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Canada cannabis

Canada cannabis

World’s largest legal marijuana market opens four months after vote

THE BONG, ER, GONG, sounded early Wednesday morning for the nationwide sale of marijuana in Canada, only the second country in the world to legalize the drug and the first major world economy to allow adult use and sales. The move from vote to sale was just four months, a relatively lightning-fast period that many(...)

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Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em – at home

In the language of the emerging marijuana industry, where cannabis is the preferred term, they are called social consumption sites. Years ago, we would have called them pot bars. The cafes were envisioned as part of the 2016 ballot question as a place where those who use marijuana could congregate to smoke, drink, and eat THC-infused(...)

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Final approval given to two retail pot stores

Final approval given to two retail pot stores

Cannabis commissioner abstains in opposition to host community agreements

THE STATE BOARD overseeing the nascent marijuana industry gave final approval to the first licenses for retail stores Thursday with some conditions. But the vote, one of the most momentous the panel has yet taken, was not unanimous with one commissioner abstaining because of problems with the host community agreements. The Cannabis Control Commission approved(...)

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Slow pot rollout costing state tax revenue

Slow pot rollout costing state tax revenue

Advocates say short staff, bureaucracy creating problems for legal sales

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SAYING MASSACHUSETTS HAS missed out on $16 million in marijuana taxes, officials behind the 2016 legal marijuana ballot question on Monday pointed to staffing levels and bureaucracy at the Cannabis Control Commission as potential reasons for the slow rollout of retail sales in Massachusetts. “The Cannabis Control Commission needs to pick(...)

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E-cigs pose big danger to teens

E-cigs pose big danger to teens

Let's tax the product to police the usage

NOW THAT MARIJUANA can be sold legally in Massachusetts, we want to remind you of an age-old problem: smoking in the boys’ room.  Indeed it is a problem in the girls’ room, too. Long before Motley Crue sang about ditching class for a smoke, students were lighting up when they thought no one was looking. (...)

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AG: Towns can’t ban medical pot

AG: Towns can’t ban medical pot

Decision reverses earlier ruling that opened the door for communities to prohibit medical sales

IN A STARTLING TURNAROUND, Attorney General Maura Healey has reversed her office’s decision that allowed communities to ban medical marijuana dispensaries after opening the door earlier this summer for cities and towns to block the dispensaries from coming to their communities. “The Attorney General’s Office is committed to ensuring that the marijuana legalization law is(...)

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Pot notes: Everything but the labs

Pot notes: Everything but the labs

Also, cannabis commission unveils public awareness campaign, Worc. County maintains application lead

THE STATE CANNABIS Control Commission approved seven more provisional licenses for recreational marijuana, bringing the total to 19 retail stores, cultivation facilities, and manufacturers. But the commission still has not approved any license for a testing laboratory and, by law, nothing can be sold without the approval of a licensed lab. Shawn Collins, executive director(...)

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Another twist for legal pot

Another twist for legal pot

Commission wants to review unlawful community host agreements, may reject licenses

THE STATE’S MARIJUANA oversight board wants to put a halt to communities demanding payments from legal pot businesses in excess of what’s allowed by law but the panel’s decision could move the opening of retail stores even further back. The Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday put off for two weeks a proposal by Commissioner Shaleen(...)

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Don’t drive stoned, state ad urges

Don’t drive stoned, state ad urges

Officials say driving drunk and driving on pot the same

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS on Wednesday launched a public awareness campaign to urge drivers to find alternate transportation if they have been drinking or using marijuana. An average of 125 drunk or high drivers die on Massachusetts roads each year, said Jennifer Queally, the undersecretary for public safety and security. A(...)

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State’s first pot store to open in Leicester

State’s first pot store to open in Leicester

Retail outlet likely to open after Labor Day

THE STATE’S CANNABIS Control Commission on Monday awarded its first license for a retail recreational pot store to a medical marijuana facility in Leicester, where sales will probably start sometime in September. The board unanimously approved the provisional license for Cultivate Holdings to add retail pot to the medical marijuana the company sells at the(...)

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