Boston’s First Recreational Marijuana Shop To Open Monday

Boston’s first recreational marijuana shop will open next week. Pure Oasis in Dorchester was approved for opening by the Cannabis Control Commission Thursday. The shop said it would open Monday, March 9 at 11 a.m.


How Much Cannabis Each State Sold in First Month of Legal Sales

Illinois dispensaries sold nearly $40 million dollars with of cannabis in the first 31 days of recreational cannabis sales, according to new numbers released last week.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced the number on Feb. 3. Officials said the final total of $39,247,840.83 came from the sale of 972,045 cannabis products at licensed retailers across the state.


Massachusetts’ cannabis sales worth over half of entire Canadian market

Dow do you like them apples?

In just over one year, legal cannabis sales in Massachusetts — a state with the population of 6.9 million — reached more than half of legal sales for the entire country of Canada, according to a U.S. national cannabis law firm.

All financial amounts in this story are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.

Cannabis retailers in the northeastern state sold around US$509 million ($677 million) worth of legal weed from November 2018 to the end of January 2020, Vicente Sederberg LLP data analysis calculated.


Massachusetts’ Cannabis Shops Report $420M In Sales In 2019

Recreational marijuana shops in Massachusetts raked in more than $420 million in sales in the first full calendar year of legalization, according to new state data.

The data released this week by the state’s Cannabis Control Commission shows marijuana sales in December alone had topped $10.7 million even before Christmas.

The data will be updated to show the full 2019 calendar year sometime in January.

Massachusetts imposes roughly 17% to 20% in taxes on marijuana, including a 6.25% sales tax, a 10.75% excise tax and an optional local tax of up to 3%.


Sales of most pot vape products can now resume in Massachusetts

Most marijuana vaping devices and products can now be sold in Massachusetts after the Cannabis Control Commission issued an adjusted quarantine order that took effect Thursday afternoon.

“Today’s ‘lifting’ of the quarantine order on cannabis vaping products by the CCC’s Executive Director Shawn Collins is reflective of the thorough, thoughtful, collaborative, and evidence-based approach he has led the CCC through,” David Torrisi, executive director of the Commonwealth Dispensary Association said in a statement.


Mass. Health Officials Admit Lung Patients May Have Used Illicit Vapes, Too

State health officials conceded Friday night that six Massachusetts patients suffering from probable cases of vaping-related lung illnesses may have used illicit marijuana vapes in addition to legal ones, a surprising revision from the day before when officials suggested products sold at licensed cannabis retailers were to blame for the ailments.


Massachusetts medical marijuana customers are buying cheap, good weed — in Maine

Ingrid Martinez is terminally ill and undergoing chemotherapy. Medical marijuana helps her alleviate her nausea and pain. Martinez, 50, a Lowell resident who worked in medical coding before she got sick, travels to Maine every three weeks or so to buy marijuana.

Although she has a Massachusetts medical marijuana card, she said marijuana costs too much in the Bay State. Martinez had to stop using marijuana at one point because she could not afford it. If she can buy more cheaply in Maine, Martinez said, “It’s there when I need it.”


What Travelers Need To Know About Flying With Weed

With the laws surrounding cannabis -- both marijuana and hemp -- constantly changing, confusion for cannabis consumers arises when it comes to traveling to and from states where weed is legal. This is especially true when it comes to flying with weed. 

Cannabis consumers should empower themselves with an understanding of the laws and regulations concerning cannabis so that they can consume weed legally and fly safely. First and foremost, that means knowing that marijuana possession is illegal under federal law. 


One Year Later, Massachusetts' Marijuana Sales Hit $393 Million

A year has passed since Massachusetts began sales its sale of legal adult-use cannabis and while the state showed no interest in rushing the matter, customers showed their interest as they rushed to the stores.  

It was a long road to get there. Massachusetts voters said yes to Question 4 in November of 2016, effectively legalizing cannabis for adult recreational use. In 2017, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill changing the law, successfully setting back the start of recreational sales by six months. After many other snags, the state’s Cannabis Control Commission finally approved key regulations in March of 2018. By October of 2018, just four cannabis shops had their licenses approved, with only two being open at the time of Massachusetts’ launch of retail cannabis sales. 


Boston Green-Lights Independent Cannabis Board To Boost Diversity In Industry

Boston is overhauling its process of reviewing marijuana businesses to boost involvement of minority entrepreneurs in Massachusetts’ burgeoning pot industry.

The City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance calling for the creation of an independent Cannabis Board to oversee local review of prospective marijuana businesses.

The proposal by Councilor Kim Janey also requires Boston to ensure that at least half of its marijuana licenses go to companies from communities affected by the war on drugs.


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