Massachusetts

Tue
25
Sep

NH industry worries customers will go to Mass. to buy marijuana

With Massachusetts' first recreational marijuana dispensaries poised to open in a matter of weeks, some in New Hampshire's medical pot industry worry that patients will begin heading across the border for their medicine.

The number of qualified medical marijuana users has increased steadily - from 2,089 in April of 2016, when the first Granite State dispensary opened, to 4,753 at the end of 2017 - but access to the drug has remained a concern.

The New Hampshire Legislature expanded the program by adding chronic pain and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the list of conditions for which doctors can recommend marijuana and it passed legislation last session that will allow two more dispensaries to open in parts of the state that advocates say are underserved.

Mon
24
Sep

Working while high? Not really a thing, it turns out

Since Colorado legalized marijuana, the state has become a popular destination for so-called weed tourists. Johnny Welsh, a writer and bartender in Frisco, Colorado, a Rocky Mountain town near Vail, remembers when he would have the entire fall off work. "The restaurants closed, and you could travel the world," he told MoneyWatch, somewhat wistfully.

But while the tourists might be there to consume recreational pot, the same isn't true for the workers. Despite generally loosening standards, Coloradans aren't showing up in droves for work while high, according to drug-test data.

Wed
19
Sep

420Chatbots.com Introduces Full Service FAQ Chatbot Service for the Cannabis Industry and Launches ‘Bud, the 4/20 Chatbot’

Hudson, Massachusetts, USA – September 17 2018 –  420Chatbots.com, is the first full-service FAQ Chatbot solution designed specifically for the cannabis industry.  

FAQ chatbots will add tremendous value to businesses across the cannabis supply chain – production, wholesale, equipment, services or retail - by boosting customer engagement, improving user experience, dramatically increasing response time and cutting costs.  

An FAQ Chatbot added to a company’s website, social pages and other channels acts as a 24/7 customer service agent that can communicate using voice or text in over 100 languages.

Wed
19
Sep

Anti-marijuana Massachusetts politicians accepted pro-cannabis donations

It's not unusual that politicians get exposed as hypocrites, but sometimes the depth of that hypocrisy is still surprising. Several prominent Massachusetts politicians who spoke out against the state's referendum to legalize recreational marijuana were at the same time secretly accepting campaign donations from pro-cannabis organizations, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Tue
18
Sep

Massachusetts' first recreational marijuana sales could be days away

More than two months after recreational marijuana sales became legal in Massachusetts, the first wave of retailers is still working to open to the public. But the first sales could happen soon.

Eleven potential marijuana shops are awaiting site inspections, the last step before they can seek final approval of their business license applications from the Cannabis Control Commission, Massachusetts’ marijuana authority.

Mon
17
Sep

Massachusetts credit union to provide banking services for cannabis companies

GFA Federal Credit Union will begin working with MA weed businesses on October 1.

Massachusetts’ retail cannabis market is perhaps a week or two away. For Massachusetts’ cannabis consumers and business owners, the official start of retail sales has been a long time coming. For regulators and law enforcement, however, several major concerns remain unsettled.

Wed
12
Sep

Advocacy group threatens Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission with Lawsuit

An advocacy group for cannabis growers in Massachusetts plans to sue the Cannabis Control Commission in order to push them to review the agreements between businesses and their host towns, an issue they believe has greatly contributed to the slow rollout of retail marijuana.

The president of the Massachusetts Grower Advocacy Council, Peter Bernard, said that group will speak with its attorney on Wednesday and will likely take the lawsuit to court.

“We just want them to review these going forward and strike down offending contractual clauses going backwards,” said Bernard.

Wed
05
Sep

Cannabis company aims to reproduce rare cannabinoids using DNA

Gingko Bioworks and Cronos Group want to replace greenhouse cultivation with genetic engineering.

The Boston-based biotech firm Gingko Bioworks Inc. recently announced a major partnership with Canadian cannabis company Cronos Group Inc. to work on what could be a groundbreaking and potentially epoch-shifting innovation in cannabis production.

Taking a page straight out of Jurassic Park, Gingko wants to use plant DNA to genetically (re)produce cannabinoids directly, without growing the cannabis plants that naturally produce them.

Thu
30
Aug

Elizabeth Warren says marijuana bill will get a vote if Democrats win the senate

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma.) said she is confident that Democrats would vote on a marijuana bill that would allow states to regulate marijuana without federal interference should they retake the Senate in November.

"I feel confident that if the Democrats recapture the Senate we’ll get a vote on this, and the vote will carry," Warren said in an interview with Rolling Stone of the bipartisan bill, which Warren co-sponsored. "I think we’ve got the votes for this." 

Wed
29
Aug

Woman charged for ‘gifting’ cannabis, although it's completely legal in Massachusetts

The district attorney's office claims that there's "sufficient evidence to suggest a crime had been committed."

In November 2016, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot initiative legalizing marijuana for recreational use. But nearly two years later, there are still no stores licensed to sell pot to the public. One business owner now she faces criminal charges for trying to find a way around the roadblock.

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