Massachusetts

Thu
26
Nov

Marijuana Retailers Ready To Sue Over Delivery Rules

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Commissioners seem ready to close out a bumpy policy-setting process next week with a vote to adopt new regulations that would reshape the legal marijuana industry to include a home delivery aspect, but that decision could give way to a legal challenge in short order.

Through an attorney, some existing marijuana retailers recently threatened to sue the Cannabis Control Commission if it votes to adopt its latest set of industry rules on Monday, as is expected. Though the new regulations affect the entire marijuana industry, the provisions that would allow a new class of licensees to deliver marijuana to customers at home have drawn the most controversy.

Wed
18
Nov

Central Mass. greener as state cannabis sales hit $1B

Recreational marijuana shops in the state have surpassed $1 billion in gross sales, the state Cannabis Control Commission announced earlier this month, just under two years from the first sales.

In other words, people sure like their pot. 

“This sales milestone represents licensees’ ability to successfully support a safe, accessible and effective adult-use industry, and I am pleased the resulting tax benefits will have a significant impact on communities throughout the Commonwealth,” Commission Chairman Steven J. Hoffman said in a statement. 

Indeed, that revenue is welcomed.

Tue
10
Nov

10 Best Places To Start A Cannabis Business in the U.S.

Starting a cannabis business in the US takes a lot of planning, effort, and patience.

However, it’s doable if you choose the best US state for such a business.

According to some of the most recent statistics, the cannabis industry is among the fastest-growing industries globally.

Therefore, it’s a perfect time to start this type of business.

Wed
04
Nov

Mass. retailers pass $1 billion in cannabis sales

Four years to the day after Massachusetts legalized recreational marijuana, the state announced that cannabis businesses across the state have surpassed $1 billion in non-medical cannabis sales. 

According to the Cannabis Control Commission, 80 Massachusetts marijuana retailers, as of Oct. 30, reported $1,000,521,905 in sales since stores opened in November 2018.

Mon
02
Nov

The 21 Ballot Measures We’re Watching This Election

People who say that the U.S. is a republic and not a democracy apparently haven’t heard of ballot measures. Every year, some states1 allow citizens to bypass their elected representatives and weigh in directly on an issue — bringing policy to the forefront of the campaign in a way it often is not in candidate elections.

Wed
28
Oct

Massachusetts cannabis regulators delay marijuana delivery rules after objections from lawmakers

There will be no vote this week on the Cannabis Control Commission’s latest rewrite of its regulations, including the marijuana delivery framework recently agreed to, after all.

Wed
28
Oct

Workers’ Comp Off Limits for Medical Marijuana, Court Rules

Employees who use medical marijuana to cope with a work-related injury can’t get reimbursed for it through workers’ compensation, Massachusetts’ highest court held Tuesday. 

If workers’ comp insurers had to pay for marijuana, they could in theory be charged with a federal crime since it’s still illegal under federal law to aid or abet someone in using pot, the court said. 

Tue
27
Oct

Massive raid takes out illegal mail order weed ring that supplied nine states

A massive raid involving hundreds of investigators and 27 simultaneous search warrants in nine communities in Washington State has taken down an illegal weed-mailing ring based out of Seattle.

Mon
26
Oct

A look back at four years of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts

As the four-year anniversary of the legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts nears, the state has made monumental progress in moving an entire industry from the alleyways into the light.

As of Oct. 9, a total of 689 licenses have been approved in Massachusetts, which includes 268 retail establishments. In total, the commission has received 904 completed applications to operate in over 160 municipalities. As of Oct. 10, 77 dispensary locations have commenced operations in the state.

Wed
21
Oct

Massachusetts cannabis regulators put cap on number of marijuana delivery licenses

After wading through a raft of comments from municipal leaders, established industry players and advocates, marijuana regulators on Tuesday ironed out the final wrinkles of their plan to establish a structure for home delivery of marijuana and create new business opportunities -- and rejected a proposal to delay delivery until 2023.

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