Massachusetts

Mon
20
Apr

Judge Upholds Closure of Massachusetts Adult-Use Cannabis Shops

A Massachusetts judge has upheld Gov. Charlie Baker’s order to close recreational cannabis retailers during the coronavirus pandemic, ruling against adult-use dispensary owners who challenged the closures in court. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Kenneth W. Salinger said in a decision handed down on Thursday that the plaintiffs are unlikely to win their case and denied their request to allow the shops to reopen.  

Mon
13
Apr

Massachusetts marijuana dispensaries sue governor over COVID-19 shutdown

Four recreational marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts are suing Governor Charlie Baker over his refusal to allow them to continue operating during the state’s partial coronavirus shutdown.

Although Baker decided against a statewide lockdown, the governor ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses on March 24 in an effort to contain the spreading of COVID-19. 

The list of designated businesses that provide essential services amid the pandemic excluded recreational marijuana dispensaries out of fear that out-of-staters might cross into Massachusetts to buy weed during the crisis and potentially spread the deadly virus.

Medical marijuana patients will have continued access to their prescriptions during the emergency set to last at least until May 4.

Wed
08
Apr

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Applications Jump Amid Closure Of Adult-Use Shops

Applications for medical marijuana cards have spiked in Massachusetts with the closure of the state’s adult-use cannabis dispensaries that was ordered to slow the spread of the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus. The increase in patient registrations comes after regulations that govern the medicinal cannabis program were relaxed in response to the outbreak.

Tue
07
Apr

Medical marijuana registrations spike as recreational stores close due to coronavirus

The global coronavirus pandemic has upended significant swaths of the economy in Massachusetts and the relatively-young legal marijuana industry is no exception.

Just as it was finding a groove and getting more retail marijuana stores open all around the state, the Cannabis Control Commission has ordered a halt to all non-medical marijuana business and is looking for ways to support the fledgling industry and its workers, and to be ready to resume the rollout of adult-use retail when the COVID-19 public health emergency abates.

Thu
02
Apr

Massachusetts: No Adult-Use Cannabis Sales amid COVID-19

Cannabis sales are rising in the US and Canada amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. Canada has declared that marijuana is an essential item. In some US states, medical cannabis is an essential item now. However, some states aren’t allowing recreational cannabis sales yet. Massachusetts wants to put a stop to recreational cannabis sales amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thu
26
Mar

Closed Massachusetts Dispensaries Pivot To Making Hand Sanitizer

Several Massachusetts recreational marijuana businesses that were ordered closed during a stay-at-home order issued in response to the spreading coronavirus pandemic are now manufacturing hand sanitizer to be used by local health care workers. 

Wed
25
Mar

'It's Very Tough': Retailers Across Mass. Shut Down Under State Order Worry About Future

Retailers across Massachusetts are closing their doors Tuesday, after Gov. Charlie Baker ordered all non-essential businesses in the state to close for at least two weeks.

The move is an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Grocery stores, pharmacies and other businesses considered essential by the state can remain open.

In Central Square in Cambridge, many of the businesses that line Mass. Ave. already closed before Baker's order. But some retailers tried to stay open.

Tue
17
Mar

The busiest pot shop in Massachusetts has halted recreational sales amid coronavirus outbreak

The busiest recreational marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts has halted sales to the general public, as others ban walk-in customers to comply with new rules aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

In response to Gov. Charlie Baker’s new restrictions on public gatherings, New England Treatment Access announced Monday that their store in Brookline will only be open to medical patients going forward — and that adult-use purchases would be “temporarily paused.”

Fri
13
Mar

Coronavirus and Cannabis Conventions – List of Cancelled Industry Events

The novel coronavirus continuing to spread around the world has taken the “work-from-home” concept to a whole new level.

At the moment, the global M.O. is to stay home as much as possible. Thankfully, we live in a time where that couldn’t be any easier. With abundant remote work opportunities, numerous product delivery options, and a slew of virtual services available, leaving the house is completely voluntary for some people.

Wed
11
Mar

The Marijuana Industry Already Employs A Quarter Million Workers

The marijuana industry supported 240,000 jobs nationwide as 2020 began, according to a Leafly study that focuses on the cannabis job market. That’s 15 percent more marijuana-related jobs than at the beginning of 2019.

That percentage translates into 33,700 new jobs in 2019, with Massachusetts, Illinois, and Oklahoma leading the way on cannabis industry job growth.

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