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TJM  October 1st, 2017 – TALKING JOINTS MEMO

If you missed any stories in the ongoing saga that is legal cannabis in Massachusetts, look no further, because we have you covered with this comprehensive eye on everything that happened in September and then some…

THE LATEST IN TRAVEL NEWS

Be Honest About Pot Use When Asked at the US Border, Canadian Official Says

 

EXPERTS RUMINATE ON SUPPLY, DEMAND, AND COST

Legal recreational marijuana likely to be in short supply, experts say (MassLive.com)

Experts Warn That Massachusetts Will Likely Face Recreational Marijuana Supply Shortage (MERRY JANE)

THERE’S THE CRUSADE AGAINST STONED DRIVING…

Court rules cops can use field-sobriety tests meant for drunk drivers on possibly stoned drivers, but with a caveat (Universal Hub)

Chabot: No roadside test means no law on driving stoned (Boston Herald)

Enforcement of pot OUI goes up in smoke (Boston Herald)

PLUS BIG LEGAL NEWS ON THAT FRONT…

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules on whether field sobriety tests can be used in marijuana drugged driving cases (MassLive.com)

Mass. SJC Rules Field Sobriety Tests Aren’t Conclusive Evidence Of Marijuana Intoxication (WBUR)

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

Massachusetts Court Rules That Alcohol Field Sobriety Tests Are Not Valid for Cannabis(MERRY JANE)

MA Supreme Court Rules Field Sobriety Tests Can’t Determine Marijuana Intoxication(Marijuana.com)

AS FOR PUBLIC SMOKING…

Public pot puffing, no cop crackdown (Boston Herald)

ARE COLLEGE KIDS SCREWED?

Why Are College Campuses Banning Marijuana in Legal States? (Civilized)

How Can I Enjoy Cannabis on Campus without Getting into Trouble? (MERRY JANE)

BETTER HOP ON THE PUFF BUS…

‘Puff bus’ eyes route to Massachusetts (Boston Herald)

CITIES AND TOWNS GO ON A BANNING BINGE…

Massachusetts Voters Approve of Legalization, Afraid Officials Will Screw it Up (The Marijuana Times)

100 Massachusetts towns have voted for weed bans, moratoriums or zoning restrictions(The Cannabist)

Town That Said Yes to Recreational Pot Says No to Pot Shops (U.S. News & World Report)

Think twice about curtailing legal marijuana sales (The Boston Globe)

ACTON

Acton selectmen add possible marijuana shop moratorium to December Town Meeting (Wicked Local Boxborough)

AGAWAM

Agawam residents, city council to discuss temporary ban on pot shops (wwlp.com)

AMESBURY

Amesbury OKs pot question for ballot (Newburyportnews.com)

DANVERS

Question on banning retail pot sales moves forward to Town Meeting (Wicked Local Danvers)

Fear of cannabis stems from myth, stigma (Wicked Local Danvers)

EVERETT

Mayor,Council Move to Ban Pot Shops (Everett Independent)

FRAMINGHAM

2 Questions About Recreational Marijuana On Framingham Ballot (Patch)

HOLYOKE

Recreational pot sales facing Holyoke Council regulations (MassLive.com)

LUDLOW

Ludlow selectmen move forward on effort to ban recreational marijuana sales(MassLive.com)

METHUEN

Methuen bans recreational marijuana establishments (Eagle-Tribune)

MILFORD

Recreational Pot Vote Is On In Milford (Patch.com)

Milford Voters Reject Marijuana Shops (CBS Boston / WBZ)

Milford votes to snuff out pot shops (Milford Daily News)

Milford, a town whose voters approved legal marijuana in the 2016 election, bans pot shops in … (MassLive.com)

Editorial: Milford gets cold feet (Boston Herald)

 

RAYNHAM

Resident urges councilors to bar pot shops (Wicked Local Raynham)

 

SALEM

Proposed zones would bar retail pot from city’s downtown (Salem News)

 

WAYLAND

Should Wayland impose a temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana shops?(The Boston Globe)

 

WORCESTER

City wants to limit number of marijuana retailers in Worcester to 15 (MassLive.com)

 

 

PLUS ALL OTHER KINDS OF SEXY MUNICIPAL NEWS

 

AMHERST

Amherst officials holding community conversation about marijuana Monday night(MassLive.com)

 

UMass Amherst Health Researchers Launch Baseline Survey of Marijuana Use in Massachusetts (UMass News and Media Relations)

BERKSHIRES

Berkshire delegation hopes retail marijuana can grow jobs (Berkshire Eagle)

BOSTON

Medical marijuana dispensary seeks location on Clapp Street (Dorchester Reporter)

CAMBRIDGE

Owner of Harvard Square mall turns to federal racketeering law to try to stop nearby marijuana dispensary (Universal Hub)

CAPE COD

Cape’s pro-pot advocates keep close watch on cannabis commission (Wicked Local Yarmouth)

DARTMOUTH

Dartmouth Select Board won’t oppose two medical marijuana proposals(SouthCoastToday.com)

EASTHAMPTON

Easthampton marijuana dispensary to hire 50-60 workers and operate 17 hours a day (MassLive.com)

FREETOWN

AmeriCann secures $10 million for Freetown marijuana center(SouthCoastToday.com)

HANOVER

Exhibit on marijuana aims to educate parents (Wicked Local)

LEOMINSTER

Chalifoux Zephir announces run for state Senate seat (Leominster Champion)

LYNNFIELD

Lynnfield traffic stop leads to marijuana bust, police say (WHDH.com)

NEEDHAM

Needham medical marijuana dispensary set to begin construction (Wicked Local Needham)

NEWBURYPORT

Newburyport officials to discuss recreational pot policies, placement (The Daily News of Newburyport)

ROWLEY

Medical marijuana dispensary approved in Rowley (The Boston Globe)

WILLIAMSTOWN

Williamstown Selectmen Seeks ‘Data’ on Legalized Pot Impact (iBerkshires.com)

WOBURN

Woburn Officials Split On Recreational Marijuana Sales (Patch.com)

BIG MASS NEWS OF THE MONTH: OUR NEW CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION

 

Shaleen Title On The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Is A VERY Big Deal(Weed News)

 

Massmarijuana czar hopeful for on-time rollout of pot sales (The Boston Globe)

 

Flanagan, ex-senator, opens up about her role regulating legal pot in Mass. (Worcester Sun)

 

The top pot regulator in Massachusetts is committed to a timely rollout of the law(Boston.com)

 

Mass. Legalization Advocates Seek Assurances From Cannabis Control Commission (The Daily Chronic)

 

MassachusettsMarijuana Advocates Seek Assurances From Cannabis Control Commission … (Weed News)

 

Pot board chief pushing to open weed shops by July (Boston Herald)

 

The top pot regulator in Massachusetts is committed to a timely rollout of the law(Boston.com)

 

Massachusetts’ Top Marijuana Regulator Committed to Timely Rollout of Law (NBC Boston)

Mass. marijuana czar hopeful for on-time rollout of pot sales (The Boston Globe)

 

Mass. Legalization Advocates Seek Assurances From Cannabis Control Commission

(The Daily Chronic)

 

Chair of Massachusetts cannabis commission allays fears about his “no” vote on legalization (The Cannabist)

 

Here’s what you need to know about the new Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (MassLive.com)

 

Massachusetts Cannabis Commission Chair Says Prohibition has Failed (Ganjapreneur)

 

Chair says new Massachusetts pot regulatory board ‘energized’ (Boston.com)

 

3 of 5 pot commissioners say they’ve tried marijuana (The Patriot Ledger)

 

We need to get started right away”: Massachusetts cannabis commission gets to work(The Cannabist)

 

Slow-moving Massachusetts a concern for recreational marijuana launch (Marijuana Business Daily)

 

Cannabis Commission to begin hiring 25-person staff (Boston Business Journal)

NEIGHBORLY NUGGETS

 

MAINE

Maine’s marijuana social clubs likely to be no-smoking venues (Press Herald)

 

Maine man charged in Mass. with transporting marijuana-infused beverages (Bangor Daily News)

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Pot decriminalization law goes into effect in New Hampshire (My Fox Boston)

 

VERMONT

Scott Considers Marijuana Legalization(Middlebury Campus)

 

 

NATIONAL NUGGETS

 

Sen. Al Franken Is Evolving On Marijuana (Forbes)

 

Olivia Newton-John Uses Medical Cannabis to Help With Her Cancer Pain (SELF)

 

Marijuana company buys town in hopes of building pot paradise (WHDH-TV)

 

Fewer Young People Than Ever Feel They Have Easy Access To Cannabis: Study (Civilized)

 

Cannabis-Friendly Painting Classes Can Help Bring Out Your Inner Child – And Artist (Civilized)

 

Will Nevada Be The First State With MarijuanaLounges? (The Fresh Toast)

 

Recreational Marijuana Lounges Set To Open In Nevada, Governor Opposed To Idea (The Inquisitr)

 

As legalization spreads, marijuana use rises among college students (MultiBriefs Exclusive)

 

Smoke City! Nevada could become the first state in the US to create marijuana clubs (Daily Mail)

 

Three State Legislatures Poised to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in 2018 (Civilized)

 

Top 10 Anti-Weed Politicians Fighting Legalization(Green Rush Daily)

 

Stone Is Not a Cannabis Ally (The Portland Mercury)

 

The Great California Pot T-Shirt Ban is Dead(Cannabis Now)

 

 

THE MEDICINE

 

Olivia Newton-John Leads Fight For Medical Cannabis in Australia (IReadCulture.com)

 

Medical Protections Blocked by House Committee—Which States Will Be Affected? (Newsweek)

 

Cannabis use may lower risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (Bel Marra Health)

 

Views vary along gender lines as men remain higher on marijuana (Boston Herald)

 

Insurer says it shouldn’t have to pay for medical marijuana (Boston Herald)

 

Study: Trauma Patients Report Marijuana Helps Reduce Opioid Use (The Daily Chronic)

 

Cannabis and Pain Management Devices on Cancer Pain Market 2017 to 2022 (Medgadget)

TJM  September 12th, 2017 – TALKING JOINTS MEMO

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TJM  September 8th, 2017 – TALKING JOINTS MEMO

This week’s memo obviously starts with Steven Hoffman, the latest (and most powerful) prohibitionist (of sorts) who has been tasked with instituting legal marijuana in the Commonwealth.

Reading coverage of the press conference that the new chair of the Cannabis Control Commission held this week on Beacon Hill (which we attended for more insight on the joke being played on Mass voters), you might be fooled into believing that this is a friendly appointment. Namely, reporters were insanely entertained by a story that Hoffman, a former Bain executive who ran the vulture capital firm’s Hub office in the cutthroat ’80s, offered about smoking a joint while on vacation in Colorado last year.

We’re not going to completely hammer Hoffman, who will be taking home a mere $160,000 a year, or his fellow questionable appointees. Not yet at least. While it is obviously asinine to have people who opposed pot at the ballot box heading the most critical cannabis commission or committee in the state, the chair obviously has organizational chops from his various career stints with major businesses of all types. As could possibly be true for other absurd appointees like Jennifer Flanagan, a former state senator who, despicably, co-chaired the Joint Committee on mental Health and Substance Abuse but couldn’t bring herself to understand why Question 4 was worth supporting.

For now, the best thing everyone can do is stay informed about the people granted these responsibilities, and to keep on their asses as they steer the future of green in this state.

Chris Faraone, Editor-in-Chief, BINJ, DigBoston, TJM

 

Former Bain & Co. exec to oversee Mass. marijuana industry (Boston Business Journal)

Former Bain partner to chair Massachusetts marijuana commission (Boston Herald)

Former Bain executive, Question 4 opponent to chair cannabis commission (wwlp.com)

State announces final appointments to marijuana oversight committee (Boston Business Journal)

Opponents of marijuana legalization dominate new Mass. commission (Boston Herald)

Officials name all 5 members of powerful Mass. marijuana commission (Boston Herald)

Battenfeld: Early buzzkill for state’s legal weed (Boston Herald)

Pot panel packed with potent opponents (Boston Herald)

All 5 members appointed to Cannabis Control Commission (wwlp.com)

Most named to new Massachusetts marijuana panel voted against legal pot (WCVB Boston)

Shaleen Title On The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Is A VERY Big Deal(Weed News)

 

BREAKING: Owner of Harvard Square mall turns to federal racketeering law to try to stop nearby marijuana dispensary

ICYMI: BOSTON MAYOR WALSH SUPPORTS CANNABIS???

 

COMMONWEALTH CROP REPORT

NCCI: Employers Have Many Questions When it Comes to Pot (Claims Journal)

What does it take to grow marijuana in Massachusetts? (MassLive.com)

Marijuana Regulatory Panel Slow to Take Shape (U.S. News & World Report)

Permits for Boston Marijuana Rally Expected To Be Issued Following Lawsuit Victory(MERRY JANE)

A year after lawsuit, marijuana rally on Boston Common set to get permits (The Boston Globe)

Governor Baker Cautious About Federal Medical Marijuana Requests (CBS Boston / WBZ)

Trump’s Anti-Drug Office Wants Massachusetts’ Medical Marijuana Data (MERRY JANE)

Anti-marijuana towns to retail facilities, consumers: Your money is no good here(Worcester Sun)

Feds Seek MMJ Patient Info from Northeastern States; Massachusetts Complies(Ganjapreneur)

Proposed Newbury Street dispensaries promise: No recreational sales (The Boston Globe)

Senator Named to Massachusetts Regulatory Post Opposed Legal Cannabis (Leafly)

Will legal pot be a chance for minority business owners? (The Boston Globe)

With recreational marijuana law signed, regulatory process begins (Massachusetts Municipal Association)

Baker names first member of marijuana oversight committee (Boston Business Journal)

First member of state pot commission didn’t support legalization (The Boston Globe)

Disjointed’ is a cannabis sitcom with just enough of a buzz (The Boston Globe)

Charlie Baker’s pot board pick opposed legalization (Boston Herald)

Quarterbacking the gummy bear trick (Boulder Weekly)

Medical marijuana use opens up a potential quandary for employers (Legal News Line)

Cann Group to launch cannabis vaporizing system in Australia (Proactive Investors Australia)

Local Marijuana Entrepreneurs Ready To Roll, Just Waiting For The Green Light (Valley Advocate)

Senator Named to Marijuana Regulatory Post Opposed Legal Pot  (U.S. News & World Report)

Baker Names Flanagan To Cannabis Control Commission (WBUR)

Gov. Baker Taps State Sen. Flanagan For His Cannabis Control Commission Pick(WBUR)

Marijuana training course developed for Massachusetts doctors (wwlp.com)

Lawmakers to appoint members of Cannabis Control Commission (wwlp.com)

Cannabis is a Pathway from Opiate Addiction (Marijuana Politics)

High Time for Massachusetts Employers to Consider a Marijuana Use Policy (The National Law Review)

Our Opinion: Making the pot law work in the state (Berkshire Eagle)

Lawmakers to appoint members of Cannabis Control Commission (wwlp.com)

Editorial: Sensible warning about dangers of driving while high (GazetteNET)

Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council Launches Education Program (Cannabis Industry Journal)

Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Calls for Marijuana Decriminalization (The Daily Chronic)

Driving while stoned? It’s complicated, as case before SJC underscores (The Boston Globe)

Can cannabis panel meet aggressive deadlines? Gaming chief has doubts (The Boston Globe)

 

ROAD RUNNER

BERKSHIRES

Berkshire Leaders Try To Make Sense Of State Retail Pot Law (WAMC)

BRIDGEWATER

Temporary Ban On Recreational Pot Shops in Bridgewater Proposed (EnterpriseNews.com)

CAPE COD

Cape Cod business highlights open questions about legal marijuana (Cape Cod Times)

CONCORD

Former Boston man indicted in Concord stabbing death (The Union Leader)

FRANKLIN

Franklin Police receive state grant to combat impaired driving (The Boston Globe)

HOLYOKE

Making Holyoke into corporate drug dealer’ says Council President Kevin Jourdain about Mayor … (MassLive.com)

IPSWICH

Ipswich Pharmaceuticals seeks to grow, process and sell medicinal pot in the Berkshires (Berkshire Eagle)

LAWRENCE

Should Lawrence ban the sale of recreational marijuana? (The Boston Globe)

LENOX

Berkshire Leaders Try To Make Sense Of State Retail Pot Law (WAMC)

LEOMINSTER

Governor appoints Flanagan to Cannabis Control Commission (Leominster Champion)

MILFORD

Milford CARES to Host Forum on Recreational Pot Before Vote (MilfordDailyNews.com)

NORTHAMPTON

Heroin, pot, guns seized in Northampton drug raid (wwlp.com)

PALMER

Palmer Town Council says yes to medical marijuana growing facility (MassLive.com)

PELHAM

Pelham man sent to prison for conspiracy(Lowell Sun)

PITTSFIELD

Medical marijuana practice opens in Pittsfield: Cana Care Docs brings options closer to locals(Berkshire Eagle)

QUINCY

Crackdown on impaired driving underway in Quincy (Wicked Local)

REVERE

Three men arrested in Revere on kidnapping, drugs, weapons charges (Daily Item)

 

NEIGHBORLY NUGGETS

CONNECTICUT

Medical Marijuana Users Can Sue Their Employers (JD Supra (press release))

In the First Case of its Kind, Court Rules Federal Law Does Not Trump Employee Protections under … (Lexology)

NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Hampshire Latest to Decriminalize Cannabis (Lexology)

NEW YORK/THE REST OF NEW ENGLAND

10 States Most Likely to Pass Recreational Marijuana Next (Civilized)

VERMONT

Canna Care Docs To Open First Vermont Location: Medical Marijuana Education Center in … (Heady Vermont)


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TJM  August 17th, 2017 – TALKING JOINTS MEMO:  digboston presents:

A QUICK AND HANDY GUIDE FOR GETTING HIGH AT PROTESTS


TJM  August 28th, 2017 – TALKING JOINTS MEMO:  digboston presents:

TJM  August 10th, 2017 – TALKING JOINTS MEMO: HEADLINES

ICYMI: Massachusetts governor signs bill to allow recreational pot (The Hill)

ICYMI: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs marijuana rewrite into law (MassLive.com)

ICYMI: Massachusetts governor signs bill hiking tax on recreational pot (Reuters)

ICYMI: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Signs Marijuana Compromise Bill (Cannabis Business Times)

ICYMI: Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Bill, Starts July 1 (Marijuana.com)

NIMBY: Signing marijuana law, Massachusetts gov continues to express reservations (The Cannabist)

NIMBY: Locals express growing concern over ‘Walmarts of weed’ rolling in [+video] (Boston Herald)

NIMBY: Pot shops In Someone Else’s Backyard? Not quite (The Boston Globe)

Brief Guide to Massachusetts’ New Cannabis Law (Leafly)

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Signs Marijuana Compromise Bill (Cannabis Business Times)

Special Report: Smokescreen over pot panel worries backers (Boston Herald)

Treasurer Goldberg Names 5 to Cannabis Advisory Board (GoLocal Worcester)

Pitfalls abound as state readies pot oversight agency (The Boston Globe)

SJC to hear growing concerns (Boston Herald)

Editorial: Problematic pot law (Boston Herald)

Marijuana Legalization Law Would Free People Behind Bars for Weed Offenses (Newsweek)

Advisory board in ‘holding pattern’ until cannabis commission formed (Boston Herald)

Former Suffolk sheriff among Healey’s picks for pot board (Boston Herald)

Giving Back from Ganja Profits: Industry Efforts Raise Thousands for Charity (Cannabis Now)

Advisory board in ‘holding pattern’ until cannabis commission formed (Boston Herald)

State begins erecting marijuana regulatory structure (Metro US)

Mass. pot law draws mixed reactions (The Recorder)

Massachusetts Attorney General Appoints Five To Cannabis Control Commission (Framingham Source)

Recreational marijuana oversight board gets five new members (Boston Business Journal)

Mass. marijuana panel starts on regulatory structure (Worcester Telegram)

Douglas H. Leighton Joins BudTrader.com as an Investor and Advisory Board Member (Markets Insider)

State begins writing weed regs (Berkshire Eagle)

Court: Dog’s sniff can’t tell if cannabis is legal or not (The Leaf Online)

Baker picks for pot advisory board include anti-pot police chief (The Boston Globe)

US couples are installing open marijuana bars at their weddings (The Independent)

Huff, puff, pass? AG’s pot fury not echoed by task force (Boston Herald)

Sisson named to pot board (Lowell Sun)

Goldberg aide atop cannabis commission? (The Boston Globe)

State pot advisers eye fed crackdown (Boston Herald)

 

ROAD RUNNER

BERKSHIRES

BERNARDSTON

CAPE COD

EAST BROOKFIELD

EASTHAMPTON

 

HOLYOKE

PITTSFIELD

WESTPORT

WOBURN

NEIGHBORLY NUGGETS

MAINE

RHODE ISLAND

VERMONT

NATIONAL NUGGETS

Trump Commission Calls for ‘State of Emergency’ Over Opioids (Leafly)

Trump’s opioid commission ignores 7800 public comments about weed (VICE News)

Sessions’ Hand Gets Slapped (Weekly Alibi)

80 Years Ago Today: President Signs First Federal Anti-Marijuana Law (Freedom Leaf)

CALIFORNIA

COLORADO

FLORIDA

MARYLAND

 

MICHIGAN

MISSOURI

NEVADA

NEW JERSEY

OHIO

WASHINGTON, DC

CANNABIZ CORNER

Pot lobby flashed cash to tweak law (Boston Herald)

The Problem with Legal Weed: Its Carbon Footprint!(Power Line)

In the state of the Puritans, chance to buy pot legally moves ahead (USA TODAY)

Breaking News: AmeriCann Supports Governor Signing Landmark Massachusetts Cannabis Bill(Financialbuzz.com)

CannaKorp, Inc. to Webcast, Live, at VirtualInvestorConferences.com August 3 (PR Newswire)

Reverend Al Sharpton to Keynote at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions in Los Angeles(WireUpdate)

Giving Back from Ganja Profits: Industry Efforts Raise Thousands for Charity (Cannabis Now)

MEDICAL

As legal recreational weed gains traction, doctors stay informed through new cannabis curriculum(Metro US)

Statehouse recap: Legal weed and health care dispute (Berkshire Eagle)

Education needed before doctors recommend marijuana (witf.org)

Mass. doctors group hashes out cannabis curriculum (Boston Business Journal)

Med dispensaries will get a jump on new retailers (Boston Herald)

Survey: Nearly Half Of People Who Use Cannabidiol Products Stop Taking Traditional Medicines(FORBES)

Can Marijuana Cure Cancer? Ways In Which Cannabis Can Be Helpful (International Business Times)

BIG LEAGUE CHEW

NBA

NFL

TJM  August 2nd, 2017 – TALKING JOINTS MEMO: HEADLINES

COMMONWEALTH CROP REPORT

Breaking Down The Changes To Mass. Recreational Marijuana Bill (WBUR)

Marijuana in Massachusetts: Here are the first appointees to a key advisory panel (MassLive)

What’s in the Mass. marijuana law signed by Gov. Baker? (My Fox Boston)

Rewriting the pot law was a breeze compared to what comes next (Boston Globe)

Watch state Ganja Gang as it grows like a weed (Boston Herald)

Activists cheer pot bill provision allowing previously convicted to work in industry (Boston Globe)

Senate President Stan Rosenberg Defends Legality Of Marijuana Compromise Bill (WGBH)

Pot overhaul could face legal challenges (Salem News)

Smokescreen over pot panel worries backers (Boston Herald)

Massachusetts Cannabis Overhaul Could Prompt Legal Challenge (Leafly)

Legal marijuana bill finally reaches Gov. Baker’s desk (Metro)

Where would the money from recreational marijuana sales tax go? (WWLP)

Mass. doctors group hashes out cannabis curriculum (Boston Business Journal)

Pitfalls abound as state readies pot oversight agency (Boston Globe)

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to sign bill rewriting state’s marijuana laws on Friday (MassLive)

Marijuana decision opens door to troubling implications (Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly)

 

PROHIBITIONIST WATCH

Boston doctor researching unusual marijuana-related illness (My Fox Boston)

Editorial: Through the haze of legal pot sales (T&G)

Editorial: Problematic pot law (Boston Herald)

Imagine what CBO-style analysis could do for marijuana in Mass (Boston.com)

 

BIG NEWS

Medical marijuana discrimination case can move forward, SJC rules (My Fox Boston)

MORE BIG NEWS

Massachusetts Medical Society launches Comprehensive Cannabis Curriculum series for doctors(Massachusetts Medical Society)

ROAD RUNNER

ACTON

AUBURN

BOSTON

 

BRIDGEWATER

BROOKLINE

CAMBRIDGE

CAPE COD

FRAMINGHAM

HADLEY

HAVERHILL

MANSFIELD

HOLYOKE

MELROSE

METHUEN

MILTON

NORWELL

SALEM

WALTHAM

WOBURN

HIGH NEIGHBOR

CONNECTICUT

MAINE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

RHODE ISLAND

NATIONAL NUGGETS

Ex-Jets Player Sues Jeff Sessions to Legalize Marijuana (New York Post)

Sessions vs The Senate: Committee Votes to Uphold MMJ Protections (Cannabis Now)

Sessions vs The Senate: Committee Votes to Uphold MMJ Protections (Cannabis Now)

Drone carrying cellphone, marijuana crashes in prison yard (My Fox Boston)

Could job protection for medical marijuana patients happen in California? (OC Register)

DEA solicited applications to grow marijuana for research. It hasn’t approved one (STAT)

Neighborhood tensions arise as residents learn of plans for medical marijuana dispensaries (Baltimore Sun)

Trading veggies for herb: Produce grower planting cannabis in million-square-foot greenhouse (The Cannabist)

On A Boat? Cannabis is Still Illegal, US Coast Guard Says (Leafly)

CANNABIZ CORNER

This Machine Will Tell You How Strong Your Weed Is In One Minute (The Fresh Toast)

An Abandoned Pepsi Factory is Being Turned into a Massive Marijuana Grow (Business Insider)

Colorado’s government raking in cash after legalizing pot (WKBW-TV)

What Does Net Neutrality Mean for Legal Cannabis? (Cannabis Now)

Best Practices: Cannabis Executives Share Social Media Advice (Forbes)

Boston startup dives into marijuana industry with high-tech sensor to weed out impurities (Boston Globe)

Colorado’s Legal Cannabis Revenue Hits the $500 Million Mark (Cannabis Now)

Ohio employers confront marijuana use (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

Buy a millennial a beer. Their distaste for a cold one is a threat to the industry (News Tribune)

 

 

TJM  August 1st, 2017: From this week’s Dig Boston –  Getting to know your new weed law

 For all the holy hell that we have given countless Beacon Hill lawmakers over their meddling with the cannabis law passed by voters last year, there are also a few legislators who stood firmly during the negotiation process, who helped salvage several important components of the original law, and who have been keeping constituents up to date with blog posts that drill into every last detail.

TJM  July 28th, 2017:

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs marijuana rewrite into law

TJM  July 27th, 2017:

TJM  July 25th, 2017: From this week’s Dig Boston…. the New England Cannabis Tourist Industry is here! 

CHECK OUT THE FIRST ‘BUD AND BREAKFAST’ CANNABIS HOTEL IN THE NORTHEAST (GTFO: MAINE)


TJM  July 18th, 2017: RECAP OF A CRITICAL DAY IN MASS CANNABIS HISTORY

A legislative compromise on cannabis plus a legal win for patient

Before we get to the exciting (or at least somewhat comforting) news about progress on the Beacon Hill cannabis lawmaking front, it would be a shame to let those legislative headlines overshadow the important recent happening in Massachusetts courts that could affect anyone with a job who gets high. In order to avoid confusion about said legal decision when an explanation can be easily lifted from the reliable Adam Gaffin, who covers the courts regularly, here’s a snippet from his writeup on Universal Hub:

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled that voter approval of medicinal marijuana means employers can no longer simply fire workers who test positive for THC on a drug test if they can prove they were using the drug with a doctor’s prescription.

The ruling comes in the case of a woman who was consuming marijuana two to three times a week to help ease the pain of Crohn’s Disease and who tested positive for marijuana administered by her new employer, for which she handed out samples in supermarkets – and which she had informed about her usage.

Trotting out the victory for all to see, an attorney for the winning party from the Boston law offices of Vicente Sederberg released the following statement:

The Supreme Judicial Court today has given medical marijuana patients the same protections enjoyed by millions of other workers who use various medicines to enhance their physical well-being … With medical marijuana legal in most states, this ruling provides a critical step forward in defining employer actions regarding workers whose off-site legal use presents no workplace impairment issues.

As for that compromise bill in the State House …

Believe us when we say there will be many gripes about the rewrite of the recreational cannabis law, regardless of how much the specifics seem like wins considering the threats recently posed by prohibitionist lawmakers. The language being used by advocates is clearly cautious at the moment—not exactly blasting representatives, but not applauding them either. Jim Borghesani, the communications director for the Yes on 4 campaign, wrote in a public comment:

While we have yet to see the final bill, we are relieved that a compromise has been reached and the regulatory structure can soon start moving forward.  The compromise alters the approach on taxes and local control contained in Question 4, but it falls far short of the onerous House language, which would have added untold difficulties to establishing an effective regulatory system.  We urge the governor to sign the bill when it reaches his desk, and we urge him, the House and the Senate to ensure adequate funding to move the regulatory system forward.

Knowing what we know, at this time it feels most appropriate to deflect all accountability and refrain from editorializing until the dust settles. Still there’s plenty of important reading to do, and thankfully state Sen. William Brownsberger of Belmont posted all the information you need at williambrownsberger.com, including:

1 –  The actual “Act to ensure safe access to medical and adult-use of marijuana in the Commonwealth” as it emerged from the Marijuana Conference Committee on Monday. (You can also read the official document here.)

2 – As well as Brownsberger’s excellent point-by-point breakdown, including explainers on everything from (the lack of) changes to possession and home cultivation rules to tweaks made to both local rulesand regulatory structure.

We recommend reading up closely and following this one through—with us along to help you of course—but here are some summaries from Brownsberger that may be of immediate interest. Under the current rewrite, which still needs approval from Gov. Charlie Baker, there will be:

  • No reduction in the freedom to possess marijuana—in fact, it increases the amounts permittedwithout criminal sanction.
  • No reduction in the freedom to grow marijuana within a home—in fact in it eliminates criminal liability for home grow by persons under 21.
  • No change to the basic principle that the voters of each community, as opposed to the elected officials of each community, get to decide whether marijuana establishments will be able to operate in the community

Finally, we’re going to do what we did last time there was major breaking marijuana news on Beacon Hill, and add a few unusual headline categories. Immediately after this editor’s note are HELPFUL HEADY LINES, which are links to articles that are still very relevant. Those are followed by a MASS HEADLINE DUMPSTER, which is full of all the articles you may want to check out but which are pretty much irrelevant at this point, and then back to the partitions as usual—from hyper-local headlines (ROAD RUNNER) to New England and national news.

Stay Tuned,

Chris Faraone, Editor-in-Chief

 

TJM  July 18th, 2017: HELPFUL HEADY LINES

Firing somebody with a medical-marijuana prescription is illegal discrimination, court rules (Universal Hub)

Mass. lawmakers unveil proposed overhaul of marijuana law (Boston Globe)

Read the Massachusetts marijuana bill (MassLive)

Lawmakers agree to rewrite of voter-approved pot law, propose taxes up to 20 percent (MassLive)

The Compromise Marijuana Bill Is Finally Done (Boston Magazine)

Why City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is Pushing for Equity in Marijuana Licensing (WGBH)

Lawmakers Find Common Ground On Marijuana Tax (CBS Boston / WBZ)

TJM  July 18th, 2017:MASS HEADLINE DUMPSTER

Mass. Towns Balking at Pot Shops as Beacon Hill Weighs Tighter Local Approvals (Boston Globe)

Pro-Marijuana Advocates Fine With it if Mass Lawmakers Can’t Come Up With Pot Law Rewrite (Masslive.com)

Couple weds in marijuana facility to back new laws (Boston Globe)

Lawmakers Negotiating on Mass Marijuana Law Get Back to Work (TheCannabist.co)

Recreational Cannabis Bill Debate Picks Up In Mass (Investingnews.com)

Marijuana Bill Still Undecided by Lawmakers (WWLP)

Uncertainty, Debate Continue as Marijuana Law Talks Drag On (BizJournal.com)

Lawmakers Resume Talks on Compromise Marijuana Bill (NBC Boston)

Boston: Lawmakers to Restart Talks on Compromise Marijuana Bill (95.9 WATD)

Still No Deal on Pot Bill; Baker Suggests Time Running Short (US News)

Recreational Marijuana Committee at a Standstill on Measure (Salem News)

On Marijuana Law, the Legislature is Fixing Something That Isn’t Broken (Boston Globe)

Editorial: Pot Parlor Games (Boston Herald)

Talks to Resume as Lawmakers Seek Compromise on Marijuana Bill (NBC Boston)

Advocates see a chance to raise Mass. alcohol tax (The Boston Globe)

Mass. budget, marijuana bills appear intertwined in larger bargaining (The Recorder)

Mass. budget, marijuana bills entwined in larger bargaining (SouthCoastToday.com)

Marijuana Advocates Says $2M From State Won’t Be Enough (BizJournals.com)

Lawmakers Resume Talks on Compromise Marijuana Bill (USNews.com)

Talks to resume as lawmakers seek compromise on pot bill (Boston Herald)

Talks To Resume As Lawmakers Seek Pot Bill Compromise (CBS Boston / WBZ)

Massachusetts Lawmakers Want to Delay Recreational Cannabis Regulations Even Further (MERRY JANE)

Beacon Hill Gridlock On Budget, Marijuana Legalization (WBUR)

Massachusetts Speaker: Suspend Cannabis Negotiations Until Budget Plan Is Approved (Leafly)

House speaker says to pause weed bill to focus on overdue state budget (Metro US)

Pot talks on hold as Legislature eyes budget deal (Boston Herald)

Talks to Resume as Lawmakers Seek Compromise on Pot Bill (U.S. News & World Report)

Legislature signals budget deal, but stays mum on the details (Boston Globe)

Massachusetts top Dems argue over what to fix first: state budget or marijuana bill (The Cannabist)

Long weekend failed to produce budget, marijuana deals (Gloucester Daily Times)

Massachusetts lawmakers say they’ve reached budget agreement, plan to vote on massive state …(MassLive.com)

Massachusetts Lawmakers Continue Efforts to Strike Compromise on Marijuana (NECN)

Lawmakers Approve Compromise $40.2 Billion State Budget (U.S. News & World Report)

Here are 9 takeaways from the new $40.2 billion Massachusetts budget deal sent to Gov. Charlie …(MassLive.com)

Gov. Charlie Baker on Massachusetts budget: ‘They need to get something to our desk’ (MassLive.com)

Blowing past deadlines, Massachusetts lawmakers still at odds over state budget, marijuana law …(MassLive.com)

Massachusetts top Dems argue over what to fix first: state budget or marijuana bill (The Cannabist)

DeLeo suspends pot negotiations until budget plan is approved (Boston Globe)

Beacon Hill Marijuana Talks Drag On (SalemNews.com)

Dempsey Pitches Higher Pot Tax (Commonwealth Magazine)

Mass Lawmakers Prepare to Vote on New State Budget (Normangeestar.net)

Communities, Activists and Businesses in Holding Partner While Mass Legislatures Debate Pot (MetrowestDaily.com)

 

TJM  July 18th, 2017: ROAD RUNNER (MASS HYPER-LOCAL)

BOSTON

BOURNE

BRIDGEWATER

GEORGETOWN

GREENFIELD

IPSWICH

LAWRENCE

METHUEN

NATICK

SUDBURY

TJM  July 18th, 2017: NEIGHBORLY NUGGETS (NEW ENGLAND)

CONNECTICUT

MAINE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

VERMONT

TJM  July 18th, 2017:THE LAB (NEW SECTION WITH MEDICAL LINKS)

Alcohol, Not Weed, Manipulates Brain Structure (High Times)

93% of Patients Prefer Cannabis Over Opioids for Managing Pain, According to New Study (ScienceAlert.com)

Lawsuit Filed Over Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban (www.sun-sentinel.com)

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Takes on Training for Medical Marijuana (Baltimore Sun)

Will You Still Need a Medical Card When Recreational Cannabis is Legal? (Green Rush Daily)

Big Green: Marijuana Merger of Harvest, Cultivation Company May Bear Fruit for Patients (Phoenix New Times)

Youth Marijuana Use Fell By 17 Percent Over Past Decade, Study Finds (Daily Caller)

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Can Reduce Property Crime, Study Finds (Bizjournals.com)

Microdosing Cannabis for Sex: How to Use Minimal THC for Maximal Pleasure (Leafly.com)

Man Wins Historic Medical Marijuana Trial (NBC Miami)

Marijuana Treats Migraine Pain Better Than Prescription Medication, Study Finds (Forbes)

Cannabis Can Relieve Symptoms of Lyme Disease (TheFreshToast.com)

TJM  July 18th, 2017: CANNABIZ CORNER / PRESS RELEASES

Marijuana Billboard in South Boston Called ‘Insensitive’ (Boston Globe)

Denver Businesses Will Be First in the Nation to Allow Cannabis Use (www.marijuana.com)

Weedmaps Billboard Removed in South Boston (Ganjaprenuer.com)

Bank Shuts Account For Pot Advocacy Group (USA Today)

Viewpoint: Marijuana patents could plant the seeds of future lawsuits (Boston Business Journal)

The Fresh Toast Marijuana Legislative Roundup: July 10 (Thefreshtoast.com)

Legal Marijuana is a Job Creation Engine (Drug War Chronicle)

How BCC is Rolling Up the US Cannabis Industry (New Cannabis Ventures (blog))

Want to 3D print your own marijuana edibles? Check out Potent Rope (Digital Trends)

Ex-Insys Employee in U.S. Kickback Case Loses Fight to Smoke Pot (USNews.com)

This is the Next High Growth Vertical of the Cannabis Industry (Minyanville)

MariMed Raises $5.2 Million for Cannabis Facility Development; Spurs Revenue Growth (NASDAQ)

MassRoots to Acquire Cannabis Compliance Firm Odava (Ganjapreneur.com)

Nonwhite Business Owners in D.C. Just Got Extra Incentive to Open a Medicinal Marijuana Dispensary(Atlanta Black Star)

Davis Malm Launches Cannabis Law Practice (ITbusiness.com)

TJM  July 18th, 2017:  NEVADA GOLD RUSH

TJM  July 18th, 2017: NATIONAL NUGGETS

Imagine If The Media Covered Alcohol Like Other Drugs (Vox)

Outdated, Sagging Colorado Schools get $300 Million Boost From Pot Sales, Other Taxes (Denver Post)

Dispatch #1: The Colorado Marijuana Connection (Berkshire Eagle)

Dispatch #2: A Blindingly Bright Room of Denver Green (Berkshire Eagle)

One Easy Fix for America’s Infrastructure Crisis: Weed (VICE)

Lawmakers Seek Property Tax on Pot That Raises Revenue But Keeps Buyers Off Black Market (Pressherald.com)

As States Keep Saying Yes to marijuana, Attorney General Says No (Boston Globe)

Authorities: Pot Dealer Says He Killed 4 Men (Boston Herald)
Man Who Tried to Sell Grass Clippings as Marijuana Arrested, Police Say (FOX 25)


TJM   July 7th, 2017:    COMMONWEALTH CROP REPORT

Mass. Senate, House at Odds Over Marijuana Legalization (Daily Free Press)

Lawmakers Face Dueling Version of Marijuana Legalization (Public News Service)

Editorial: Choosing Sides On Pot (BostonHerald)

Lawmakers Touch Marijuana ‘Third Rail’ (Carver Wicked Local)

The Six Key Issues Mass. Lawmakers Will Try to Agree on Before Passing Pot Law Overhaul (WBUR)

Peter Lucas: Hey, Dude, It’s Bong Time on Beacon Hill (Lowell Sun)

Some Urgency, Please, on Beacon Hill (Boston Globe)

In Mass, Small Group Working Behind Closed Doors to Reach Cannabis Compromise (The Cannabist)

House Speaker Robert DeLeo Signals Room to Compromise on Marijuana Tax (Recorder.com)

Richard Evans: House Marijuana Bill Rejects The Will of Voters (Patriot Ledger)

Mass House Speaker DeLeo Hints at Marijuana Tax (Berkshire Eagle)

No Deal Yet on Rewrite of Mass Marijuana Law(MassLive.com)

State Lawmakers Face Self-Imposed Deadline on Charges to Mass Marijuana Law (WGBH)

Keller @ Large: Time to Reach Reasonable Compromise on Marijuana Rollout (CBS Boston)

State Lawmakers at Impasse Over Marijuana Bill (WHDH)

Informal Talks on Revamped Marijuana Bill Stall (NBC Boston)

Mass Lawmakers Miss Deadline for Marijuana Deal (NECN)

The House and Senate Still at Odds Over Mass Marijuana Bill (WBUR)

Action on Pot Bill Postponed Again (Boston Herald)

Mass to Begin Fiscal Year Without Full-Year Budget in Place (Boston Globe)

O Cannabis!: Mass. Politicians Want to Charge How Much for an Eighth? (ValleyAdvocate.com)

Councilor: Give Minorities a Stake in Pot Biz (Boston Herald)

Questions Remain on Charges to Pot Laws (Boston Globe)

 

TJM  July 7th, 2017:  ROADRUNNER REPORTS

 

BOSTON

FALL RIVER

HADLEY

LAWRENCE

LENOX

STONEHAM

TYNGSBOROUGH

WEYMOUTH

WEST SPRINGFIELD

TJM  July 7th, 2017:  NEIGHBORLY NUGGETS

Moratorium on Growing Pot for Six Months (Jamestownpress.com)

Proposal for ‘Incremental Legalization’ of Marijuana (NewPortThisWeek.com)

On the Gov’s Desk: Health, Education, and Marijuana Bills (RIPR.com)

Boaters Advised: Marijuana Still Illegal on the High Seas (Press Herald)

Click to see: HOW DID YOUR REPRESENTATIVE VOTE ON THE HOUSE BILL?

TJM July 7th, 2017:  NATIONAL NUGGETS

Data Dive: Cannabis Sales Keep Climbing in Washington and Colorado (Leafy.com)

Koch Network to Trump Administration: “You Are Never Going to Win the War on Drugs. Drugs Won.” (Denver Post)

IIHS: State With Legal Marijuana Have More Auto Crashes (Appsforpcdaily.com)

After Not Wavering, Christie’s Successor Likely to Decide Fate of Marijuana in New Jersey(NBC Boston)

Ingredient in Popular Weed Killer Going on List as Cancerous (KWWL.com)

Insufficient Evidence to Support Pediatric Medicinal Marijuana Use (Healio.com)

Trending News Today: Monstanto’s Weed Killer Added to List of Cancer-Causing Chemicals (Specialtypharmacytimes.com)

Oregon Ranks Low on Cannabis Industry Transparency (Oregonbusiness.com)

The Feds Will Be Drug Testing Drivers at Burning Man (Cannabisnow.com)

Here’s The Complete List of Where PA’s 52 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Will Be (Thecannabist.co)

Company Seeking to Dispense Medical Marijuana Eyes Site on McKnight Road(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Nearly Two Tons of Marijuana Disguised as Lettuce Seized at US-Mexico Border (FOX 25 Boston)

Indy Police Dismantle Large-Scale Pot Distribution Network (FOX 25 News)

TJM July 7th, 2017:  FEAR AND SMOKING IN LAS VEGAS

You Can Now Buy Legal Marijuana in Nevada (Business Insider)

Nevada Recreational Rollout Still on Schedule for July 1 (CannabisNow.com)

Las Vegas Will Start Selling Recreational Pot on July 1 (MensJournal.com)

What Happens in Vegas: Nevada Puts Pot on the Menu for Fun-Seeker (USNews.com)

Nevada Senator to be First Recreational Sale in Nevada (OccNewspaper.com)

Nevada Licensed Adult Use Marijuana Sales Set to Begin Saturday (TheDailyChronic.net)

You’ll Soon Be Able to Buy Legal Weed in Vegas. Good Luck Finding a Place to Smoke It (DeathandTaxesMag.com)

Nevada Launches Sale of Legal Recreational Marijuana (Boston Globe)

Tourists, Locals Buy Nevada’s Legal Recreational Marijuana (FOX 25 News)

People Line Up To Buy Recreational Marijuana in Nevada (Slate)

TJM July 7th, 2017:  CANNABIS, COPS & CARNAGE

Stop Justifying Based on Marijuana Use (Huffington Post)

Archand: Before Fatal Shooting, Minn. Officer Smelled Trouble (Boston Herald)

Inmate Charged in Brutal Jail Beating of Peter Tosh’s Son (CTPost.com)


TJM  June 27th, 2017: EDITOR’S NOTE

Is your head still spinning from the nonsense and shenanigans on Beacon Hill? Ours too, but of course that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop sharing critical info. This installment of Talking Joints Memo packs in way more links than usual, as this has arguably been the busiest stretch of day-after-day cannabis news since November.

We’re giving you a choice this week. If you want to quickly catch up on the latest news about how rival House and Senate rewrites of the Massachusetts marijuana bill are being negotiated behind closed doors by a ridiculous, unfit, and arbitrary group of lawmakers—who are supposed to emerge with a compromise by the end of this week—go straight to the “HELPFUL HEADY LINES” section and dig in.

If you want to retrace all the nitty gritty nuggets though, we are also including a “MASS HEADLINE DUMPSTER” with links to dozens of articles that came and went over the past week. Just because they are outdated doesn’t mean the public should forget about the cowardly maneuvers that some pols tried to pull (and in a few cases, that they’re still trying to pull).

But first, a few of the reactions that we heard from advocates in the immediate wake of the shameful House vote:

  • From Jim Borghesani, communications director for the Yes on 4 Coalition: “The House repealed and replaced the historic measure enacted by Massachusetts residents last November. They did it with virtually no public discussion or debate. Their bill is wrong on taxes, wrong on local control, weak on social justice and irresponsible on regulatory efficiency.  Their proposed regulatory system is structured for the approval of three casino licenses, not hundreds of retail, manufacturing and cultivating licenses. This retrofitted casino bill is a far cry from what voters overwhelmingly approved last year.”
  • From Equitable Opportunities NOW!, a “group of advocates and activists concerned with racial equity and social justice in the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts”: “We are profoundly troubled by the dramatic changes made to the marijuana legalization law that the voters passed last November, specifically a change that allows people with past marijuana convictions and their “associates” to be banned from owning or working in a marijuana business.”

Chris Faraone, Editor-in-Chief , TJM & Dig Boston

TJMJune 27th, 2017:  FEATURE

 House Passes Controversial Cannabis Bill, Setting up Showdown

 

COMMONWEALTH CROP REPORT

Behind closed doors, lawmakers work on plan to rewrite pot law (Boston Globe)

House OK’s bill that would redo recreational marijuana law (AP)

Marijuana Bill Rewrites: What’s in the Senate, House Proposals (FOX 25)

Dueling Plans Split on Pot Taxes, Sales Ban (Eagle Tribune)

House Approves Revamp of Recreational Pot Law(CBS Boston)

The Need for Medical Marijuana Delivery in Mass (Marijuana.com)

Bill Opens Door For Public Pot Smoking in Mass (Wicked Local)

Sen. Brownsberger Talks Recreational Weed and SIFs (Boston Herald)

Parents Fear Loss of Medical Marijuana for Seizure Control (Worcester Telegram)

Medical Pot Advocates Fear Law Changes(Gloucester Times)

The Latest Addition to the Themed-Yoga Craze? Yoga and Marijuana (Boston Globe)

Medical Marijuana Advocates Fear Change to Pot Law (Salem News)

 

TJMJune 27th, 2017: ROAD RUNNER REPORTS

BOSTON

BROCKTON

CAMBRIDGE

FALMOUTH

JAMAICA PLAIN

METHUEN

WALPOLE

WORCESTER

Central Mass Has Mixed Views on Marijuana Law Changes (Worcester Telegram)

 

TJMJune 27th, 2017:  FEATURES

READ THE YES ON 4 COALITION’S LETTER TO THE CANNABIS CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

FEATURED: ‘LET ME MAKE THIS DISTINCTION’

Tito Jackson

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson on embracing cannabis reform

(watch the full video here)

TJMJune 20th, 2017:  COMMONWEALTH CROP REPORT

Keller @ Large: Gov. Charlie Baker Weighs in on Tax Issues (CBS Boston)

MA Guts Pot INdustry Protections For People of Color (Cannabisnow.com)

Critics Say House Pot Bill Weakens Diversity Efforts (US News)

Senate Debates Bill to Reform Mass Marijuana Laws (WWLP)

Mass Senate Passes Marijuana Bill (Boston Globe)

Mass Senate Passes Opposing Legalization Bill to House Version (Marijuana.com)

Keller @ Large: Angry Marijuana Advocates Need to Chill Out (CBS Boston)

Mass Senate Proposal Holds Line on Marijuana Taxes (Boston.com)

Mass Senate Continues Work on Recreational Marijuana Bill (CBS Boston)

In Rewrite of Pot Ballot Questions, Senate Has Lighter Touch (Boston Globe)

Mass Lawmakers Eye Consensus on Pot Bill, But Differences Remain (NECN)

House, Senate Pot Bill Differences Upset Marijuana Legalization Supporters (CBS Boston)

Lawmakers Scramble to Finish Pot Legislation (Boston Herald)

Mass Senate Passes Pot Bill (Metro Boston)

Mass Senate Passes Revised Marijuana Bill With Original 12 Percent Tax (Masslive.com)

Mass Senate Passes Bill to Redo Recreational Marijuana Law (NECN)

Mass House Passes Bill to “Repeal and Replace” Voter-Approved Recreational Marijuana Law (Cannabist)

Senate Passes Marijuana Bill Calling for Revisions to Law (USNews.com)

Mass Marijuana Tax More Than Doubles in House-Approved Bill (MassLive.com)

Mass House Delays Vote on Rewrite of Recreational Marijuana Bill (Cannabisbusinesstimes.com)

Mass House Will Reconsider Controversial Rewrite of Cannabis Legalization Bill (Merryjane.com)

Under Pressure, Mass Lawmakers Delay Vote on Recreational Marijuana Revisions (Thecannabist.com)

Pot Advocates Decry House’s Plans to Change Legalization Law (Boston Globe)

Facing delay, lawmakers left with few options on pot bill (Bostonglobe.com)

Not So Fast: The Pot Law Overhaul Just Stalled (Boston Magazine)

Mass Senate Proposal Holds Line on Marijuana Taxes (FOX 25)

Mass Senate Draft Bill Keeps 12 Percent Marijuana Tax (WBUR)

Senate Draft of Mass Cannabis Legalization Bill Keeps 12% Tax (MerryJane.com)

Mass House Delays Vote on Changes to the Voter Approved Marijuana Law (MarijuanaTimes.com)

Protests Expected During Marijuana Debate (WCVB)

Division on How to Amend Marijuana Laws (Sentinelandenterprise.com)

Marijuana Law Debate Postponed on Beacon Hill (Bizjournal.com)

Marijuana Law Rewrite Criticized, DeLeo Postpones Debate (Patriot Ledger)

Mass House Rewriting Pot Bill with Monday Target (Southcoasttoday.com)

 

TJM  WATCH: TJM EDITOR CHRIS FARAONE TALK CANNABIS POLITICS ON NECN

TJMJune 20th, 2017:  NEIGHBORLY NUGGETS

NEW HAMPSHIRE

MAINE

VERMONT  

Vermont Legalization Deal Likely This Week (Cannabis Now)

TJMJune 20th, 2017: NATIONAL NUGGETS

High Times: A Look At Weed Tax Laws Across The Country (Boston Globe)

Legality of Cannabis in Mass, U.S. in Question, While Mexico Moves Forward (Inquisitr)

These 12 States Consume the Most Marijuana (Weedreader.com)

Boxing champion Wilder charged with marijuana possession (Bostonherald.com)

Police Searches Drop Dramatically in States That Legalized Marijuana (NBC Boston)

Study Links Legal Pot with Increase in Car Crash Claims (CBS Boston)

As Pot Comes Out of Black Market, Regulators Face Scrutiny (Boston Herald)

Pa. Needs to Clear the Smoke Around Medical Marijuana Permitting Process (PennLive.com)

Is There Weed Industry Diversity? (MSNBC)

Leafly Interview: Dirty Trickster Roger Stone Talks Cannabis Legalization and Trump(Leafly.com)

Two U.S. Studies Differ Over Effects of Marijuana on Drivers (Reuters)

International Airport in Florida Bans Medical Marijuana (FOX 25)

AP Explains: Sorting Out the Cannabis Conundrum (USNEWS.com)

TJMJune 20th, 2017: CANNABIZ CORNER / PRESS RELEASES

Property Values Surge in Boston Thanks to Cannabis Startups (Ireadculture.com)

JUDGE: Only Alcohol Distributors Can Transport Recreational Marijuana to Retailers (Las Vegas Now)

Marijuana Group Says PNC Banks to Close its Accounts Amid Fears of a DOJ Crackdown (Boston Globe)

MariMed Client Opens Nevada Medical Cannabis Cultivation Facility(Globenewswire.com)

Big Pharma Wants a Monopoly on One of Weed’s Key Medical Compounds (Motherboard.com)

Nevada’s Alcohol Wholesalers Rain On Pots Coming Out Party (Marijuana.com)

Nevada Will Likely See Recreational Cannabis Delay Following Court Ruling (Marijuana Resources)

HelloMD Announces Partnership with Medical Cannabis Provider PharmaCannis (Telecomreseller.com)

Will Regulations Dampen Promo Sales in the Cannabis Industry? (Asicentral.com)

Recreational Sales of Marijuana in Nevada in Limbo (Boston Herald)

This California Startup Wants to Make Online Cannabis Shopping Easier for Coloradans (BizWest.com)

Weed Fraud: Are Weed Testing Labs Inflating Potency Data to Make More Money? (Vice)

Montana Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owner Sentenced to Federal Prison(Missoulian.com)

Mexico Legalizes Medical Marijuana (Leafly.com)


New England Cannabis News Archive

October  10, 2016 – More than Half of Massachusetts Residents Support Cannabis Legalization

Results from a poll conducted by Western New England University Polling Institute show that 57 percent of Massachusetts voters strongly support the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol ballot initiative. The poll also showed that 35 percent oppose legalization, and 7 percent are undecided.

Massachusetts Poll: 57 Percent Support For Legalizing Marijuana For Adults by The Weed Blog

April 15, 2016 – Vermont Residents One Step Closer to Legal Cannabis

With a 6-3 vote, Vermont’s House Ways and Means Committee passed a bill that allows Vermont residents to grow up to two cannabis plants at home, and removes fines related to the state’s current decriminalization law for small amounts of marijuana.

Vermont House Committee Passes Marijuana Bill by Marijuana.com


April 15, 2016 – Diverse Cannabis Industry Professionals Come Together for Legal Update

The wind and rain couldn’t keep attendees and organizer’s from participating in Women Grow: Boston’s first Signature Networking Event. Experts from CRMLA, LEAP and MMPR discussed the current legal environment around cannabis and the next steps to the legalization of cannabis for adult use.
Standing-Room Only at Women Grow: Boston’s First Signature Networking Event by Beth Waterfall


April 15, 2016 – Top Massachusetts Politicians Gang Up on Cannabis

Despite growing support for legalization among their constituents, Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh, Speaker Robert DeLeo, and select legislators and healthcare professionals formed an Anti-Marijuana Committee, claiming that legalization would be harmful to children and those fighting opioid addiction.

Baker, Walsh, DeLeo Form Bipartisan Anti-Marijuana Legalization Committee  by CBS

April 10, 2016 – Support Growing in Connecticut for Medical Marijuana for Kids

A growing group of doctors and lawmakers in Connecticut are pushing for access to medical marijuana for children suffering from terminal illnesses and other debilitating conditions such as epilepsy. Unlike earlier proposals, this legislation is backed by a group of Connecticut pediatricians.

Suffering Children In Connecticut Deserve Access To Medical Cannabis Treatment by The Weed Blog

April 11, 2016 – Judge Brings Cannabis Legalization One Step Closer to Maine

A Maine judge overturned a decision that had nullified the signatures of more than 26,000 supporters of the state’s Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. After a review of the signatures by the Secretary of State’s office, it is likely that the question will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Reversal of fortune: Maine pot proposal could make November ballot by The Cannabist

April 6, 2016 – RI AG Urges Lawmakers to Proceed with Caution

RI lawmakers have moved beyond the question of “if” legalization will happen, and held a forum this week to discuss the careful measures that must be taken as laws change.

Rhode Island AG’s forum considers issues of legalizing marijuana by WPRI.com

April 6, 2016 – CT Lawmakers Fear Economic Losses if Marijuana Remains Illegal

Recognizing the positive financial implications that the legalization of adult-use marijuana would have on the state’s serious deficit, a group of Connecticut lawmakers made a financial argument for legalization in a special public hearing.

Marijuana Advocates Make Fiscal Argument For Connecticut Legalization: Colorado Earns $135M In 2015 by the Hartford Courant

April 3, 2016 – Voters Can Make Marijuana Legal in These 15 States in 2016

By the end of 2016, 15 states will have voted to legalize either medical or adult-use marijuana. This article explains the details of the various initiatives in states where recreational legalization is on the ballot and states where medical legalization is on the ballot.

A Closer Look at States Trying to Legalize Marijuana in 2016 by The Marijuana Times

March 21, 2016 – MA Sen. Jason Lewis Uses Antiquated Scare Tactics and Inaccuracies to Fight Legalization

Sen. Jason Lewis, chair of the Commonwealth’s Special Senate Committee on Marijuana, declared his opposition to the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts, citing fears about the effect on kids, lack of testing for suspected impaired drivers, among his reasons.

State Sen. Jason Lewis Decides It’s The ‘Wrong Time’ For Mass. To Legalize Pot by WBUR

March 21, 2016 – Connecticut Legislators OK Medical Marijuana for Kids

The Connecticut Public Health Committee approved a bill that would allow children access to the state’s medical marijuana program. The legislation would also foster research on the effects of marijuana, and expands the list of approved ailments that can be treated by medical marijuana.

Legislative committee approves medical marijuana for kids by the Connecticut Post

March 18, 2016 – RI Governor Says She Will Support Voters Choice on Marijuana

After conversations with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper about lessons learned since marijuana was legalized in his state in 2014, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo declared her support for the voters’ decision regarding the legalization of cannabis in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island governor open to letting voters decide on legalizing weed by the Cannabist

March 10, 2016 – Maine’s campaign to regulate marijuana like alcohol not dead yet

Supporters of the marijuana legalization ballot initiative that was recently disqualified due to a “handwriting technicality” filed a lawsuit to challenge the disqualification and get the initiative on Maine’s November ballots

Maine Marijuana Initiative Lawsuit Filed, Available Online by TheWeedBlog.com

March 8, 2016 – Hemp the new frontier with marijuana legalization

While much focus is on legal marijuana, investors, farmers and other entrepreneurs are getting ready to bring hemp into the spotlight. It is believed that profits from the hemp industry would quickly surpass profits generated by the legal cannabis industry.

Move over, marijuana: Hemp industry could explode in Massachusetts if ballot measure passes in November by MassLive.com

March 8, 2016 – MA Senate Committee recommends high taxes and strict limits on legal marijuana

The Massachusetts Senate committee that recently traveled to Colorado to explore the effects of marijuana legalization released their findings in a 180-page report this week.

7 takeaways from the special report on marijuana legalization in Massachusetts by MassLive.com


March 3, 2016 – Bill would double the number of MMJ dispensaries in R.I.

The filing of a bill to double the number of “compassion centers” in Rhode Island sparked activity by legislators, lobbyists and business owners this week.

R.I. bill would double medical marijuana ‘compassion centers’ by Providence Journal

 March 3, 2016 – Connecticut parents push for access to medical marijuana for kids

Parents of children with seizure disorders testified Wednesday to encourage state lawmakers to allow access to medical marijuana for pediatric use.

Mothers advocate for access to Medical Marijuana by Connecticut News Junkie

March 3, 2016 – Maine pot legalization further delayed thanks to one notary’s bad handwriting

Opponents to legal marijuana in Maine got a victory handed to them thanks to a notary’s handwriting problem on a petition form. What the Maine Secretary of State office called a “handwriting technicality” made void more than 17,000 signatures which would have helped the campaign achieve the minimum required number of signatures to get it on the November ballot.

One Person’s Handwriting Derails Maine Pot Legalization Initiative  by U.S. News & World Report

February 22, 2016 – Vermont one step closer to having legal marijuana

In a 4-3 vote, the Vermont Senate Committee on Appropriations approved a bill that would end marijuana prohibition in Vermont and create a state tax and regulation system for adult use. The bill has the governor’s full support and is expected to next be passed by the state senate.

Vermont marijuana legalization bill passes committee by Freedom Leaf

 

February 22, 2016 – Legalization is looking good to and for Massachusetts

Colorado has provided the Commonwealth with a roadmap to legalization. With its billion-dollar legal marijuana industry old enough to produce data, Colorado’s highs and lows of legalization prove that Massachusetts has plenty to look forward to.

Here’s what life might be like if weed is legalized in Mass. by Boston.com

 

February 22, 2016 – Rhode Island legislators urged to tax and regulate marijuana

As legalization becomes a reality, some Rhode Islanders are eager to see the jobs, tax revenue social justice and personal liberty that will rise from the ashes of prohibition.

Moore: Time to legalize marijuana by GoLocalProv.com Politics

 

February 22, 2016 – Grafton and Shrewsbury residents holding up access to medical marijuana

As medical marijuana dispensaries pop up in various corners of the state, patients in Central Massachusetts are still without close access to a dispensary.

What’s the status of medical marijuana in Central MA by GoLocalWorcester.com

 

February 19, 2016 – Massachusetts’s 6th medical marijuana dispensary now open

Patriot Care in Lowell opened its door to patients last week as a group of protesters stood outside calling for the dispensary owners to cut ties with a medical marijuana lobbyist who opposes legalization.

6th medical marijuana dispensary opens in Mass. by the Boston Globe

February 15, 2016 – PTSD may join RI’s list of conditions approved to be treated by medical marijuana

The Rhode Island Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee is reviewing a bill that would allow patients to use medical marijuana to treat PTSD with a doctor’s recommendation. The bill would also decrease the amount of time it takes for patients to obtain approval for their applications for medical marijuana to less than 72 hours.

RI could add PTSD to conditions treatable with medical marijuana by WPRI

 

February 14, 2016 – Facing a budget deficit, CT lawmakers push for marijuana legalization

Ten democratic lawmakers in Connecticut are pushing the state’s General Assembly to be open to conversation about the legalization of recreational marijuana use by adults 21 and older as a way to bring in revenue to help the state’s $500 million budget deficit.

Connecticut pushes marijuana legalization to prop up disastrous finances by The Daily Caller

February 13, 2016 – MA Senator Elizabeth Warren asks CDC to study legal marijuana to fight opiate crisis

In a letter to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Elizabeth Warren asks the agency to research marijuana as a potential alternative to prescription opiates, and to study the potential impacts the legalization of adult use of marijuana would have on the growing number of opioid-related deaths.

Why Elizabeth Warren thinks legalizing marijuana could help end America’s opioid addiction crisis by The Washington Post

February 13, 2016 – All eyes are on New England’s marijuana legalization efforts

New England is leading the way for marijuana legalization in the US. Massachusetts and Maine are expected to see their bills to regulate marijuana like alcohol on the ballots in November, and Vermont’s governor has already declared his support of his state’s legalization legislation once it hits his desk this later this year.

America’s Marijuana Legalization Hotbed Ain’t on the West Coast, It’s in … New England? by Alternet

February 12, 2016 – NH House kills marijuana legalization and hemp cultivation bill

New Hampshire’s House of Representatives shot down bipartisan House Bill 1694, which would have legalized possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and home cultivation of up to six plants by adults age 21 and older. It would have also permitted industrial hemp cultivation and a retail marijuana sales and taxation system.

New Hampshire House refuses to legalize recreational marijuana by MMJ Observer

February 12, 2016 – Legal pot getting closer for Vermonters as Senate Finance Committee OKs legalization bill

In a 6-1 vote, the Vermont Senate Finance Committee approved legislation that would legalize adult use of marijuana in Vermont. The bill was also approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and now sits with the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Vermont marijuana legalization bill clears Second committee by The Daily Chronic

February 10, 2016 – Medical marijuana coming to Lowell next week

Patriot Care Corp. announced it will open the doors to its Lowell, Massachusetts dispensary on Tuesday next week. The facility will be open seven days per week and will offer four-to-six different strains of medical marijuana.

Marijuana dispensary to open in Lowell by The Boston Globe

February 10, 2016 –Augusta school board unanimously passes medical marijuana policy

The Augusta School district announced it adopted a Maine School Management Association policy that allows supervised use of medical marijuana by students who are certified to do so by a medical professional. The policy, which limits use to nonsmokable marijuana, was unanimously passed by the board.

Augusta school board OKs medical marijuana policy by CentralMaine.com

 February 10, 2016 – Bill allowing patient access to lab-tested marijuana in Maine hospitals approved

A Maine legislative committee unanimously approved a bill that allows hospitals to administer medical marijuana in non-smokable form. The bill also gives much-needed clarity regarding quantities and inspections to dispensaries and to patients and caregivers who grow their own medicine.

Bill allowing patient access to lab-tested marijuana in Maine hospitals approved by Sun Journal

 February 8 –Marijuana legalization bills headed to Rhode Island House and Senate next week

In an effort to ease the tax burden on registered medical marijuana patients, Rhode Island senator Joshua Miller and state representative Scott Slater plan to file marijuana legalization bills next week. The bills mirror the tax-and-regulate legislation they filed last year, and allow cultivation and production of industrial hemp.

Rhode Island Marijuana Legalization Bill Expected This Week by the Daily Chronic

 February 2, 2016 – Governor’s proposal to ‘tag’ marijuana plants would raise $8.4 million in revenue

Rhode Island Governor Raimondo has proposed issuing $150 patient and $350 caregiver state tags for each plant of medical marijuana grown outside a commercial compassion center. The governor expects an additional $8.4 million in state tax revenue from the proposal.

R.I. would raise revenue by ‘tagging’ medical marijuana plants by the Providence Journal

 February 2, 2016 – New Hampshire’s first medical marijuana patient passes away
A New Hampshire woman who was suffering from advanced lung cancer and sued the state for access to medical marijuana has died. After a long legal battle, Linda Horan, 64, finally obtained medical marijuana from Maine in December, just two months before her death.

Read more: Ailing N.H. woman who sued to get out-of-state marijuana dies by The Boston Globe


February 2, 2016 – Growing list of states ready to legalize marijuana includes Maine

Voters in Maine will have their chance to bring legal adult use of marijuana to the state when they cast their ballots in November. On Monday, representatives from the state’s Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in over double the required number of signatures for the petition. Nearly two-thirds of Mainers support legalization.

Maine Now Poised to Vote for Marijuana Legalization This November by The Daily Chronic

 February 2, 2016 – Vermont Senate Committee Pushes Through Marijuana Legalization Bill

The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee approved Governor Peter Shumlin’s proposal to tax and regulate cannabis trade. If ultimately signed into law, Vermont would be the first state to have a bipartisan government come together to nullify federal cannabis prohibition in practice in Vermont.

Vermont Legislature Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Marijuana by High Times

 January 27, 2016    2nd New Hampshires 2nd cannabis cultivation center receives approval

Temescal Wellness of Manchester was granted a conditional registration certificate by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. It is the second of three cultivation centers that will be approved to operate under the state’s Therapeutic Cannibis Program.

Medical marijuana cultivation center moves forward in Manchester by WMUR9

 January 26, 2016 – Patients facing empty shelves at Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensaries

With only four dispensaries open to service the 18,476 active medical marijuana patients in Massachusetts, patients are driving long distances and experiencing product shortages. Will things get worse before they get better for the drastically growing number of registered patients?

Massachusetts struggles with surge in demand for medical marijuana by masslive

 January 26, 2016 – New Hampshire legislators consider marijuana decriminalization bill

Legislators in New Hampshire, the only New England state in which possession of any amount of marijuana is still a criminal offense, are considering a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. The bill proposes a civil violation with a fine up to $100 for a first offense of possession of up to a half ounce.

N.H. Bill Would Decriminalize Up to Half Ounce of Marijuana by New Hampshire PBN

 January 26, 2016Vermont’s Governor supports revised marijuana legalization bill

Governor Peter Shulmin announced his support for the legalization of marijuana and associated regulations proposed in a revised bill reviewed at the state house on Tuesday. The bill outlines a plan and resources that would bring legal pot to the Green Mountain State in January 2018.

New Vermont Marijuana bill emerges by WPTZ


 

January 20, 2016 – MA Senators divided over marijuana legalization after Colorado trip

A group of eight Massachusetts senators returned from a fact-finding trip in Colorado where they sought to understand the legal marijuana industry. After visiting a dispensary and production facility, the senators returned divided on legalization in Massachusetts.

Where the state senators stand on marijuana by the Boston Globe

 January 20, 2016 – As long as NFL bans marijuana use, more Chandler Jones stories will emerge

The NFL needs to join the National Hockey League in allowing medical marijuana as an alternative to the prescription drugs that players are forced to take, and as a natural alternative to the synthetic junk players — and the public — are taking instead.

Chandler Jones episode shows NFL policy on marijuana makes no sense by The Guardian

 January 19, 2016 – Police raid MassCann/NORML president’s home, seize hemp products
The Boston Globe says…….”Bill Downing, treasurer of Bay State Repeal, is under investigation by Boston police after they received a complaint seeking multiple charges of distribution of a Class-C substance. ” Another way to say that is: Boston PD send SWAT team with semi-automatics to terrorize and intimidate compassionate man who has been providing 100% legal CBD products to patients in need.
Read more: Police seek charges against marijuana advocate  by Boston Globe

 January 19, 2016 – Massachusetts Senators to report their findings after Colorado trip
Senator Jason Lewis of the Commonwealth’s Special Committee on Marijuana reports that edibles and controlling home growing quantities are the main concerns after the Committee’s marijuana research trip to Colorado. The Committee plans to release its full recommendations for the regulation of the pot industry in Massachusetts in February.
Read more: Mass. senator’s research on legalized marijuana finds edibles a key concern by MassLive

What Really happened to Bay State Repeal?

Patrick Keaney (political consultant, activist) examines the reasons behind the failed “Bay State Repeal” ballot inititive

Read More: What happened to Bay State Repeal? by dig Boston

 THE SUN STRIKES AGAIN: LOOK WHO ISN’T HELPING PATIENTS IN MASS

Mike Crawford takes issue with continued one-sided coverage of Massachusetts MMJ patients by the Lowell Sun.

Read More: The SUN Strikes Again by dig Boston

 Education key for doctors and patients in New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program

In preparation for the medical marijuana dispensaries set to open early this year in New Hampshire, the state’s department of health and doctors are recognizing the importance of physician education on the topic.

Read more: As medical marijuana becomes a reality in New Hampshire, many doctors are trying to navigate by the Concord Monitor

 A look inside Rhode Island’s cannabis social clubs

Thanks to the state’s reciprocity policy, card-carrying medical marijuana patients have a couple options for enjoying their cannabis in a social club setting in Rhode Island.

Read more: Exploring the Social Smoke Scene in RI by CannabisNow

 Increased access to medical cannabis coming to Connecticut

Last week Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection approved three of 19 applications to operate a medical marijuana dispensary. Connecticut currently has six dispensaries serving the state’s 4,097 registered patients.

Read more: 3 additional medical marijuana dispensaries approved in Connecticut by Fox61

Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol  appears before the Judiciary Committee

Backers of an effort legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts made their pitch to State House lawmakers on Wednesday, offering them a chance to avoid the question appearing on the 2016 statewide ballot.

Read More: Campaign to legalize marijuana like alcohol comes to the Massachusetts State House by Masslive

Vermont Governor calls for marijuana legalization

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin dedicated a significant portion of his January 7, 2016 State of the State address to marijuana legislation. The governor supports legalization and proposed five key requirements of any legalization regime.

Read more: Vermont’s governor wants to legalize marijuana. Here’s how he would do it by Washington Post

 Three significant events in 2016 could shape the future of the marijuana industry

The presidential election, Oregon and GW Pharmaceuticals are leading the marijuana conversation and driving marijuana legislation and business in 2016.

Read more: Here’s Why 2016 Could Be Marijuana’s Most Important Year Yet by The Motley Fool

 Kosher cannabis coming to New York

Capsules and other manufactured forms of the cannabis plant developed and sold by Vireo Health of

New York have been certified as Kosher by the Orthodox Union.

Read more: New York State will soon have medical marijuana that’s certified Kosher by Newsweek

 Massachusetts could be a catalyst for marijuana legalization in New England

Massachusetts is New England’s most populated state and has a history of being a bellwether for change in the region. As voters prepare to cast their votes in November, a group of ten state senators are traveling to Colorado this month to research the impact legalization could have in Massachusetts.

Read more: Could marijuana legalization in Mass. create a ripple effect? by WWLP-22News

 30 breakthroughs for cannabis in 2015

This month-by-month snapshot of 2015’s most important marijuana industry breakthroughs from around the world is inspiring and motivating as we enter 2016.

Read more:

http://greenflowermedia.com/article/cannabis-breakthroughs-in-2015/


 

The new Wild West: A scramble to brand and trademark pot products

Producers of pot products are recognizing the importance of brand identity and intellectual property protection. While past efforts to obtain federal intellectual property protection have been unsuccessful, many entrepreneurs are betting on legalization.

Read more: From Snoop Dogg to Willie Nelson, Pot Industry Tries to Build Brands by Billboard

Nov 15th, 2015 –  The Porthole in Portland has never flown higher

One of the highlights of our November Portland Cannabis Convention was the Saturday night after-party hosted by our good friends at CannaCare Docs.   They also write a great event summary, so….

READ MORE: New England Cannabis Convention in Portland 

Nov 11th, 2015 – Will Washington turn a deaf ear to veterans on MMJ?

As the nation honored those who have served on Veterans Day, a group of veterans marched to the White House Wednesday to lobby for medical marijuana as a treatment for war trauma, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

READ MORE: Veterans march to White House, lobby for medical marijuana as treatment for war trauma   by   Fox 5 Washington DC

Blunt Truth, Oct. 23rd, 2015 – Gov. Baker proves better late than never (or the Mass Dems.) on MMJ

Who says that people don’t change? Gov. baker’s recent statements about medical marijuana and the current opiate crisis show him to be someone at least willing to learn!

READ MORE:  YES, WE CANN: HOW BAKER CAN REDUCE OPIATE ABUSE IN THREE EASY STEPS  by  dig boston

Blunt Truth, Oct. 16th, 2015 – Mass Medical Society still convinced opiate addition is better than relief from MMJ

Mike Crawford shows impressive self-control while responding to recent (ridiculous) claims made by the MMS that went unchallenged by the mainstream press.

READ MORE: QUACKS AGAINST MARIJUANA: THE MASS MEDICAL SOCIETY STRIKES AGAIN   by  dig boston

Oct. 7th – In face of mounting legalization, time to retire 60’s era (U.S. driven) UN drug treaty?

The US is permitting the sale of retail cannabis in three states. The shift toward legalization has called the federal government’s drug policy – and its commitment to a UN treaty it helped create (and has actively help to enforce)  – in question.

SEE MORE:  Oregon marijuana legalization challenges US drug policy     via dw.com

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October 1st – Medical Marijuana in New England goes mainstream with Bob Lobel

Our co-founder Marc Shepard joins NECN’s Broadside to discuss the state of medical marijuana in New England, and the remarkable Dig Boston interview with Boston sports legend Bob Lobel from April 2015 when he first discusses his journey to become a MMJ patient in Massachusetts.

SEE MORE:  NECN’s Broadband: Sept. 15th, 2015. GUEST: Marc Shepard, Co-Founder, New England Cannabis Network.
Bob Lobel discusses medical marijuana for the first time:


 

Sept. 29th – More slowly than surely, but surely nonetheless

While potential dispensaries on the Massachusetts’ South Shore have been progressing as slowly as everywhere else in the state, it looks like things are going to change…..and fast.

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Read more: Pot shops slow in opening on South Shore    by the Patriot Ledger

Blunt Truth, Sept. 29th, 2015 – Boston Freedom Rally – change is GREAT

The Dig’s Chris Faraone reflects on just how amazing an impact this event has had, and gives credit where credit is due….

READ MORE: PICS & SPLIFFS: FREEDOM RALLY FREER   by  dig boston

Blunt Truth, Sept. 25th, 2015 – GOB & Beacon Hill….the Beat Goes On.

It’s the Boston Freedom Rally this weekend, and you really should go. It’s an amazing gathering of information, education, networking, and advocacy.  Most importantly, you’ll be able to add your signature to the petition for Bay State Repeal Initiative No. 15-23.   Read this week’s Blunt Truth for a reminder of what you are up against:

READ MORE: MARIJUANA IGNORANCE, FROM THE GOP DEBATE STAGE TO BEACON HILL     by  dig boston

Sept 20th, 2015 –  Cannabis All-Stars

If you are a fan of secret cups, theFarmacist Presents: The 3rd Annual Cannabis Allstars with B-Real
Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM – Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 10:00 PM (EDT).

Buy your ticket here, and they’ll let you know where it is!

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 September 18th, 2015 – Dangerous business

The recent crop theft in Maine is an unpleasant reminder that cash isn’t the only asset that people in the MMJ business have to worry about.  Security is simply NOT an optional expense.  Sapphire Protection has done a decent job of educating the Cannabis industry on security techniques.  Their spokesman, Tony Gallo has given seminars at most of the major mmj & cannabis conventions around the country.

READ MORE:  $10k of MMJ stolen from Fryeburg    by  NECN 

Sept. 18th, 2015 – GOP going Back to the Future?

After watching the current crop of GOP presidential candidates blather incoherently about mmj, is it possible that Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” routine in the 1980’s will run opposed as the most educated & forward-thinking MMJ view that will come from the Republican Platform in 2016?

READ MORE: GOP Candidates engage in serious discussion about marijuana policy    by  The Weed Blog

Sept. 17th, 2015- Sanders on Point

There has been precious little intelligent national political discourse on mmj & the cannabis industry.  Whether you agree or disagree with him, at least Bernie Sanders seems to be making an effort.

READ MORE: Bernie Sanders Talks About Medical Marijuana, Decriminalization, Banking, And Legalization    by  The Weed Blog

Blunt Truth, Sep 15, 2015- Why is Mass. late for this tea party? 

Massachusetts prides itself as being an educated and progressive state.  It has a long history of being a leader in advocating for social services for its citizens.  Except when comes to medical marijuana.  Mass continues to lag behind the rest of the region, and much of the country, even as opiate addiction continues to hit closer to home.   Where are the media, and our leaders?

READ MORE: REEFER MAD, BRO? PURITANICAL PROHIBITIONIST PINHEADS STILL PUT MASS PATIENTS IN PERIL    by  dig boston

September 11, 2015 – Like a Good Neighbor…

Is it a sign that the Massachusetts MMJ program has been delayed beyond reason that the first dispensary to open (ATG in Salem) reached its first-year patient goal less than a month after opening? While all accounts are that ATG did a great job establishing themselves as a positive member of the community & did a ton of grassroots patient outreach, the fact that Mass mmj card holders have been waiting three years for a dispensary to open is probably a factor!

READ MORE:  Stellar Start for MMJ in Massachusetts     by  MJ Business Daily

 September 9th, 2015- Who’s on first?

There’s been a lot of speculation that Maine, Rhode Island, or even Massachusetts will be the first state in New England to legalize recreational marijuana use.  Will Vermont trump them all?

READ MORE:  Improving Odds: Momentum Building in Vermont to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Via the Legislature     by  MJ Business Daily

Blunt Truth, Sept 8th, 2105-  Yes, we’re talking about ourselves again

The Boston Cannabis Convention is the state’s largest gathering of the local MMJ community.  We hope to see you there!

READ MORE:  WHY NECC: THERE’S NOTHING WE LOVE SHAMELESSLY PROMOTING MORE THAN OUR CANNABIS CONVENTION      by  dig boston

Blunt Truth, Aug 31st, 2105- BEAST COAST RULES!

The secret location relocated, rain, and a scramble for generators would be more than enough to sink most outdoor festivals.  The Beast Coast Cup just said, “Is that all you got?”.

READ MORE:  SPECIAL GUEST DISPATCH FROM THE BEAST COAST SECRET CUP IN MAINE

Blunt Truth, Aug 17th, 2115- HEADS I WIN, TAILS YOU LOSE

At a recent meeting, MASSCANN/NORML listened to pitches from the leaders of both pending marijuana legalization ballot initiatives in Massachusetts.

READ MORE:  MARIJUNDERDOGS: MASSCANN/NORML ENDORSES BAY STATE REPEAL LEGALIZATION INITIATIVE    by  dig boston

August 12, 2015-  If Only 38 Studios had worked out like this…..

Monthly MMJ sales in Rhode Island nearly the $10 million mark with a third dispensary opening to handle a patient base that has doubled since 2013.

READ MORE:  Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Sales Rocket 43%  by  MJ Business Daily