Massachusetts

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.

Mon
19
Oct

From CBDs to sanitizer: $63k grant will help Heritage Hemp expand hand sterilizer

For a company that specializes in manufacturing of hemp-derived CBD products such as tinctures, gummies and vapes, producing hand sanitizer may not be what most people would expect.

But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit earlier this year amid a shortage of personal protective equipment, Northampton business Heritage Hemp LLC realized that the ethanol it uses in its extraction process could be used to make hand sanitizer. Now, the company has received a $63,352 grant from the state to buy equipment that will expand its hand sanitizer production about tenfold, according to Jake Goodyear, president of Heritage Hemp.

Fri
02
Oct

The Age of Cannabis Delivery

The timeline of cannabis in America is certainly a tumultuous one. From being spiritually and ritualistically used by Native Americans, to being vilified and criminalized by early 1900’s government officials leading to a 75 year prohibition, to an explosive “war on drugs” that had a choke hold on American culture for over two decades, marijuana and its users have been on a seriously wild ride.

Wed
30
Sep

Marijuana edibles must not look like candy

Marijuana edibles are not for children — yet they look often look like candy, which is. Unsurprisingly, since many states legalized marijuana sales and consumption, there’s been an uptick in the number of children getting into their parents’ stash of edibles, and eating them like, well, candy.

Here in Massachusetts, South Shore Health reports that its pediatric emergency department has seen a rise in cases involving kids who’ve become ill after eating candies, chocolates, sours and “gummies” that contain THC over the past few months.

The health system told NewsCenter 5 that a teenager was treated in the emergency department last week after having consumed five fruit-flavored candies that each contained 600 mg of THC.

Tue
29
Sep

Massachusetts health care system reports uptick in children becoming sick from THC-laced edibles

A Massachusetts health care system said it is seeing an uptick in children becoming sick after ingesting candies, chocolates and gummies containing THC.

South Shore Health, located in Weymouth, said the many of the THC-laced edibles are packaged to look like brand name candies and snacks.

“Over the past few months, South Shore Health’s pediatric emergency department noted an uptick in incidences involving children who have become ill after ingesting products such as candies, chocolates, sours and ‘gummies’ containing THC,” South Shore Health said in a news release. “One case involved gummies which were packaged to look nearly identical to a leading brand of children’s vitamins.”

Mon
28
Sep

Massachusetts marijuana regulators close in on cannabis home delivery plan

The Cannabis Control Commission filled in the blanks Thursday of its long-discussed marijuana home delivery rules, agreeing upon a framework that creates two types of delivery licenses and settling on a timeline that would have new cannabis industry rules in place in about a month.

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