Massachusetts' first recreational marijuana sales could be days away

More than two months after recreational marijuana sales became legal in Massachusetts, the first wave of retailers is still working to open to the public. But the first sales could happen soon.

Eleven potential marijuana shops are awaiting site inspections, the last step before they can seek final approval of their business license applications from the Cannabis Control Commission, Massachusetts’ marijuana authority.


Massachusetts credit union to provide banking services for cannabis companies

GFA Federal Credit Union will begin working with MA weed businesses on October 1.

Massachusetts’ retail cannabis market is perhaps a week or two away. For Massachusetts’ cannabis consumers and business owners, the official start of retail sales has been a long time coming. For regulators and law enforcement, however, several major concerns remain unsettled.


Advocacy group threatens Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission with Lawsuit

An advocacy group for cannabis growers in Massachusetts plans to sue the Cannabis Control Commission in order to push them to review the agreements between businesses and their host towns, an issue they believe has greatly contributed to the slow rollout of retail marijuana.

The president of the Massachusetts Grower Advocacy Council, Peter Bernard, said that group will speak with its attorney on Wednesday and will likely take the lawsuit to court.

“We just want them to review these going forward and strike down offending contractual clauses going backwards,” said Bernard.


Cannabis company aims to reproduce rare cannabinoids using DNA

Gingko Bioworks and Cronos Group want to replace greenhouse cultivation with genetic engineering.

The Boston-based biotech firm Gingko Bioworks Inc. recently announced a major partnership with Canadian cannabis company Cronos Group Inc. to work on what could be a groundbreaking and potentially epoch-shifting innovation in cannabis production.

Taking a page straight out of Jurassic Park, Gingko wants to use plant DNA to genetically (re)produce cannabinoids directly, without growing the cannabis plants that naturally produce them.


Elizabeth Warren says marijuana bill will get a vote if Democrats win the senate

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma.) said she is confident that Democrats would vote on a marijuana bill that would allow states to regulate marijuana without federal interference should they retake the Senate in November.

"I feel confident that if the Democrats recapture the Senate we’ll get a vote on this, and the vote will carry," Warren said in an interview with Rolling Stone of the bipartisan bill, which Warren co-sponsored. "I think we’ve got the votes for this." 


Woman charged for ‘gifting’ cannabis, although it's completely legal in Massachusetts

The district attorney's office claims that there's "sufficient evidence to suggest a crime had been committed."

In November 2016, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot initiative legalizing marijuana for recreational use. But nearly two years later, there are still no stores licensed to sell pot to the public. One business owner now she faces criminal charges for trying to find a way around the roadblock.


Massachusetts licensed two marijuana labs. Here's what else must happen before sales begin

Massachusetts has given provisional approval to two recreational marijuana-testing labs, but there are still a few more important steps before pot sales can begin. 

On Thursday afternoon, the state’s Cannabis Control Commission gave preliminary approval to both CDXAnalytics in Salem and MCR Labs in Framingham. Though both labs have been testing medical marijuana under the auspices of the Department of Public Health, they needed additional approval from the commission to test recreational marijuana.


Massachusetts marijuana regulators prepare to vote on testing lab licenses

Massachusetts marijuana regulators are preparing to vote on the licensing of two independent testing labs -- an action that could move the state closer to its first recreational pot sales.

The Cannabis Control Commission is set to consider license applications from CDX Analytics, of Salem, and MCR Labs, of Framingham, at their Thursday meeting.


State refuses to referee marijuana testing dispute

It was a cornerstone of the pitch for legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts: Mandated laboratory testing would ensure that cannabis products sold in regulated stores are free of pesticides, mold, and other contaminants.

Behind the scenes, however, a bitter scientific and business feud has split into two camps the state’s four marijuana testing labs, which currently serve medical dispensaries and will soon join the lucrative recreational market.

Each camp says that the other’s methods can’t be trusted. And both complain that cannabis companies, which under the state’s medical marijuana regulations are required to contract with private labs for testing, routinely “shop” for favorable results by sending samples to different labs.


Vote to license marijuana testing labs in Massachusetts scheduled

Massachusetts marijuana regulators have scheduled a vote on the licensing of two independent testing labs, which if approved could move the state closer to its first recreational pot sales.

License applications from CDX Analytics, of Salem, and MCR Labs, of Framingham, are on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting of the Cannabis Control Commission.

The panel has already approved retail licenses for several medical marijuana dispensaries, but none can begin selling recreational marijuana products until they’re tested for potential contaminants by a licensed independent lab.


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