Massachusetts

Fri
24
Aug

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.

Thu
23
Aug

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.

Wed
22
Aug

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.

Wed
22
Aug

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.

Wed
15
Aug

Lynn's first medical marijuana facility and recreational pot shop set to open this fall

LYNN — The city’s first medical marijuana facility and pot shop is set to open in October on the Lynnway.

Newton-based Massachusetts Patient Foundation (MPF), which operates dispensaries in Oregon and Colorado, has signed a host agreement with the city to open a medical marijuana dispensary at the 4,631-square-foot Cooper-Lewis building, which would also contain a recreational pot shop.

The company still has to have its special permit approved by the City Council for the recreational component to the facility. Its special permit was approved for medical marijuana retail sales last August.

Under the host agreement, MPF will provide the city with 6 percent of annual gross revenues.

Wed
25
Jul

Marijuana testing lab not among 7 licenses before Cannabis Control Commission

Massachusetts regulators will consider seven applications for legal marijuana business licenses on Thursday, including two for cultivation and three for retail shops.

The Cannabis Control Commission could more than double the number of provisional licenses it has issued if it approves all seven applications. The commission has still not considered a license application for an independent testing lab, a crucial supply chain link without which no non-medical marijuana can be sold.

Tue
24
Jul

Gun stores in Massachusetts remind cannabis patients they can’t buy firearms

Federal law requires medical cannabis users to give up their Second Amendment rights.

Marijuana may be legal in Massachusetts, but if you plan to partake chances are you’ll also be expected to surrender your Second Amendment rights. It’s an issue all legal states have had to deal with and its nothing new for Massachusetts, which legalized medical cannabis at the ballot box back in 2012.

Mon
23
Jul

Cannabis Control Commission on track to take over medical marijuana program

The Cannabis Control Commission, which is overseeing Massachusetts' recreational marijuana industry, is on track to take over the state's medical marijuana program by the end of the year, according to a recent report submitted to the Legislature.

Massachusetts legalized medical marijuana on the ballot in 2012, and there are currently 42 dispensaries that have been given final approval to open. The Department of Public Health has been overseeing the program.

But under the state law legalizing recreational marijuana, which passed on the ballot in 2016, the Cannabis Control Commission will take the medical program over by 2019. The goal was to avoid having two separate agencies regulating marijuana.

Fri
20
Jul

Are cities and towns demanding too much from marijuana operators?

Want to open a marijuana business in Massachusetts? Prepare to open your wallet — wide.

In Salem, prospective recreational pot operators must first agree to pay the city 3 percent of their annual revenues, ostensibly the maximum fee allowed under Massachusetts law. Then, in order to win local approval, they are also asked to provide an additional 1 percent of revenue annually to fund a feasibility study on a proposed shuttle bus, give $25,000 a year to local charities, and pay for a $50 background check of every manager, owner, and investor — a less-thorough version of the same screening already performed by the state.

Fri
20
Jul

Navigating the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts: What employers need to know

Massachusetts voters legalized recreational marijuana through a ballot referendum in 2016. As of July 1, 2018, retail marijuana stores are now permitted to operate in the state. The law allows cities and towns to exercise local control to ban or limit marijuana dispensaries, which are now opening in various locations around the state.

While the law has received much positive attention, Massachusetts employers are working to balance their employees’ interests, workplace safety, and legal obligations.

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