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VGR Making Waves

  • Mass Lawyers Weekly
    Valerio G. Romano is the founder of Massachusetts Marijuana Compliance and has an extensive background defending medical marijuana patients in state and federal court. He also represents applicants seeking licenses to operate marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts.
  • Article and Interview on WBZ News Radio (Local CBS station):
    BOSTON (CBS) – Several Massachusetts doctors associated with prospective medical marijuana dispensaries are reportedly facing intense pressure from the federal government to cut ties with those companies.
  • Huffington Post
    Valerio G. Romano is the founder of Massachusetts Marijuana Compliance and has an extensive background defending medical marijuana patients in state and federal court. He also represents applicants seeking licenses to operate marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts.
  • Boston Globe 1
    WASHINGTON — Federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration are being accused of threatening doctors affiliated with medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts, allegedly telling them they would lose their federal licenses to prescribe medications unless they cut their ties to marijuana firms.
  • Boston Globe 2
    The list of companies vying to open Massachusetts’ first medical marijuana dispensaries has been pared down significantly, with 100 organizations submitting applications by Thursday’s deadline.
  • National Public Radio (WBUR – 90.9)
    While the Obama administration has sent some signals to states that it won’t interfere with the implementation of medical marijuana laws, the Drug Enforcement Administration in recent weeks has visited doctors who hold administrative positions with companies seeking dispensary licenses in Massachusetts and told them to resign or risk losing their registration to prescribe controlled medications.
  • Boston Business Journal Article
    “They are doing a good service for the patients. (Patients) primary care won’t even discuss (medical marijuana) with them,” said Valerio Romano, an attorney with VGR Law firm and the attorney representing dispensary Healthy Pharms Inc.
  • Wicked Local Georgetown Article
    Opponents in cities and towns have focused on the prospects of a rise in crime, but Healthy Pharms attorney Valerio Romano – who specializes in medical marijuana law and founded the group Massachusetts Marijuana Compliance – said reality is often far different. “Study after study has shown that crime does not increase,” Healthy Pharms attorney Valerio Romano said. “In a well-regulated medical marijuana jurisdiction, crime does not go up, and in fact it goes down in most areas.”
  • New England Patient Network Article
    The state previously required each of the 13 counties to have one license and no more than five, but Valerio Romano, a Boston lawyer who represented New England Patient Group, said that has now changed and the process is now more streamlined and competitive. “Anyone who applies should be able to get a license,” he said.
  • Hopkinton Selectman Weigh Dispensary
    Selectmen on Tuesday night will weigh whether to support a medical marijuana dispensary in town. Valerio Romano, an attorney representing the company, said that the best case scenario has CommCan opening the facility in Medway in the third quarter of 2016.
  • Medway Selectmen Support Marijuana Facility
    Selectmen on Tuesday night will weigh whether to support a medical marijuana dispensary in town. Valerio Romano, an attorney representing the company, said that the best case scenario has CommCan opening the facility in Medway in the third quarter of 2016.
  • Marshfield talks potential Marijuana Dispensary
    With several companies eyeing Marshfield as a potential location for a medical marijuana dispensary, about 30 residents, with varying views and knowledge of the topic, attended a public forum to discuss the possibility of building one in town.
  • Brewster eyed for dispensary
    Proposals for four medical marijuana dispensaries are in the works for Barnstable County, with Brewster joining a list of target sites that includes Mashpee, Bourne and Dennis.
  • Holliston backs medical marijuana facility
    Selectmen Wednesday night voted unanimously to sign a letter supporting the construction of a medical marijuana cultivation facility whose proponents say could bring 300 full-time jobs.
  • Tisbury selectmen pause on medical marijuana
    Boston-based attorney Valerio Romano, representing Ermont Inc., went before Tisbury selectmen Tuesday to seek a letter of non-opposition to a medical marijuana dispensary as part of the state application process. The company, which received a provisional license to dispense medical marijuana from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in January 2014, proposed utilizing the red barn property on 294 State Road in Tisbury, current home to the Vineyard Grocer. Mr. Romano said they had spoken with the owners of the building, who were “amenable” to selling.
  • Bourne selectmen give OK to pot dispensary
    A proposed medical marijuana dispensary cleared a hurdle to open on MacArthur Boulevard as selectmen voted 4-1 Wednesday to grant the owners a key letter of support. The facility, Romano said, would be very secure, noting it would be equipped with security cameras the police can activate by a push-button and vaults for pot and cash. Employees must go through two sets of background checks.
  • In Westport second group seeks marijuana dispensary
    For the second consecutive selectmen meeting, a non-profit group will express interest in developing a medical marijuana facility in town. Xiphias Wellness Inc. will be asking selectmen at its Dec. 28 meeting for a letter of non-opposition toward opening a registered marijuana dispensary in town.
  • In Westport second group seeks marijuana dispensary
    For the second consecutive selectmen meeting, a non-profit group will express interest in developing a medical marijuana facility in town. Xiphias Wellness Inc. will be asking selectmen at its Dec. 28 meeting for a letter of non-opposition toward opening a registered marijuana dispensary in town.
  • Westport selectmen hear second pitch for medical marijuana facility
    Valerio Romano, a lawyer representing the group, and David Brayton, a Tiverton resident and chief executive officer of Xiphias, pitched their plans to the board about a 10,000 square foot facility that would act as a cultivation center, processing facility and dispensary.
  • Valerio Speaks out for Expungements
    Valerio taking the Yes position on why marijuana criminal histories should be dismissed and sealed.  Chief Carmichael speaking out for the prohibitionists.
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