Massachusetts

Thu
06
Aug

Massachusetts To Sell Previously Quarantined Vape Products

Massachusetts health officials are getting ready to phase vapes back in.

Last year, in November, Massachusetts quarantined at least 600,000 vape products during the vaping sickness scare. Now, these products can be retested and either sold or recycled into new products, as long as they pass additional testing performed at approved facilities. 

According to a press release from the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) in Massachusetts released Monday, now that three rounds of testing and a public comment period have passed, the businesses can proceed with making use of these products, as long as they are clearly labeled with warnings explaining they were previously quarantined after passing the testing cycle. 

Mon
13
Jul

Massachusetts Fines Three Cannabis Companies

Law 360 reported that the Massachusetts’ Cannabis Control Commission handed down hefty fines to three cannabis companies doing business in the state.

Wed
08
Jul

More states allowing telehealth consults for cannabis authorization

Until recently, the term “telehealth” was known in the medical community, but not the cannabis community.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak sent the country into lockdown, medical marijuana users in many states can now check in with a health care provider by video for authorization, rather than an in-person meeting.

According to MPP.org, 31 states currently allow telemedicine for cannabis patients – 11 of which have temporarily altered their laws as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic.

Mon
08
Jun

Massachusetts Parents Told To Leave Kids At Home For Curbside Cannabis Pickups

Massachusetts parents in the market for legal recreational cannabis will have to leave their kids at home while making curbside pickups at dispensaries under guidelines clarified by state regulators on Thursday. The decision to ban individuals younger than 21 from cars making cannabis pickups comes despite the lack of a similar restriction for curbside alcohol sales at liquor stores and breweries in the state.

Fri
05
Jun

List Of Cannabis Dispensaries Affected By Civil Unrest Grows

As protests and civil unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police continue in cities across the country, cannabis dispensaries from coast to coast have been the target of looters and organized thieves.

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.

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