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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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Ohio's medical marijuana program faces more delays

Ohio's fledgling medical marijuana program is facing additional administrative hiccups that could further delay the program's rollout statewide.

The program will miss the Sept. 8 deadline to be "fully operational," per state law, because cultivators have only been given the OK to grow plants in recent weeks.

Several other parts of the program are also falling behind schedule.

 

Patient registry

The patient registry will not open as expected in July.

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Cannabis technology is growing the market faster than ever

The cannabis industry has been growing at an extremely fast pace for some time now, but new technology in the marketplace has helped to make the industry work better than ever before. Many investors have stated that the key to growth in the space is continuing to be new technology, and that this new infrastructure potentially has the value behind it to lead to an IPO.

One company that has worked behind this principle has been Segra International Corp. The company has been working on culturing various types of tissue. This technology has existed in the industrial agriculture market for some time now, but never before has it been brought to the marijuana industry.

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Why wine and spirits wholesalers are speaking out about marijuana legalization

Weed and wine can coexist, it seems. On July 12, the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) released a statement asserting their support for a state’s right to legalize cannabis.

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California considers legalizing cannabis delivery to towns that have banned dispensaries

Currently, cannabis businesses are only permitted to operate in roughly 144 out of 482 cities in the state.

In California, newly proposed regulations would finally provide cannabis access for those living in a county or city with cannabis bans in place.

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7 Marijuana industry jobs that require the least experience

The marijuana industry is currently booming, and there’s plenty of jobs available for people who want to work with cannabis. But considering the drug’s been illegal until relatively recently, most people never considered a job working with cannabis and therefore don’t have experience that could be applicable. But there are still plenty of jobs in the industry that don’t require a ton of experience, writes Joseph Misulonas.

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The other anti-cannabis Sessions just blocked several cannabis bills in congress

Texas Representative Pete Sessions (R) - the fervent prohibitionist - has struck again. Two cannabis reform bills were brought to the House this week, and both were tabled by the Sessions, writes Calvin Hughes.

The first bill was intended to be an addition to the Fiscal Year 2019 budget bill and would have created protections for banks who choose to work with the cannabis industry in states where it has been legalized.

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Colorado woman denied late husband’s benefits because he had marijuana in his system

Usually, state laws run into conflicts with the federal ban on cannabis.

This time, however, Colorado’s laws are in conflict with themselves.

In weed-legal Colorado, the family of a worker who died on the job will get just half of his workers’ compensation benefits because a postmortem toxicology report found THC in the man’s blood.

 

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Colorado is using $3 million from marijuana tax to provide food and housing for the homeless

The debate about the legalization of marijuana has been prevalent in North American culture for over 50 years. The decision by the state of Colorado in October 2014 to legalize marijuana for recreational use was seen a revolutionary by those on both sides of the divide.

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It’s halfway through July. Why aren’t any recreational marijuana dispensaries open in Massachusetts yet?

"The big hold up really is on the local level."

July 1 always symbolized the starting gun for recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts, but that never meant the industry would be quick out of the gate.

Yet more than two weeks later, it’s still uncertain when the state’s first adult-use pot shop will actually open.

“I don’t want to put a date on it,” says Sam Barber, the president of Cultivate, a medical marijuana dispensary in Leicester that was issued the state’s first retail license for recreational sales earlier this month.

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