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Pot rollout tentative in Cali

Retail pot stores began opening across California on New Year’s Day, at least six months ahead of Massachusetts even though voters in both states approved the legalization of recreational marijuana at the same time. The California rollout was a bit tentative. To sell cannabis commercially in California, marijuana businesses need a state license and local approval.(...)

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Free news isn’t free

When I came to work at CommonWealth in late 2008, we had four reporters putting out a print magazine four times a year. Today, nine years later, the print magazine still goes out four times a year. But we also post stories and commentary on a daily basis on the CommonWealth website. We send out(...)

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The name game

The Boston Globe finally published the name of the political reporter who was forced to resign after inappropriate advances to a colleague and two women outside the company. But that’s not the point. The front page “Note to Readers” by editor Brian McGrory confirmed that State House reporter Jim O’Sullivan was the employee who solicited a(...)

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Is it time to talk about gun violence?

When Adam Lanza, an anti-social misanthrope who shot and killed his mother in Newtown, Connecticut, and then took her gun arsenal and slaughtered 20 six- and seven-year-olds and a half-dozen teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School for no apparent reason, many thought the long-awaited debate over gun violence would commence in earnest. After all the(...)

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