Massachusetts

Thu
21
Mar

As Mass. weighs social marijuana consumption, chefs test out the budding business

Tara Sue Sharp dotes over a skillet of mushrooms. She sips a cannabis oil-infused mocktail as she readies a meal for a small group of guests. Even though Sharpe has cooked these farm-to-table mushroom tostadas dozens of times before, she’s extra careful now as she adds the key ingredient: a tablespoon of homemade cannabis oil slowly drizzled over over the already-simmering vegetables.

Tue
19
Mar

The status of cannabis in Massachusetts

Recreational use of cannabis is now legal in Massachusetts. This is a massive victory for personal freedom and a clear sign of progress for those still in dire need of natural and clean alternatives to traditional medicines.

Along with this legalization, many are curious whether they should still get their medical marijuana cards or wait for more recreational dispensaries to open across the state.

Mon
18
Mar

New coalition, Alternative Treatment for Veterans, works to give veterans easier access to medical marijuana

Iraq War veteran Stephen Mandile was prescribed 57 medications over 10 years of treatment through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and pain from a spinal cord injury.

Eventually, he tried to kill himself.

He says things got better after he started using medical marijuana when the first Massachusetts dispensary opened in 2015. “I was able to get off of all my other medications and have an improvement in quality of life from making the switch to cannabis," Mandile said. “It helps me with pain and other issues more than any other medication really could without turning me off completely and not being able to feel anything.”

Thu
14
Mar

Hemp is a new opportunity for Massachusetts farmers -- but current state law is locking them out

Growing hemp is now legal in Massachusetts, and in the United States. But many Massachusetts farmers still cannot grow hemp due to a barrier posed by state law relating to the definition of agricultural land.

Lawmakers are considering whether to change that law through a provision that could emerge soon for a final vote.

“We see farmers very interested in trying to diversify their crops,” said Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, who introduced a bill to change the law. “This stands to be a profitable crop as well. It’s useful for the commonwealth and for farmers trying to make a living.”

Thu
14
Mar

Cannabis Control Commission considering changes to recreational, medical marijuana regulations

Medical marijuana patients and recreational consumers gave state regulators plenty to consider as the Cannabis Control Commission sets out this spring to revise and republish the regulations governing both medical and non-medical marijuana sectors.

Tue
26
Feb

Marketing marijuana: Industry experts weigh in on how to handle it in Mass.

Marijuana business hopefuls are eyeing different ways to market their products in Massachusetts as they face increasing competition, along with a strict regulatory structure.

There are nine open retail shops and dozens of medicinal marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts. With additional shops and dispensaries in the regulatory pipeline, marketing has become a bigger focus for people in the industry.

Victor Pinho, the California director of the Cannabis Marketing Association, moderated a recent panel of four industry leaders in Boston’s Seaport District. “We’re building this industry as things are changing along the way,” Pinho said.

Fri
22
Feb

Marijuana regulators consider limiting home delivery licenses to small businesses and ‘equity’ applicants

State marijuana regulators are counting on new home delivery companies to help bring social equity into the legal cannabis industry, by considering giving “equity” applicants and small businesses exclusive access to the initial licenses.

“By making delivery licenses exclusive to equity applicants for the first five years, the Cannabis Advisory Board hopes that will actually create more opportunities in the cannabis market for communities disproportionately affected by the drug war,” said Matt Allen, field director of the Massachusetts ACLU and a Cannabis Advisory Board member.

Massachusetts state law requires that state regulators make an effort to open up the marijuana industry to communities that were disproportionately affected by enforcement of marijuana laws.

Thu
07
Feb

Harvard study shows men who smoke cannabis have higher sperm counts

Researchers at Harvard University found that cannabis could affect a man’s fertility, but not in the way you might think.

The surprising results from the research found that men who regularly smoke cannabis have higher sperm counts than men who don’t smoke. The findings were published in the journal Human Reproduction earlier this week and have received worldwide attention since previously it was thought that cannabis consumption will negatively affect a man’s sperm count.

Fri
11
Jan

Gomes says he regrets marijuana zoning vote

Councilors stood and debated the future of marijuana in the city Thursday night.

Marijuana motions cluttered the agenda, however Councilor-at-Large Brian Gomes’ motion created the majority of the discussion.

Gomes requested that the City Council forward a letter of request to the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) as to whether New Bedford is following state law regarding marijuana establishments in the city. The motion further ask that the CCC review the application and the zoning map and report back to City Council as to whether they meet the laws of the state’s Cannabis Commission.

Fri
11
Jan

Massachusetts cannabis board plans to write regulations for marijuana cafes, home delivery by summer

The Cannabis Control Commission hopes to finalize regulations for social consumption and home delivery of marijuana by this summer.

Chairman Steve Hoffman said Thursday that the commission intends to produce draft regulations by April, which will be available for public comment, with final regulations submitted to the secretary of state in June.

Social consumption means the opening of places like marijuana cafes or bars, or movie theaters and yoga studios that also sell marijuana.

Although Hoffman could not say when social consumption sites or home delivery would actually begin in Massachusetts, that appears to be a more aggressive timeline than regulators previously envisioned.

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