Boston Regulators Approve Cannabis Zoning Rules

The Boston, Massachusetts Zoning Commission has approved regulations that will allow retail cannabis businesses to operate in any of the city’s business districts, the Boston Globe reports. The rules neither allow cannabis businesses from opening within a half-mile from one another, nor within 500 feet from kindergarten, elementary, or secondary schools. City officials have said […]

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Massachusetts Regulators Receive 200+ Applications in First 24 hours

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has received more than 200 adult-use cannabis industry applications since they began accepting some applications on Tuesday, the State House News Service reports. Presently, the agency is only accepting applications from current medical cannabis dispensary owners who wish to sell their products to adults 21-and-older and empowerment applications. The majority […]

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Massachusetts Begins Accepting Some Adult-Use Cannabis Applications

Starting today, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission will begin accepting applications for priority certification as registered marijuana dispensaries and economic empowerment applicants. Those granted priority certification will be allowed to apply for commercial applications on Apr. 16; all other license types will start their application process on May 1 or June 1, depending on the […]

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Derek Cloutier: Veterans, PTSD, and Medical Cannabis

Derek Cloutier is the president and co-founder of the New England Veterans Alliance, a non-profit organization that helps veterans reduce their dependency on pharmaceuticals and advocates on behalf of veterans for improved access to medical cannabis therapies. In the following interview, Derek joins our host TG Branfalt to talk about the experience of veterans in […]

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Massachusetts Alcohol Regulators Block CBD Beer Claiming FDA Rules Violation

The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission will not allow a local brewer to move forward with plans to roll out a CBD-infused beer, arguing that the cannabinoid is a Schedule I drug and the infusion would violate the Food & Drug Administration’s Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Boston Business Journal reports. “Even though retail […]

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Licensing for Some Massachusetts Rec. Cannabis Businesses Opens Apr. 2

Licensing for some prospective Massachusetts retail dispensaries will begin on Apr. 2 as the state will open up the process for priority certification, which includes any dispensaries that have secured final or provisional licenses through the Department of Public Health and Economic Empowerment Applicants. The priority licensing will run until the 16th, when priority applicants […]

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UMass Psychology Professor Designs Mobile App to Remove Subjectivity from Cannabis Impairment Testing

Psychology professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston Michael Milburn has developed a mobile application that tests response time as a means to measure impairment which, he contends, would be a more accurate tool than either saliva tests or drug recognition experts to determine whether a driver is impaired by cannabis or other drugs. The […]

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Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Adopt Final Rules

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has finalized the regulations for the state’s voter-approved recreational cannabis industry, four months before the program is set to go live, according to a WBUR report. The commission will begin accepting applications for industry operators on Apr. 1. What’s in, what’s out? Social consumption and home delivery is off the […]

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Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Reject Social-Use Proposal

Massachusetts will not be the first state to allow social cannabis use as the Cannabis Control Commission voted 4-1 against the proposals, according to a MassLive.com report. The board also voted against allowing home delivery services. Medical cannabis home delivery is still permitted. The panel did indicate they would re-start the social-use conversation in October, […]

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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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