Marijuana-Infused Ice Cream Floated In Framingham, Massachusetts

As Framingham has cleared the way for six businesses applying for marijuana licenses to start negotiations with the mayor, one business stands out for its sweet appeal. Cloud Creamery makes marijuana-infused ice cream for hospitals and dispensaries. It was the first marijuana product manufacturer to get the green light from the Marijuana Advisory Team to move forward with negotiations.


Can marijuana help Alzheimer's patients?

People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s face bleak prospects. There’s no cure, and no effective treatment for the symptoms that often accompany memory loss — delusions, and even hallucinations, that can make patients agitated or aggressive.

But it’s possible marijuana might provide some relief.

A new study at McLean Hospital in Belmont will test the drug’s effect on dementia patients. And one local family with personal experience with dementia is making the study possible.

As Foxboro resident Alex Spier was grappling with dementia, he began to relive his childhood memories of the Holocaust. His son, Greg, said that before Alzheimer’s disease, Spier rarely spoke of those days.


1st Massachusetts farmers moving toward approval to grow marijuana outdoors

So far, all the marijuana sold in Massachusetts’ legal market has been grown indoors. But that could change.

The Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday approved the first two provisional licenses for companies that plan to grow marijuana outdoors in the Berkshires. The licenses went to Theory Wellness and BCWC, both medical marijuana companies that are also growing indoors.


Fast-growing hemp industry seen as $22B US operation in next three years

In a rush to jump into the now legal booming multibillion-dollar hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) industry, nearly 70 people in Massachusetts — six in Worcester County — have pending applications for licenses to grow or process the new high-money crop. Other owners of tens of thousands of acres of preserved agricultural land are betting on a bill that’s working it’s way through the state Legislature that will allow them to join a business that’s expected to be worth $22 billion by 2022.


Proposed marijuana dispensary plans to offer more than just products

Core Empowerment doesn’t want to open just another recreational marijuana shop.

The company, which secured approval last month from the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals, wants its Jamaica Plain dispensary to be a place that sparks conversation in the community and educates customers about the history of marijuana prohibition.

The dispensary will have what most dispensaries have: a wide variety of products on the menu and plenty of employees to help marijuana-buying rookies through the process.

But Core Empowerment will also have something that most dispensaries don’t: a social justice museum that highlights the effects of marijuana prohibition on the community.


Coffee shop serves up CBD-oil infused lattes

Revelator Coffee Company began serving CBD oil-infused lattes in all four of its Birmingham locations on Monday, and has sold dozens of the drinks in the first two days.

The coffee shop charges $1 to add three drops of CBD oil to a drink. It's featured in the Golden Latte with Relyf CBD oil.

Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, which some people use as a treatment for physical ailments, is made from industrial hemp, which contains a tiny percentage of THC, the intoxicating substance found in marijuana.

CBD oil can also be derived from marijuana and the Alabama Legislature has allowed limited exceptions to the law against marijuana possession for the use of CBD oil.


As Mass. weighs social marijuana consumption, chefs test out the budding business

Tara Sue Sharp dotes over a skillet of mushrooms. She sips a cannabis oil-infused mocktail as she readies a meal for a small group of guests. Even though Sharpe has cooked these farm-to-table mushroom tostadas dozens of times before, she’s extra careful now as she adds the key ingredient: a tablespoon of homemade cannabis oil slowly drizzled over over the already-simmering vegetables.


The status of cannabis in Massachusetts

Recreational use of cannabis is now legal in Massachusetts. This is a massive victory for personal freedom and a clear sign of progress for those still in dire need of natural and clean alternatives to traditional medicines.

Along with this legalization, many are curious whether they should still get their medical marijuana cards or wait for more recreational dispensaries to open across the state.


New coalition, Alternative Treatment for Veterans, works to give veterans easier access to medical marijuana

Iraq War veteran Stephen Mandile was prescribed 57 medications over 10 years of treatment through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and pain from a spinal cord injury.

Eventually, he tried to kill himself.

He says things got better after he started using medical marijuana when the first Massachusetts dispensary opened in 2015. “I was able to get off of all my other medications and have an improvement in quality of life from making the switch to cannabis," Mandile said. “It helps me with pain and other issues more than any other medication really could without turning me off completely and not being able to feel anything.”


Hemp is a new opportunity for Massachusetts farmers -- but current state law is locking them out

Growing hemp is now legal in Massachusetts, and in the United States. But many Massachusetts farmers still cannot grow hemp due to a barrier posed by state law relating to the definition of agricultural land.

Lawmakers are considering whether to change that law through a provision that could emerge soon for a final vote.

“We see farmers very interested in trying to diversify their crops,” said Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, who introduced a bill to change the law. “This stands to be a profitable crop as well. It’s useful for the commonwealth and for farmers trying to make a living.”


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