Marijuana in Massachusetts: State regulators sign off on 90,000 square foot cultivation facility

A 90,000 square foot facility in Leicester, which will cultivate, process and package marijuana products, on Thursday received the approval of Massachusetts regulators. The Cannabis Control Commission signed off on provisional licenses on in-door cultivation and product manufacturing for East Coast Organics LLC.

The five-member commission also handed out provisional licenses to the following marijuana businesses: Caroline's Cannabis of Uxbridge (retail); Commonwealth Cultivation Inc. in Pittsfield (cultivation); Curaleaf Massachusetts Inc., of Webster and Oxford (cultivation, product manufacturing and retailing); and Theory Wellness, Inc. in Great Barrington (retail). 


Massachusetts' debate about fees extracted from marijuana companies comes to Ware

The goodness or gouging in the host community agreements of marijuana companies paying fees to cities and towns has been a statewide topic, including here at Town Hall Tuesday.

The Board of Selectmen approved a host community agreement with proposed recreational marijuana business B'leaf Wellness Centre LLC. The retail dispensary would pay the town quarterly over five years 3 percent of gross sales of marijuana and marijuana products.


Massachusetts: Adult-use cannabis will soon be able to be lab-tested, as the law requires

One of the last hurdles standing in the way of retail cannabis sales in Massachusetts is slated to be cleared this week. The Cannabis Control Commission is expected to vote Thursday to grant final licenses to two, independent marijuana-testing laboratories.

Under law, retail cannabis sales cannot be made until products are tested by a licensed lab. The process of licensing these testing facilities has infuriated marijuana advocates who had hoped retail stores would open months ago, as early as July 1.


Hothouse Holyoke, marijuana microbusiness, wins entry into Sira Naturals 'accelerator' program

A marijuana microbusiness called Hothouse Holyoke, started by a two former teachers who moved to Massachusetts from Texas, is among the first class of an "accelerator" program seeking to boost cannabis-focused companies.


Massachusetts National Day of Expungement to help clear marijuana convictions

Legalization of marijuana in the state means that work continues to help those convicted of pot crimes clear their records with the Massachusetts National Day of Expungement Oct. 27 in Boston.

"There's still people in jail for processing, consuming and/or distributing cannabis,"  Kamani Jefferson of the Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council said Monday. "On top of that, those folks who have been released still have records for activity now deemed legal."


Why can't Massachusetts medical marijuana labs also test recreational cannabis?

By early next month, it will be two years since Massachusetts voters declared they wanted marijuana legalized for recreational use by approving a ballot question.

But not one recreational marijuana shop has been permitted to open.

State law requires samples be tested to ensure that marijuana products are safe to ingest. A big reason for the delay is the state has yet to grant final certification to laboratories to do such testing on recreational marijuana -- even though labs have been testing marijuana for medicinal use for years.

"It's the same clients, the same product and the same kind of testing," said Christopher Hudalla, chief scientific officer of ProVerde Laboratories in Milford, one of three labs the state has certified to test medical marijuana.


Legal marijuana is one step closer to (finally) being sold in Massachusetts

The path to cannabis legalization in Massachusetts has been a long and winding road, but in a few weeks' time, it might finally be over, writes Calvin Hughes.

Although voters approved a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, the implementation of the new law has hit several roadblocks over the last two years.


Slow rollout on retail marijuana is shrinking the state’s estimated taxes, advocates say

Saying Massachusetts has missed out on $16 million in marijuana taxes, officials behind the 2016 legal marijuana ballot question on Monday pointed to staffing levels and bureaucracy at the Cannabis Control Commission as potential reasons for the slow rollout of retail sales in Massachusetts.

“The Cannabis Control Commission needs to pick up the pace,” Will Luzier, who managed the 2016 ballot campaign in Massachusetts, said at a press conference outside the State House. “We’re not here for cannabis operators, we’re here for the consumers and voters of the commonwealth that don’t understand why this is taking so long.”


Boston inches forward with recreational marijuana permits

Every two weeks, at meetings of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, marijuana officials display a map showing how many completed applications for recreational pot business licenses have been submitted from each county in the state.

Conspicuously lagging behind: Suffolk County, home to Boston — which, unlike most cities in the state that haven’t banned such companies, has yet to issue a local permit to a recreational marijuana operator.

Now, those numbers are poised to grow. Officials in the administration of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh told the Globe last week that the city will negotiate its first so-called “host community agreements” with marijuana companies in the first two weeks of October.


Cannabis cuisine lights up cooking shows, restaurant menus

Marijuana-infused fare is not for hippies anymore, as foodies get high and heal.

The first time I can remember a reference to eating marijuana came as a teenager seeing the prescient 1968 satire, “I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!,” in which Peter Sellers transforms into a hippie after inadvertently dosing on pot brownies, its title a reference to the cookbook recipe from one of Gertrude Stein’s fellow avant-gardists.

Some 50 years later, tattooed chef Luke Reyes is preparing an all plant-based, cannabis-infused, seven-course meal at his downtown Los Angeles loft apartment on Spring Street for an invitation-only gathering of about 20, as tables are lined end to end in his living room.


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