping to ease certain illnesses, but a recreational pot store is a different animal. They sell pot edibles, which are very much stronger than an average joint, and may cause severe reactions. I implore you to help our children and grandchildren enjoy healthy, productive lives by voting YES on September 19th to OPT OUT of recreational marijuana stores, because MILFORD CARES, and so should we all.
Barbara A. Morganelli
Marijuana changes one’s state of consciousness, diminishing one’s dignity. When someone uses marijuana, they become unstable in their ability to decide, in addition to losing some awareness of connection with the real world. Therefore, a very serious reason is needed for its morally legitimate use. I encourage Milford voters to vote to prohibit recreational marijuana retail stores in our community.
Father Mateus Souza, Associate Pastor at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Parish and Milford Police Chaplain
I am concerned about the access of marijuana to kids. The levels of THC are much higher in marijuana than they were even a decade ago. There is quality research beginning to show the negative long-term effects of THC on a developing adolescent brain. It doesn’t make sense to increase the risk of potential use by adolescents by increasing the availability of marijuana in our community.
Lisa White RN, Wellness Coordinator, Milford Public Schools
In today’s job market, more and more applicants are testing positive for recreational marijuana, ruling them out for the job. Employers consider those who test positive to be a risk for driving and working safely. I simply don’t think now is the time to make it harder for our young people to get a job and be productive members of our community.
Bill Buckley, Milford Board of Selectmen
We support opting out of enabling retail sales of Marijuana in Milford. We believe that Milford’s quality of life would be negatively impacted, resulting in decreased business development, lowered property values, increased traffic, and more crime. Milford is a wonderful community to raise a family, and we hope our home town remains so.
Harold and Marcia Rhodes
Vote YES on September 19 and help us protect and keep our children from being exposed to all the edibles containing marijuana that will be sold in the recreational pot shops.
One of the many reasons I am encouraging Milford voters to oppose the retail sale of recreational marijuana in our town is our location, which provides easy access off I-495. If Milford allows pot shops in our shopping centers, and more surrounding towns continue to ban them, then Milford would become the distribution center of recreational marijuana in central Massachusetts. The reputation of our town will surely suffer. I urge all Milford residents to vote YES on September 19.
As a parent and a member of the Milford School Committee, I believe that it would be a mistake to allow retail marijuana sales in to town. Retail sales include marijuana edibles that look like candy, which is easily confused by our children as the candy they buy at the corner store but with a very different impact. It is for these reasons that I am voting YES to opt out of retail marijuana sales in Milford on September 19.
Scott Harrison, Milford School Committee
The potential for recreational marijuana sales becoming a part of the daily fabric of our community is completely contradictory to the mission of our responsible municipal leaders.
We are proud to be working with the High School Athletic Department, and specifically, the Football Program, to enhance and promote the physical development of our young athletes through better training, better nutrition, and better life habits.
Recreational marijuana does not support our mission of preparing the youth of our community for a brighter and stronger future. Please join me in voting YES on September 19 at the Special Town Election to ban retail marijuana establishments in Milford.
Tony Chiarelli, President, Milford Hawks Gridiron Club
As a Milford resident (16 yrs) and Realtor (14 yrs), I am very concerned with the potential changes pot shops will bring to our town and the local Real Estate market. Home values affect the entire community, not just the sellers and buyers that are currently in the market. As the saying goes, “Your reputation precedes you.”
What are our long-term goals? How do we want Milford to be perceived? Let’s consider that and not just the potential impact on tax revenue and convenience for those who choose to use marijuana (medicinal marijuana excluded). I urge all Milford voters to vote YES on September 19.
Carolyn Hildebrand, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty
Milford Regional took a stand against legalizing commercial marijuana at the ballot box back in October last year. We believed then, as we do now, that marijuana for recreational uses is detrimental to the health and wellbeing of our community. My October 26, 2016 blog provides greater detail on the reasoning behind our opposition to its legalization back then.
Despite the efforts of the medical community in conveying the adverse effects of marijuana use, residents of Massachusetts voted to legalize commercial marijuana on November 8. However, the vote authorized communities to hold a second vote to opt out of hosting recreational marijuana establishments in their own towns. Since then, towns throughout the state have voted to ban the establishment of marijuana retailers in their communities.
Within the town of Milford, a concerned group of residents have formed a community task force called Milford CARES (Community Against Recreational Marijuana Retail Establishments) to advocate for a YES vote to opt out of retail sales of all nonmedical marijuana in Milford at a Special Town Election scheduled for September 19. Milford Regional supports Milford CARES in their endeavor to protect our children and community from the harmful effects of recreational marijuana through their efforts to prevent the operation of marijuana retailers within Milford.
If you are a Milford resident and a registered voter, we encourage you to read more about the destructive impact recreational marijuana has on the health and wellbeing of our community by going to the Milford CARES webpage.
We also encourage you to vote YES on banning retail sales of recreational marijuana in Milford at the Special Town Election which will be held on September 19.
Edward J. Kelly, President and CEO, Milford Regional Medical Center