Massachusetts

Wed
17
Feb

With Washington watching, Mass. lawmakers need to take greater lead in marijuana efforts

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The Globe editorial board is correct that it’s time to end the failed war on marijuana at the federal level and begin to repair its harms to Black and brown communities (“Congressional Democrats look to end pot’s legal limbo,” Feb. 10). As Congress and the Biden administration explore what a reparative federal framework might look like, they will look to states like Massachusetts. Our leaders will determine whether we are a role model or a cautionary tale.

Mon
08
Feb

Home grown? Medical cannabis companies mostly out-of-state

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Once again, out-of-state business entities and owners took the majority of dispensary and processor permits for West Virginia’s long-awaited medical cannabis program.

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Office of Medical Cannabis announced that 100 dispensaries between 32 companies with locations in 23 counties had been selected. The Office of Medical Cannabis announced the selection of 10 growers in October 2020 and 10 processors in November 2020.

Tue
26
Jan

Massachusetts Dispensaries Sue Over Home Delivery Rules

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Massachusetts cannabis dispensaries are currently suing the state over the new, contentious, delivery regulations. 

Thu
21
Jan

Marijuana Retailers File Suit To Void Delivery Rules

Making good on a warning issued months ago, the organization that represents most of the state's marijuana retailers is suing the Cannabis Control Commission to invalidate the new regulations that create a separate category of businesses allowed to deliver non-medical marijuana directly to consumers.

Thu
21
Jan

States Enter the Billion Dollar Cannabis Club For 2020

As states report cannabis sales numbers for 2020, record highs continue across the country. It’s become a billion-dollar business for several states, blowing out levels that states had estimated when originally planning legalization.

Thu
14
Jan

What are the rules to grow marijuana legally in Massachusetts?

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A significant marijuana growing operation was found in Belchertown this week where police officers found hundreds of marijuana plants that violated the legal limit for growing marijuana at home. 

The Belchertown Fire Department received a call of a possible house fire and when they arrived at the home on West Street they noticed a significant growing operation allegedly run by two men from out of state. 

In Massachusetts, marijuana can be legally smoked and possessed but when it comes to growing the plant, there’s a legal limit. A limit that was well surpassed when Belchertown police and fire discovered a growing operation of more than 800 marijuana plants inside a Belchertown home on Monday night. 

Tue
05
Jan

MA Brings In $14.9M In Tax Revenue From Recreational Marijuana

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The city of Westfield received $45,000 this fiscal year that it didn’t get last year.

Quite the story in a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt city finances and everything — especially the revenue picture — seems to turn out worse than expectations.

The payment, for the fiscal year’s first quarter, came from the state as the city’s share of marijuana taxes collected this year for the first time. The city’s first marijuana retailer, Cannabis Connection, opened in June.

Mon
04
Jan

Massachusetts: Marijuana home delivery set to start in 2021

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Home delivery of adult-use cannabis – expected to start in 2021 – will include a three-year exclusivity period to level out the playing field for smaller companies affected by the drug war after a vote by state marijuana regulators.

The Cannabis Control Commission voted 3-1 on Nov. 30 for new adult-use marijuana regulations, including the home delivery structure for non-medical use marijuana. There will be two different types of delivery licenses available: courier and warehouse.

The courier model, similar to Uber Eats delivery services, involves orders from traditional brick-and-mortar dispensaries delivered to consumers for a fee.

Mon
21
Dec

Adult-use marijuana home delivery presents an exciting opportunity for public safety, equity, local revenue, and collaboration

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As Massachusetts begins its third year of legal adult-use marijuana sales and after more than one billion dollars in gross sales revenue, the commonwealth has proved it can efficiently regulate a safe and effective cannabis industry. However, the Cannabis Control Commission’s efforts remain ongoing, and the work ahead must be marked by deep collaboration between state and local government, industry, academia, and other key stakeholders to achieve a truly equitable industry that preserves and promotes public health and safety.

Tue
01
Dec

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission approves regulations for home delivery of pot

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Marijuana regulators in Massachusetts on Monday voted 3-1 in a virtual meeting to approve revised rules for the industry, including allowing the home delivery of pot.

The regulations create two types of delivery licenses:

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