Massachusetts

Wed
03
Jun

Mass. Eases Restrictions, But Cannabis Retailers Are Still Struggling

Recreational sales of marijuana have started back up in Massachusetts. Only medical marijuana was deemed essential, so recreational sales were cut off for a full two months.  Adult-use cannabis fell under Phase 1 of Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to get Massachusetts up and running again.

Re-opening for recreational cannabis retailers comes with a caveat, though: businesses can only participate in curbside pickup. In Phase 2, those retailers will be permitted to open their doors for a limited capacity. Phase 2 is targeted for June 8th but that date could change.

Wed
27
May

Massachusetts Pot Shops Reopen; Customers Line Up For Curbside Marijuana Pickup

Long lines formed outside some Massachusetts pot shops Monday as recreational marijuana retailers were allowed to reopen for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced them to close in March.

Customers can now order in advance and pick up their purchases curbside. A long line of cars wrapped around the parking lot outside Solar Therapeutics in Somerset Monday morning.

And in Dorchester, dozens of customers stood on the sidewalk outside Pure Bliss, the first pot shop to open in Boston.

“I thought that I could just show up and purchase something,” said Katrina Murchinson of Roxbury, who was unaware that orders needed to be placed online or by phone before picking up.

Fri
22
May

New Poll Shows Those Living In Cannabis-Legal States Consider The Law Successful

For residents in states that have legalized marijuana, the grass is indeed greener on their side.

That’s the takeaway from new polling data released earlier this month. The survey, from pollster YouGov, found that in “many states where recreational cannabis is legal, a plurality of citizens believes these laws have been more of a success than a failure overall.” 

Fri
22
May

Marijuana Industry Soars In Midwest, Even As Pandemic Lockdown Continues

As Illinois went through its first full month of coronavirus-related lockdown, an interesting thing happened with marijuana sales. Rather than drop, recreational marijuana sales reached $37.7 million, the highest total sales since Illinois legalized adult-use cannabis in January of 2020.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s can take credit for the soaring sales - or, at least, for not impeding them. Rather than close dispensaries, Pritzker made them an essential business, allowing them to stay open even as he put the state under stay-at-home orders that now extend through May.

Tue
19
May

Massachusetts reopening plan for recreational marijuana calls for curbside delivery to start May 25

After being shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced recreational marijuana stores can reopen on May 25 for curbside delivery only as part of a comprehensive statewide reopening plan unveiled Monday.

Fri
15
May

Poll: Respondents in Adult-Use Marijuana States Say Legalization Has Been Successful

Most adults living in states where marijuana use is legal view the policy change as successful, according to state-specific polling data compiled by YouGov.com.

Respondents in California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, and Washington were asked their opinion regarding whether their state’s adult-use legalization policy “has been a success or a failure.”

Tue
12
May

Massachusetts marijuana delivery license applications on track to launch in May

Massachusetts marijuana companies are getting closer to being able to offer delivery of retail cannabis, as some state regulators on Thursday said they believe delivery is a priority during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

But one commissioner said she was concerned about the safety of delivery amid the pandemic.

The application for a delivery license is expected to be released on May 28, Cannabis Control Commission Executive Director Shawn Collins said during the commission’s meeting on Thursday, which was live-streamed and held virtually.

Wed
06
May

‘Local cannabis companies face extinction;’ Recreational marijuana businesses plead with Mass. lawmakers for state loan program amid pandemic

It took almost two years for Massachusetts marijuana company T. Bear, Inc., to receive approval to commence operations, which finally came down on March 20, recounted owner and CEO Angela Brown.

That approval authorized the East Wareham company to start operations on March 24, which happened to end up being the day an order from the governor shut down businesses deemed non-essential, including marijuana companies.

Mon
27
Apr

Indoor Cannabis Cultivations Powered by the Wind

Wind technology is growing to become a cost-saving and sustainable way to help power indoor cannabis operations.

Solar power has long been discussed as a way for indoor cannabis cultivators to lower energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint. However, as of recent, wind power is now being considered as a viable solution to some of the energy and environmental concerns the indoor cultivation industry faces.

Mon
27
Apr

1 Thing You Should Do Before Buying a Pot Stock

Investing in cannabis has never been more challenging than it is today. There are many pot stocks to choose from and not all of them carry the same risks. In addition to cash flow and profitability, investors need to consider how much growth to expect from the company as well as the stock's current valuation.

However, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, there's another item that needs to enter the equation: Where its operations are. Being in the wrong state could prove to be catastrophic.

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