Massachusetts’ U.S. Attorney Announces Limited Cannabis Enforcement Policies

Massachusetts‘ top federal prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, announced on Tuesday that he will focus his cannabis enforcement efforts on the overproduction and diversion of products into other markets, “targeted” distribution to minors, and organized crime, the Boston Globe reports. Notably, Lelling is not giving the industry a blanket exemption from federal laws but still plans […]

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Massachusetts Issues First Adult-Use Cannabis Retail License

Massachusetts has issued the state’s first retail adult-use cannabis license, according to a MassLive report. The retail license allows the recipient company, Cultivate Holdings Inc., to sell adult-use cannabis out of its existing medical dispensary in Leicester, Massachusetts. Cultivate was in competition with 19 other applicants for the first retail license, but it remains unclear when exactly Cultivate […]

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Massachusetts Plans Nation’s First Social Equity Cannabis Work Program

Massachusetts is in the early stages of launching the first social equity cannabis work program in the nation, according to a MassLive report. The program would be designed to give minorities and others previously convicted of drug offenses a chance at working in the legal cannabis industry. The commission currently gives priority for cannabis license applicants to those […]

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Mass. Regulators to Vote On First Adult-Use Cannabis License

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is set to vote on the state’s first adult-use cannabis cultivation license on Thursday, reports the Boston Globe. Thursday’s hearing is for Sira Naturals’ cultivation facility in Milford. Sira Naturals already grows cannabis at that location for its three existing dispensaries, but this license would be its first recreational grow. […]

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Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Mistakenly Approve, Then Rescind, 10 Retail Cannabis Applications

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission mistakenly approved 10 priority certification retail cannabis applications that were supposed to be denied, according to a State House News Service report. The CCC had approved 146 such applications but Executive Director Shawn Collins admitted that 10 of those were approved in error. “Upon further review, we’ve identified a number […]

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Massachusetts Opens Next Round of Cannabis Business Licenses

Applications for a variety of Massachusetts canna-businesses are now open including craft cooperatives, micro-businesses, transporters, independent testing laboratories, and lab agents, the Boston Business Journal reports. According to the report, 312 applications have already been submitted to the Cannabis Control Commission, but just 25 have completed at least one part of the four-part process. The […]

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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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