Vote Yes on Banning Recreational Marijuana Retailers in Milford

Edward J. Kelly, President and CEO, Milford Regional Medical Center

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 Milford CARES website at

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.

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