Massachusetts

Thu
12
Jul

US Attorney in Massachusetts will let legal market proceed

He issued his most reasonable statements yet on the new industry.

After inducing months of headaches for Massachusetts’ budding marijuana industry, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling has signaled he will get out of the way, saying in a statement that although the drug remains illegal at the federal level his office would avoid prosecuting state-legal pot companies in most cases.

Wed
11
Jul

Boston firm offers marijuana-friendly lodging

Good news for toking tourists on their way to Boston: There’s a new collection of marijuana-themed short-term rentals in town, ready to uplift visitors in ways chain hotels cannot. Chocolate on your pillow? That’s so pre-legalization — try a lozenge infused with the cannabis compound CBD instead. Tiny bottles of shampoo? More like tiny bottles of hemp-infused shampoo. A book of coupons to local restaurants on the desk? Replace “local restaurants” with “local dispensary” and you’re starting to get the idea.

These are the offerings at roughly 200 furnished apartments around the Boston area now available for rent from 420 Suites, a spinoff of corporate rental firm Northeast Suites that’s launching this month.

Wed
11
Jul

Marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, but the feds are still looking to prosecute cases here in these three areas

US Attorney Andrew Lelling, the top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts, on Tuesday pointed to three marijuana-related areas his office plans to focus on as the state keeps moving into the era of legal pot.

The Cannabis Control Commission, the new state agency tasked with overseeing the burgeoning industry, has started issue the licenses needed for retail pot shops to open in Massachusetts.

Fri
06
Jul

Massachusetts finally has a recreational dispensary, but it can’t sell weed yet

Massachusetts’ recreational market was supposed to open on July 1. The latest holdup is a lack of licensed labs for testing cannabis.

Massachusetts’ recreational market was slated to open on July 1st, but it only just licensed its first recreational dispensary and it likely won’t be open for weeks.

The state’s Cannabis Control Commission granted Cultivate Holdings of Leicester in central Massachusetts a license to sell recreational marijuana at its current medical dispensary. Customers won’t be able to purchase any recreational cannabis there—or anywhere else—until the CCC approves its first license for a testing lab.

Mon
02
Jul

Massachusetts recreational marijuana retail delayed again

Will Massachusetts ever start their recreational marijuana retail?

Retail sales of cannabis will not begin in Massachusetts on July 1 as planned, it was announced this week. Steven Hoffman, chairman of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), told local media that regulators have not yet licensed an independent testing laboratory for recreational marijuana. He said the CCC has not received any completed applications for a testing lab and so far only one applicant has begun the process.

Mon
02
Jul

Recreational marijuana in Massachusetts: What should employers know?

Beginning July 1, 2018, recreational marijuana can be legally sold, taxed, and consumed in Massachusetts—one of nine states, in addition to Washington, D.C., that now permits recreational marijuana use. Massachusetts already is one of 29 states that allow marijuana use for medicinal purposes (and 17 others permit certain low-THC cannabis products for medical reasons).

Thu
28
Jun

Neighboring states have loosened their pot laws, but marijuana is still illegal in NH

It’s the summer of weed for neighboring states that have legalized recreational marijuana. The road to New Hampshire, though, remains one big “pot” hole. Pot is still illegal here.

It’s a point underscored in an interview with Tuftonborough Police Chief Andrew Shagoury, president of the N.H. Association of Chiefs of Police.

He is anticipating an increase in marijuana-related hospital visits, youth pot smoking, and impaired driving in the Granite State. "It's going to spill over our borders," he says. (Scroll down for more on N.H. law, and the state's study of legalization.) So what's legal in neighoring states? Here's a snapshot.

Wed
27
Jun

Another barrier to Massachusetts marijuana sales: Lack of testing labs

Even if retail marijuana facilities are ready to open in the near future, they may face another hurdle: getting their products tested.

So far, not a single independent testing lab has submitted a completed application to the Cannabis Control Commission.

That poses a problem, since adult-use marijuana cannot be sold legally under state law until the products are tested by an independent lab. The labs need to make sure the products are pure and are not contaminated.

"I have concerns about the supply chain in the absence of a functional testing lab," said Commissioner Britte McBride at a Cannabis Control Commission meeting Tuesday.

Fri
22
Jun

First Massachusetts marijuana business license awarded to Sira Naturals

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission granted the state's first marijuana business license, allowing Sira Naturals, Inc. to move ahead with cultivation at its existing Milford facility.

Sira Naturals, which currently uses the facility for medical marijuana, was granted a provisional license through a unanimous vote of the five-member commission on Thursday.

The company was quick to note in a press release that it's the first to receive a marijuana business license on the US eastern seaboard.

Shawn Collins, the commission's executive director, said the company plans to have the Milford facility fully operational - 20,000 square feet -- on the recreational marijuana side within four months.

Wed
20
Jun

The first Massachusetts marijuana business license could go to this company

Sira Naturals, Inc. could get the first marijuana business license in Massachusetts.

The five-member Cannabis Control Commission, the agency charged with overseeing the state's legal marijuana industry, is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to give the company a tier 3 cultivation license.

Massachusetts voters broadly legalized recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and over through a ballot question in November 2016. Medical marijuana was approved by voters in 2012.

A tier 3 cultivation license means they can grow between 10,001 and 20,000 square feet of marijuana. A licensed cultivator can cultivate, process and package marijuana, and transfer and deliver marijuana products to marijuana establishments, but not to consumers.

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