Marijuana

Do your job, lawmakers tell pot agency

Do your job, lawmakers tell pot agency

Rep expresses concern about commission's sense of urgency

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS THE CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION weighs asking legislators to revisit the marijuana law to clarify requirements related to the agreements marijuana businesses are required to enter into with their host municipalities, the two lawmakers who wrote the law say no such fix is necessary. The commission has been wrestling with host(...)

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Worcester County emerging as marijuana central

Worcester County emerging as marijuana central

16 applications filed there; no other county has more than 5

WITH THE JULY 1 TARGET DATE for legal pot sales looming, Worcester County is emerging as marijuana central in Massachusetts. According to data presented at the Cannabis Control Commission meeting on Tuesday, residents of the central Massachusetts county that stretches from the state’s northern border to the Connecticut and Rhode Island state lines have filed(...)

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State pot bank a long shot

The chairman of the  Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission floated the idea of opening a state-run bank to serve marijuana businesses, but the idea faces a lot of hurdles. Steve Hoffman, the chairman of the commission, told the Boston Globe that no local banks or credit unions are willing to provide financial services to marijuana businesses(...)

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The race to get pot regs

One of the key components in legalizing marijuana for those who backed the referendum was to ensure equitable access to the market by disadvantaged communities, especially communities of color who have long been shown to be disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system for drug-related crimes. When the Legislature passed its fix to the law last(...)

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Cannabis Commission may be scrambling for funds

Cannabis Commission may be scrambling for funds

Initial $2m budget is unlikely to stretch that far

THE STATE COMMISSION CHARGED with implementing the new legal marijuana law is starting its work with no money in its coffers and uncertainty about whether it will have sufficient funds to set up the permitting process needed to oversee a billion-dollar industry from scratch. State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, whose office was given autonomy over the(...)

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Marijuana law must address race impact of War on Drugs

Marijuana law must address race impact of War on Drugs

Pending bill reintroduces regressive policies that voters rejected

IN NOVEMBER, MASSACHUSETTS voters chose to move our state’s drug policy into the 21st century by rejecting the failed War on Drugs and becoming the first state in the Eastern half of the country to legalize cannabis. Now, the Legislature is considering a bill which would reintroduce some of the same regressive principles that voters(...)

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For marijuana law, now the ‘Grown-Up’s Hour’

For marijuana law, now the ‘Grown-Up’s Hour’

State has long history of applying legislative fixes to ballot questions

MANY OF US have listened to Longfellow’s poem that reminds us that there “Comes a pause in the day’s occupations, that is known as the Children’s Hour.” Now that democracy has worked its magic in Massachusetts with the legalization of recreational use of marijuana, I suggest it is time for the Grown-Up’s Hour when it(...)

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The shock heard ‘round the world

The shock heard ‘round the world

Trump stuns the established order

DONALD TRUMP WAS elected president, upending the expectations set by virtually every poll going into Tuesday’s election. He won despite alienating and attacking everyone from Hispanics to Gold Star families, calling war hero (and fellow Republican) John McCain a loser, and boasting of his celebrity-fueled ability to grab women’s genitals at will. None of it(...)

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AAA says marijuana OUI laws useless

AAA says marijuana OUI laws useless

Auto club research says there is no standard to determine impairment

THE RESEARCH ARM of AAA says states that set legal limits for marijuana driving impairment have no scientific basis for the standards and urged a national effort to adopt uniform tests to ensure road safety. “Legal limits for marijuana and driving are arbitrary and unsupported by science, which could result in unsafe motorists going free(...)

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