Massachusetts Regulators Suggest State-Run Bank for Cannabis Industry

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is suggesting the creation of a state-run bank to serve the state’s canna-businesses after Chairman Steve Hoffman pointed out that no local banks or credit unions have indicated they would provide services to the industry, the Boston Globe reports. “There’s a high degree of urgency, so it’s something we need […]

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Massachusetts Public Safety Director Opposes Social Clubs in Letter to Cannabis Regulators

Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett is opposing the creation of cannabis clubs in the state, alleging that allowing social use will increase access to minors and drugged driving incidents, according to a MassLive report. “We believe the difficulties of safely administering the adult use marijuana market in the near term will […]

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Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Won’t Rule Out Federal Charges Against Canna-Businesses

Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, who was appointed by President Donald Trump and assumed office in December, told reporters yesterday that while opioid crimes are his top drug enforcement priority, he could not rule out bringing cases against canna-business operators and employees, the State House News Service reports. The comments come less than a month […]

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Marijuana Policy Project Drafting Massachusetts Cannabis ‘Sanctuary State’ Legislation

The Marijuana Policy Project in Massachusetts is drafting legislation which would prohibit state and municipal employees from cooperating with federal authorities in any crackdown on the legal cannabis industry, according to Boston University’s Daily Free Press. According to Jim Borghesani, the Massachusetts spokesman for the MPP, “The Refusal of Complicity Act” would ensure the state […]

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19 Attorney Generals Send Letter to Congress Asking for Cannabis Banking Protection Legislation

Attorney generals from 17 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam have sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to “advance legislation that would allow states that have legalized medical or recreational use of marijuana to bring that commerce into the banking system” following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to rescind the Cole Memo protections. […]

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Massachusetts U.S. Attorney ‘Cannot Provide Assurances’ Cannabis Licensees Won’t Face Federal Prosecution

In a memo dated Jan. 8, the U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts, Andrew E. Lelling, said he cannot “provide assurances that certain categories of participants in the state-level marijuana trade will be immune from federal prosecution.” “This is a straightforward rule of law issue. Congress has unambiguously made it a federal crime to cultivate, distribute and/or […]

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Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Approve Rec. Draft Rules

Massachusetts’ Cannabis Control Commission has approved draft regulations for the forthcoming recreational cannabis industry, including rules for cannabis clubs and potential licenses specifically for research, according to a WCVB5 report. The regulations are not final and require public comment before gaining final approvals. What else is included? Rules allow home-delivery, but require positive identification that […]

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Topical Wins ‘Best Overall’ at Inaugural New England Harvest Cup

A cannabis-infused topical took home the top prize at the first-ever New England Harvest Cup, held in Worcester, Massachusetts over the weekend. The topical, “Sweet Releaf” produced by Clinton Bradshaw of Rhode Island’s Rogue Island Genetics, won best overall product, the Boston Globe reports. “It’s nice. It was surprising to [win] overall; to see a […]

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Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Approve Social-Use Policy

Massachusetts‘ Cannabis Control Commission has approved a social-use policy that will allow cannabis to be consumed on premises in so-called “cannabis cafés,” WBUR News reports. Under the rules, budtenders will need to undergo training to identify whether a patron should be cut off and alcohol will not be served at the cafés. “I think that […]

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‘Cannabis Clubs’ Being Considered in Massachusetts

A Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board subcommittee has recommended that state regulators allow public use – or so-called cannabis clubs – under the state’s adult-use regime, which they suggest could keep cannabis products away from children but also limit how much product is illegally diverted out-of-state, according to a State House News Service report. The measure, […]

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Massachusetts Community College Offering Non-Credit Cannabis Industry Training Program

Gardner, Massachusetts’ Mount Wachusett Community College is partnering with Online Cannabis Education on a not-for-credit Cannabis Career Training Program, according to a Sentinel & Enterprise report. The course will cover cannabis cultivation, cooking, budtending, and other legal and business aspects of the industry. Rachel Frick Cardelle, interim vice president of Life Long Learning at the […]

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Cannabis Marketing Strategies New England Coming to Boston Feb. 28 to March 1

CBI—the leading marketing events firm—now launches the first conference of its kind: Cannabis Marketing Strategies New England from February 28 – March 1, 2018 in Boston, MA. This unique event brings together C-Suite executives from the medical and recreational cannabis industry to discuss and master business challenges, with a focus on the emerging New England market. Network with cannabis […]

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Massachusetts Bill Would Allow Some Cannabis Convictions to be Expunged

A criminal justice reform bill making its way through the Massachusetts legislature would allow individuals convicted of cannabis possession to completely expunge the record, according to a MassLive report. The House provision is part of a broader criminal justice reform package that includes language allowing citizens with otherwise clear records to expunge some offenses 10 […]

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Two More Members Tabbed for Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission

Officials in Massachusetts have appointed two more members to the state Cannabis Control Commission, adding Kay Doyle, former deputy general counsel to the Department of Public Health, and Shaleen Title, co-founder of THC Staffing Group, a cannabis industry recruiting firm. Title is an attorney who specializes in cannabis regulations and co-authored the voter-approved referendum to […]

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Analysts Suggest Massachusetts Cannabis Industry Could Reach $450M During First Year

Analysts from New Frontier Data project Massachusetts’ legal cannabis industry could be worth $450 million during the first year of retail sales, equating to as much as $90 million in tax revenues, according to an outline of the report by Wicked Local. By 2020, the report says the state’s industry could reach as much as […]

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Mehka King: The Power of Grassroots Cannabis Media

Mehka King is a journalist, host of the Cash, Color, and Cannabis podcast, and the filmmaker behind The Color Green: Cash, Color, and Cannabis — a documentary investigating racial disparities in the cannabis space. In this episode of the seonganjuk.com podcast, Mehka joins host TG Branfalt to discuss the evolution of popular media from print to […]

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Tikun Olam and MariMed Partnership to Expand into 4 States

Tikun Olam and MariMed Inc. have agreed to expand their partnership which will see Tikun-branded products rolled out in Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Illinois next year. The partnership brought the company’s products to Delaware in 2015. The companies expect to offer at least six Tikun-branded strains, including high-CBD strain Avidekel, along with tinctures, edibles, […]

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Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules Field Sobriety Tests Not Valid to Test Cannabis Impairment

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that field tests currently used to test for alcohol impairment cannot be used to determine if a driver is impaired by cannabis. In the ruling, Justice Frank Gaziano, pointed out that “there is no scientific agreement on whether, and if so, to what extent” the current field sobriety […]

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Massachusetts Cannabis Commission Chair Says Prohibition has Failed

In his first public comments since being tabbed to chair the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, Steven Hoffman admitted that he believes prohibition has failed – and that he smoked a joint while visiting Breckenridge, Colorado, the Boston Globe reports. Moreover, he indicated he was committed to supporting the retail program approved by voters last November. […]

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Massachusetts Treasurer Picks Legalization Opponent to Head Cannabis Control Commission

Yet another cannabis legalization opponent has been named to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, as Steven Hoffman has been tabbed to lead the agency by Treasurer Deborah Goldberg. Hoffman, a former partner at the management consulting firm Bain & Company, joins other legalization adversaries in state Sen. Jen Flanagan and Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael […]

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Israeli and Canadian Firms Partner for Cannabis Production Plants in 4 U.S. States

Israel-based medical cannabis company Panaxia has partnered with Canada’s Bioceutical Corporation to set up four medical cannabis production plants in Arizona, Nevada, Maryland, and Massachusetts, according to a report from Globes. Last year, Panaxia set up a similar production facility in New Mexico, which went online in March. The agreement will see Bioceutical Corp., which […]

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Feds Seek MMJ Patient Info from Northeastern States; Massachusetts Complies

Officials in Massachusetts have complied with a medical cannabis patient data request from the White House National Marijuana Initiative, but Gov. Charlie Baker indicated that none of the submitted information can be used to identify patients, CBS Boston reports. The information included the gender, age, and date of cannabis prescription for the state’s 40,000-plus registered […]

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Massachusetts Gov. Appoints Cannabis Legalization Opponent to Control Commission

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed state Sen. Jen Flanagan to the state’s Cannabis Control Commission, the Boston Globe reports, his second appointment of a cannabis legalization opponent to oversee the industry. Earlier this month Baker appointed Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael Jr. to the Cannabis Advisory Board; Carmichael has said that medical cannabis dispensaries […]

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Holyoke Mayor Vetoes City Council-Approved Moratorium on Adult-Use Cannabis

Holyoke, Massachusetts Mayor Alex Morse has vetoed a moratorium on the recreational cannabis industry approved by the City Council, according to a MassLive report. In a letter to the council, Morse argued that the “only thing” the ordinance would do “is put the city at an economic disadvantage by dissuading interested investors” from considering starting […]

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