Massachusetts

Thu
27
Dec

Massachusetts also considering banning employers from firing people for using marijuana

Last week politicians in Oregon announced their plans to ban companies from firing workers for using legal marijuana. And it appears the state of Massachusetts will be joining them in that effort, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Fri
21
Dec

Recreational marijuana sales took in $2.27 million last week

Recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts brought in $2.27 million last week.

The figures, which include sales from Dec. 10 through Dec. 16, reflect the opening of the first recreational marijuana shop in eastern Massachusetts.

Alternative Therapies Group in Salem opened its adult-use store on Saturday, Dec. 15 by appointment only. So the numbers include a weekend of sales from Salem as well as sales from the first two recreational stores in the state, which opened last month in Northampton and Leicester. The Cannabis Control Commission did not break out sales figures by store.

Thu
20
Dec

Springfield mayor vetoes marijuana sales tax for neighborhoods, saying set amount is too high

A new City Council order that would direct part of the sales taxes from new marijuana retail shops to be placed in a special fund for neighborhood needs was vetoed Wednesday by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, who said he believed the approved amount was too high.

It marked the second veto by Sarno in the past two days relating to action at Monday's City Council meeting.

“I have not chosen to veto this order because I disagree with the Council’s motivation for creating this fund,” Sarno said in his veto message. “I am not comfortable with setting the amount at 50 % as a starting point. We can continue to look at this as we get a clearer picture of the actual revenue generated.”

Thu
20
Dec

A running list of recreational marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts — and those soon to open

Slowly but surely, more marijuana dispensaries are sprouting up to begin recreational sales in Massachusetts.

Following the first legal adult-use sales in November, the Cannabis Control Commission has continued to approve new pot shops across the state on a rolling basis, so customers won’t always be forced to drive long distances or endure multi-hour waits to make a purchase.

However, with the rollout still in its early stages, dispensaries have had to take special measures to handle the crush of customers, such as imposing limits on individual sales (beyond the state’s one-ounce maximum) or re-routing visitors to satellite parking lots.

Tue
18
Dec

Cannabis company shut down for using dangerous pesticides on products

Considering recreational marijuana sales just began in Massachusetts, you'd think everything cannabis-related in the news would be positive. But apparently one of the state's growers may be using dangerous pesticides on their products, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Wed
12
Dec

Third Mass. marijuana shop to open in Salem Saturday

A third Massachusetts pot shop selling recreational marijuana is set to open in Salem on Saturday.

The Massachusetts Cannabis Commission tweeted Tuesday that Alternative Therapies Group, Inc, which already serves as a medical marijuana dispensary, may begin retail operations in Salem in three calendar days.

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll said in a statement that the city has coordinated for weeks with ATG, police and the MBTA in preparation of recreational marijuana sales starting. Only those with an appointment can buy marijuana. Reservations can be made online at www.atgma.org.

Mon
10
Dec

After marijuana helps patriarch with Alzheimer's, his family pushes for more research

A Massachusetts family’s experience giving marijuana edibles to their dying patriarch is set to kick off a desperately needed investigation into how cannabis might treat some of the more troubling symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that affects 5.7 million Americans.

Mon
10
Dec

For Massachusetts city and town officials eyeing marijuana businesses, this forum seeks to demystify the new industry

With two marijuana retail shops open and more on the way, city and town officials across Massachusetts are weighing traffic concerns, crowd control and other issues they'll see if they decide to welcome the new industry.

State regulators hope those officials will get some answers at a December 18 forum in Boston. The forum is open to the public.

"I imagine that the towns or the communities that are potentially next in line are probably looking at the landscape and anticipating what they need to do in order to prepare, and I think that that's a really healthy exercise," said Britte McBride, who is spearheading the forum as a member of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, the regulatory body overseeing the new marijuana industry.

Wed
05
Dec

Boston grapples with lack of diversity in marijuana industry

There are 27 marijuana business applicants who have reached the second step of the City of Boston's licensing process.

But only one is an equity applicant, a status given to marijuana businesses run by people involved in communities that were disproportionately affected by marijuana enforcement.

As the first marijuana stores are opening in Massachusetts, the city of Boston is still grappling with its licensing process. One priority for city officials is ensuring that the city's minority residents are not left out and are able to tap into the lucrative industry -- even if that slows down the industry's growth. 

Tue
04
Dec

Showing up for legal cannabis in the Bay State

In November, Massachusetts became the first state on the eastern half of the United States to open adult-use dispensaries. Cultivate Holdings in Leicester and New England Treatment Access (NETA) in Northampton opened their doors on Nov. 20.

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