Massachusetts

Wed
08
Apr

Mass. Senate President: Medical Marijuana Process Has Been 'Total Mess'

Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg today described the medical marijuana process in the Bay State as a “total mess,” responding to questions about bureaucratic delays that have prevented the opening of dispensaries.

“The ballot question had a lot of problems in it, it’s been very difficult to implement and doing 30 or so licenses across the commonwealth, it has been very, very hard and it is not good that it has taken this long,” Rosenberg said this morning during an appearance on Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” program.

Noting that some medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts are “about ready to open,” Rosenberg slammed the medical marijuana ballot question that was approved by voters in 2012 as an “awkwardly written law.”

Tue
07
Apr

Rosenberg: 'No appetite' in legislature for marijuana legalization

BOSTON -- The legalization of recreational marijuana is likely headed to the 2016 ballot, with "no appetite" among state lawmakers to handle the issue first, according to Senate President Stanley Rosenberg.

"There's been conversations and there seems to be no appetite in the Legislature to take up ... recreational marijuana, so you should expect to see it on the ballot in 2016," Rosenberg (D-Amherst) said in an interview on the Boston Herald's internet radio station on Tuesday.

A group called "Bay State Repeal" is seeking to place a question on the ballot, which will requiring drafting language that must be first approved by the attorney general and gathering signatures from voters.

Mon
06
Apr

A Medical Marijuana Easter Egg Hunt 'Giveaway' Sparked an Instagram Controversy

A Boston-based medical marijuana dispensary purportedly hid edibles and vouchers for its products inside plastic eggs over the weekend for an Easter egg hunt around the city. The stunt sparked controversy on Instagram when another weed bakery published pictures of the apparently THC-infused sweets concealed inside one plastic egg, allegedly discovered "with a bunch of little kids hovering around it."

Cannimals Edibles appears to have taken credit for hiding multiple edibles and product vouchers inside an unknown amount of eggs, posting the following message on Instagram Sunday: "To those who are salty that we did a giveaway today, please delete yourself from our [Instagram] page if you don't like our Easter eggs -- FUCK YOU."

Thu
02
Apr

How Did Marijuana Chain Smoker Aaron Hernandez Pass NFL Drug Testing?

BOSTON (CBS) -  One revelation from the Aaron Hernandez trial is that the former Patriots tight end was an avid marijuana user, described by prosecution witness Alexander Bradley as a “chain smoker” of the drug.

With that being said, how did Aaron Hernandez never fail a drug test in the NFL?

The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin tells 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich it’s actually pretty easy to skirt the league’s drug policy.

Tue
31
Mar

Medical marijuana industry could spark local economy

Michael Kahn, owner of MCR Labs in Framingham which tests medical marijuana products, with samples waiting to be tested. Daily News Staff Photo / Allan Jung

NATICK – Meaghan Chalmers hopes to get a jumpstart on a budding new industry in Massachusetts.

The 26-year-old Lynn woman is learning from instructors at Natick’s Northeastern Institute of Cannabis information that will help her have a successful career in an array of businesses forming as a result of Massachusetts’ legalization of medical marijuana.

“There’s going to be a ton of businesses opening up,” Chalmers said. “I want to be in the cannabis industry for the long-term.”

Mon
23
Mar

Marijuana should not be legalized in Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey says

BOSTON - Attorney General Maura Healey detailed her opposition to legalizing marijuana on Monday while distinguishing that stance from her prior support for a voter referendum that decriminalized possession of up to one ounce of the drug.

"I supported the effort to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana a few years ago, and I appreciated the motivation behind that move and ultimately, the law," Healey told Boston Herald Radio. "What I oppose though now is full legalization of marijuana."

Mon
23
Mar

Mass. Lawmakers Working On Proposal To Legalize Marijuana

BOSTON (CBS) — Some state lawmakers are working on a proposal that would allow the use of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts.

Advocates are planning their own petition right now to put the question to voters next year, but state Sen. Pat Jehlen, D- Somerville has other ideas to avoid a ballot question.

“We think it’s a better idea to do it through the legislative process,” Jehlen told WBZ NewsRadio 1030. “People have to vote yes or no [on the ballot], whereas if you propose a bill in the Legislature, there can be amendments, there can be hearings, and a number of people will have a chance to be heard.”

Massachusetts voters have previously decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana and medical marijuana was approved in 2012.

Mon
23
Mar

5 states rapidly moving toward marijuana legalization

The legislative season is in full swing across the country, and pot is hot -- especially in New England

And we’re not even talking about medical marijuana or decriminalization bills, we’re talking about outright legalization bills.

Wed
18
Mar

Pro-Marijuana Group Warns Against "Excessive" Taxation in Massachusetts

A group pushing for a 2016 ballot question on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana is warning against imposing excessive taxation or fees on the sale of pot.

Bay State Repeal on Wednesday released a statement saying it welcomes a bill filed by more than a dozen Massachusetts lawmakers that would allow marijuana to be taxed and regulated like alcohol. The bill also would let adults 21 years or older possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana.

But the pro-marijuana group says if taxes and fees are too high that will force up the cost of pot and help maintain a black market in the state. It says that could have the unintended consequence of giving minors the ability to continue obtaining marijuana illegally.

Wed
18
Mar

These Five States Could Legalize Marijuana in 2016

Nevada's vote is set and advocates believe they can get similar measures on the ballot in four other states

On Friday, Nevada lawmakers adjourned without voting on a petition submitted by residents to legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol. That means the initiative is going on the ballot in 2016, making Nevada the first state to officially be voting on pot legalization in the next election.

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