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House, Senate OK delay in marijuana law

House, Senate OK delay in marijuana law

Bill rushed through in scarcely attended mid-holiday session

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE HOUSE AND SENATE on Wednesday passed a bill (S 2524) that would delay the licensing of retail marijuana outlets by six months, which could push the regulated sale of pot well into 2018. Possession, use, and marijuana home-growing provisions of the law took effect Dec. 15 and those aspects of(...)

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Banking on the pot industry

Banking on the pot industry

Conflicts with state laws and federal regulations create anxiety for most banks

AT LEAST ONE Massachusetts bank is offering services to the nascent legal marijuana industry in the state despite uncertainty over federal drug and banking regulations that still classify all pot sales as money-laundering, making it a risky venture both for the businesses and financial institutions. According to marijuana and banking industry officials, family-owned Century Bank(...)

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Baker seeks changes in pot law

Baker seeks changes in pot law

State Treasurer Goldberg says no rush to implement regs

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER MASSACHUSETTS VOTERS just said yes to legalizing marijuana Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker, an outspoken opponent of the referendum, said he wants a more efficient process of permitting retail pot shops than the extensive procedures the state engaged in to implement medical marijuana. “By the time we took office we hadn’t(...)

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Pot proponents hit critics on ‘scare tactics’

Pot proponents hit critics on ‘scare tactics’

Say officials are spreading falsehoods to defeat legalization measure

A LAWYER WHO helped draft the initiative to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana said critics of the referendum are using decades-old scare tactics to defeat the proposal and twisting proponents’ words to convince voters there’s a heartless pot industry that only wants to cash in at the expense of kids. “This whole idea that(...)

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Pot opponents hit ‘Big Marijuana’

Pot opponents hit ‘Big Marijuana’

Critics of legal marijuana focus on commercialization as the evil behind the question

OPPONENTS OF THE BALLOT QUESTION to legalize adult use of pot are pivoting their focus away from the dangers of the drug and taking aim at “Big Marijuana,” the burgeoning industry they say is behind the referendum. Sen. Jason Lewis, who is one of the legislative leaders of the effort to defeat Question 4, says(...)

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Pot opponents mislead on costs, local aid threat

Pot opponents mislead on costs, local aid threat

Referendum critics falsely claim Colorado revenues fail to cover regulation expenses

LT. GOV. KARYN POLITO suggested earlier this week that passage of the ballot question legalizing recreational marijuana could lead to a reduction in local aid to pay for regulating the new industry and public safety costs, but there is little evidence to support her claim. At a meeting of the Local Government Advisory Commission on Tuesday,(...)

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Polito: Pot question could curb state aid to cities

Polito: Pot question could curb state aid to cities

Lt. Gov. takes opposition to marijuana to whole new level

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS and local aid could take a hit if voters approve a marijuana legalization ballot question in November, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said Tuesday as she implored local officials to join the opposition to Question 4. After hearing concerns from local officials who comprise the Local Government Advisory(...)

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Pot campaign bashed for appeal

Pot campaign bashed for appeal

Critics say using drug crisis to raise funds is “deeply troubling”

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A FUNDRAISING APPEAL from the marijuana legalization campaign has drawn the ire of health care professionals and parents of children who died from opioid addiction after the group pitched legal marijuana as an alternative to prescription pain drugs in spite of the state’s medical marijuana program. Will Luzier, the campaign manager(...)

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Healey cuts deal with CVS on opioids

Healey cuts deal with CVS on opioids

Settlement requires pharmacists to check database

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE CVS PHARMACY will require its staff to check the state’s prescription monitoring program database before filling certain abuse-associated opioid prescriptions under a newly announced settlement with Attorney General Maura Healey’s office. The settlement includes a payment of $795,000 from the chain. According to the attorney general’s office, it resolves allegations that(...)

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