Massachusetts

Mon
06
May

Mass. still has no clue how many people’s marijuana records should be cleared

With marijuana now legal in Massachusetts, thousands of people convicted of pot possession can have their records cleared, removing roadblocks to jobs, housing, adoption, and loans.

To that end, lawmakers last year created an option, as part of a broad criminal justice overhaul, for people to have their cannabis records expunged as if they never existed.

So how many people have had their records wiped clean? The state can’t exactly say, but the number is clearly very low.

Since the new system started six months ago, only 12 convictions — out of 219 requests — were expunged for all types of crimes.

Thu
02
May

Curaleaf bets $1.27 billion on cannabis oil in largest U.S. deal

Curaleaf Holdings Inc., the most valuable U.S. marijuana company, is making a big bet on cannabis oil.

The Massachusetts-based company is buying the regulated cannabis business of Cura Partners Inc., a maker of oil for vape pens, in a stock deal valued at about $1.27 billion (US$950 million). That makes it the largest acquisition so far between U.S. cannabis companies. Cura, based in Portland, Oregon, sells its Select brand marijuana products in more than 900 dispensaries, including in California, which is home to the world’s largest legal weed market. It had revenue of about US$117 million last year.

Acquiring Select gives Curaleaf a popular West Coast brand it can sell at its dispensaries around the U.S., according Boris Jordan, the company’s chairman.

Wed
01
May

$9 million donation given to Harvard and MIT to promote cannabis research

An alumnus of Harvard and MIT has made a donation to promote cannabis research at both schools.

In an announcement Tuesday, Charles R. Broderick said he is donating $9 million—split evenly between the two institutions—in support of research into how marijuana affects the brain and behavior.

It is, according to the schools, “the largest donation to date to support independent research of the science of cannabinoids.”

Broderick said the gift was driven by a desire “to fill the research void that currently exists in the science of cannabis.”

Tue
30
Apr

Massachusetts Lawmakers considering cannabis home delivery Laws

Regulators in Massachusetts have reached an agreement that would allow the home delivery of cannabis products in the state. If approved, the plan would also give communities affected by the War on Drugs an expedited path to representation in the state’s newly legal cannabis industry.

The state Cannabis Control Commission voted 4-1 on Friday to adopt a group of policies to implement the home delivery program. A final vote on the detailed regulations of the plan is expected from the commission next month, according to media reports.

Thu
25
Apr

New York's cannabis legalization struggles are a huge win for Massachusetts

As East Coast states struggle to legalize recreational cannabis, consumers are tuning to the legal pot shops of Massachusetts, writes Calvin Hughes.

The rollout of licensed cannabis retailers in Massachusetts has been slow, to say the least. But for the 15 lucky retailers who have opened their doors since the Bay State voted to legalize recreational cannabis in 2016, business is booming. And many have out-of-state shoppers to thank for that.

Thu
11
Apr

Marijuana-Infused Ice Cream Floated In Framingham, Massachusetts

As Framingham has cleared the way for six businesses applying for marijuana licenses to start negotiations with the mayor, one business stands out for its sweet appeal. Cloud Creamery makes marijuana-infused ice cream for hospitals and dispensaries. It was the first marijuana product manufacturer to get the green light from the Marijuana Advisory Team to move forward with negotiations.

Wed
10
Apr

Can marijuana help Alzheimer's patients?

People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s face bleak prospects. There’s no cure, and no effective treatment for the symptoms that often accompany memory loss — delusions, and even hallucinations, that can make patients agitated or aggressive.

But it’s possible marijuana might provide some relief.

A new study at McLean Hospital in Belmont will test the drug’s effect on dementia patients. And one local family with personal experience with dementia is making the study possible.

As Foxboro resident Alex Spier was grappling with dementia, he began to relive his childhood memories of the Holocaust. His son, Greg, said that before Alzheimer’s disease, Spier rarely spoke of those days.

Mon
08
Apr

1st Massachusetts farmers moving toward approval to grow marijuana outdoors

So far, all the marijuana sold in Massachusetts’ legal market has been grown indoors. But that could change.
 

The Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday approved the first two provisional licenses for companies that plan to grow marijuana outdoors in the Berkshires. The licenses went to Theory Wellness and BCWC, both medical marijuana companies that are also growing indoors.

Mon
01
Apr

Fast-growing hemp industry seen as $22B US operation in next three years

In a rush to jump into the now legal booming multibillion-dollar hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) industry, nearly 70 people in Massachusetts — six in Worcester County — have pending applications for licenses to grow or process the new high-money crop. Other owners of tens of thousands of acres of preserved agricultural land are betting on a bill that’s working it’s way through the state Legislature that will allow them to join a business that’s expected to be worth $22 billion by 2022.

Mon
01
Apr

Proposed marijuana dispensary plans to offer more than just products

Core Empowerment doesn’t want to open just another recreational marijuana shop.

The company, which secured approval last month from the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals, wants its Jamaica Plain dispensary to be a place that sparks conversation in the community and educates customers about the history of marijuana prohibition.

The dispensary will have what most dispensaries have: a wide variety of products on the menu and plenty of employees to help marijuana-buying rookies through the process.

But Core Empowerment will also have something that most dispensaries don’t: a social justice museum that highlights the effects of marijuana prohibition on the community.

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