Massachusetts

Mon
05
Nov

Massachusetts: Clearer picture develops of where cannabis businesses will operate

While the question of when cannabis retail businesses will open in Massachusetts remains unanswered, where those businesses will operate is becoming clearer.

Cannabis companies — which include retail, cultivation, product manufacturing, testing, transport and research — have been proposed in 58 Bay State communities, from Nantucket to western Massachusetts.

Mon
05
Nov

Massachusetts: Cannabis firm plans million-dollar renovation in downtown Springfield

The CEO of a cannabis firm said he "fell in love with" a historic building in downtown Springfield, and promised a "complete renovation" of the former Hampden Bank headquarters if his company gains approval to open a recreational marijuana dispensary.

Chris Mitchem, leader and co-founder of the Oregon-based Diem Cannabis, on Saturday described plans to "put a million bucks" into the 1665 Main St. building, built in 1918 and located across the street from the Paramount Theater.

"It will look like the original Hampden Savings Bank," Mitchem said. "We got 100-year-old blueprints from the city, and are in the process of digitizing them." The building was a law office for five decades before closing in recent years.

Fri
02
Nov

Massachusetts: Are cannabis jobs risky business?

As the recreational cannabis industry gears up, it’s easy to see why people throughout the state might be excited at the prospect of working in the industry.

For these job-seekers, there is no shortage of opportunities. According to employment site ZipRecruiter.com, marijuana job postings across the country increased 693 percent from the last quarter of 2016 to last quarter 2017.

It’s exciting, I get it. I vividly remember the curious intoxication which flooded my veins the moment I walked inside a commercial-sized cannabis grow facility. But committing to a position in an industry still under a cloud of stigma may affect your future than many cannabis industry employers let on.

Tue
30
Oct

Sellers, growers not alone in marijuana business

Pot shops and cannabis cafes may one day become the face of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, but ancillary businesses -- those working behind the scenes -- are lining up today to try and capitalize off the budding industry.

The evidence was on full display Oct. 19 at the second Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Dozens of businesses from across the state, country and globe convened to trade ideas, create partnerships and celebrate the fast-growing medical and recreational market.

Wed
24
Oct

Massachusetts: Use money from marijuana sales to fund after-school programs, council suggests

Almost 8,000 low-income students in Massachusetts are on a waiting list for after-school and summer learning, according to a new report that recommends tapping the anticipated revenue from marijuana sales to fund such programs.

The Legislature's Afterschool and Out-of-School Time Coordinating Council, in a report slated for release Tuesday, said children who attend high quality after-school programs get better grades, have fewer behavioral issues and have higher graduation rates, but for every child in such a program, two are waiting to get in.

Fri
19
Oct

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). 

Thu
18
Oct

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.

Wed
17
Oct

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.

Fri
12
Oct

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.

Tue
09
Oct

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."

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