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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
EXPERTS RUMINATE ON SUPPLY, DEMAND, AND COST
THERE’S THE CRUSADE AGAINST STONED DRIVING…
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…
AS FOR PUBLIC SMOKING…
Public pot puffing, no cop crackdown (Boston Herald)
ARE COLLEGE KIDS SCREWED?
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)
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 selectmen add possible marijuana shop moratorium to December Town Meeting (Wicked Local Boxborough)
Amesbury OKs pot question for ballot (Newburyportnews.com)
Question on banning retail pot sales moves forward to Town Meeting (Wicked Local Danvers)
Fear of cannabis stems from myth, stigma (Wicked Local Danvers)
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)
Editorial: Milford gets cold feet (Boston Herald)
Should Wayland impose a temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana shops?(The Boston Globe)
PLUS ALL OTHER KINDS OF SEXY MUNICIPAL NEWS
UMass Amherst Health Researchers Launch Baseline Survey of Marijuana Use in Massachusetts (UMass News and Media Relations)
Berkshire delegation hopes retail marijuana can grow jobs (Berkshire Eagle)
Medical marijuana dispensary seeks location on Clapp Street (Dorchester Reporter)
Chalifoux Zephir announces run for state Senate seat (Leominster Champion)
Medical marijuana dispensary approved in Rowley (The Boston Globe)
Williamstown Selectmen Seeks ‘Data’ on Legalized Pot Impact (iBerkshires.com)
BIG MASS NEWS OF THE MONTH: OUR NEW CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION
(The Daily Chronic)
Pot decriminalization law goes into effect in New Hampshire (My Fox Boston)
Scott Considers Marijuana Legalization(Middlebury Campus)
The Great California Pot T-Shirt Ban is Dead(Cannabis Now)
Olivia Newton-John Leads Fight For Medical Cannabis in Australia (IReadCulture.com)
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)
September 12th, 2017 – TALKING JOINTS MEMO
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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)
State announces final appointments to marijuana oversight committee (Boston Business Journal)
Battenfeld: Early buzzkill for state’s legal weed (Boston Herald)
Pot panel packed with potent opponents (Boston Herald)
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)
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)
Proposed Newbury Street dispensaries promise: No recreational sales (The Boston Globe)
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)
Senator Named to Marijuana Regulatory Post Opposed Legal Pot (U.S. News & World Report)
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)
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)
Temporary Ban On Recreational Pot Shops in Bridgewater Proposed (EnterpriseNews.com)
Cape Cod business highlights open questions about legal marijuana (Cape Cod Times)
Former Boston man indicted in Concord stabbing death (The Union Leader)
Franklin Police receive state grant to combat impaired driving (The Boston Globe)
Should Lawrence ban the sale of recreational marijuana? (The Boston Globe)
Governor appoints Flanagan to Cannabis Control Commission (Leominster Champion)
Milford CARES to Host Forum on Recreational Pot Before Vote (MilfordDailyNews.com)
Pelham man sent to prison for conspiracy(Lowell Sun)
Crackdown on impaired driving underway in Quincy (Wicked Local)
Medical Marijuana Users Can Sue Their Employers (JD Supra (press release))
NEW YORK/THE REST OF NEW ENGLAND
August 17th, 2017 – TALKING JOINTS MEMO: digboston presents:
August 28th, 2017 – TALKING JOINTS MEMO: digboston presents:
COMMONWEALTH CROP REPORT
What’s in the Mass. marijuana law signed by Gov. Baker? (My Fox Boston)
Watch state Ganja Gang as it grows like a weed (Boston Herald)
Pot overhaul could face legal challenges (Salem News)
Smokescreen over pot panel worries backers (Boston Herald)
Mass. doctors group hashes out cannabis curriculum (Boston Business Journal)
Pitfalls abound as state readies pot oversight agency (Boston Globe)
Marijuana decision opens door to troubling implications (Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly)
Boston doctor researching unusual marijuana-related illness (My Fox Boston)
MORE BIG NEWS
Massachusetts Medical Society launches Comprehensive Cannabis Curriculum series for doctors(Massachusetts Medical Society)
- Eldridge votes to pass comprehensive marijuana legislation (Wicked Local)
- Boston cops make drug bust in Dorchester; seize loaded .45 handgun, pot, and more than $7K(Boston Globe)
- Bridgewater’s medical pot facility clean, and green (Wicked Local)
- Dangers are greater in banning pot shops (Cape Cod Times)
- Locals express growing concern over ‘Walmarts of weed’ (Boston Herald)
- Medical pot access on Cape remains limited (Cape Cod Times)
- Framingham voters could see pot ballot question in November (MetroWest Daily News)
- Melrose opens door to medical marijuana dispensaries (Wicked Local Melrose)
- Marijuana business ban on Milton meeting warrant (Patriot Ledger)
- Cooking With Cannabis (New Haven Independent)
- Maine legislative panel mulls raising 10 percent tax on marijuana (Fox News)
- Marijuana Shop Promises Free Weed to Clean Up Maine City (Cannabis Now)
- What Maine’s Recreational Marijuana Market Will Look Like (Bangor Daily News)
- Maine mulls raising its 10 percent tax on marijuana (Boston.com)
- Tuftonboro police chief fires back at pot lobby (Union Leader)
- Sununu Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
- Manchester Police Seeing Rise in Synthetic Marijuana Overdoses
Ex-Jets Player Sues Jeff Sessions to Legalize Marijuana (New York Post)
Drone carrying cellphone, marijuana crashes in prison yard (My Fox Boston)
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)
What Does Net Neutrality Mean for Legal Cannabis? (Cannabis Now)
Colorado’s Legal Cannabis Revenue Hits the $500 Million Mark (Cannabis Now)
Ohio employers confront marijuana use (Crain’s Cleveland Business)
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.
July 28th, 2017:
Big news here folks … Massachusetts Medical Society Embracing Medical Cannabis Education
July 25th, 2017: From this week’s Dig Boston…. the New England Cannabis Tourist Industry is here!
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.
Chris Faraone, Editor-in-Chief
July 18th, 2017: HELPFUL HEADY LINES
Mass. lawmakers unveil proposed overhaul of marijuana law (Boston Globe)
The Compromise Marijuana Bill Is Finally Done (Boston Magazine)
Lawmakers Find Common Ground On Marijuana Tax (CBS Boston / WBZ)
July 18th, 2017:MASS HEADLINE DUMPSTER
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)
Uncertainty, Debate Continue as Marijuana Law Talks Drag On (BizJournal.com)
Lawmakers Resume Talks on Compromise Marijuana Bill (NBC Boston)
Editorial: Pot Parlor Games (Boston Herald)
Advocates see a chance to raise Mass. alcohol tax (The Boston Globe)
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)
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)
Long weekend failed to produce budget, marijuana deals (Gloucester Daily Times)
Lawmakers Approve Compromise $40.2 Billion State Budget (U.S. News & World Report)
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)
July 18th, 2017: ROAD RUNNER (MASS HYPER-LOCAL)
- Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Opens Up on Violence, Marijuana and Elections (NECN)
- JPNC Delays Vote On Medical Marijuana Dispensary (Jamaica Plain Gazette)
- Attorney General Approves Marijuana Moratorium Bylaw (CapeNews.com)
- Medical marijuana dispensary opens its doors (Wicked Local Bridgewater)
- Another Medical Marijuana Company Wants to Open (Wicked Local)
- Shrugs, Uncertainty as Marijuana Law Talks Drag On (Recorder.com)
- Police Use Restraint in High-Speed Chase (Wicked Local)
- Methuen Eyes Recreational Marijuana Moratorium (Eagle Tribune)
- 4 Months After a Devastating Fire, Wicked Chronic Finds New Homan in Natick (Framinghamsource.com)
- Northeastern Institute of Cannabis to Move (Metrowestdaily.com)
July 18th, 2017: NEIGHBORLY NUGGETS (NEW ENGLAND)
- Unlike Mass., Maine Lawmakers Debate Their New Pot Law in Public (Boston Globe)
- Pot Tax Debated in Maine (Union Leader)
- Cannabis Expo Comes to New England With Plans to Link Investors, Entrepreneurs, Job Seeker (www.NH1.com)
- Medical Marijuana Patient Contests Driving Ban (Burlington Free Press)
- Dollars tell only part of story of pot legalization advocacy (Vtdigger.org)
July 18th, 2017:THE LAB (NEW SECTION WITH MEDICAL LINKS)
Alcohol, Not Weed, Manipulates Brain Structure (High Times)
Lawsuit Filed Over Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban (www.sun-sentinel.com)
Will You Still Need a Medical Card When Recreational Cannabis is Legal? (Green Rush Daily)
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Can Reduce Property Crime, Study Finds (Bizjournals.com)
Man Wins Historic Medical Marijuana Trial (NBC Miami)
Cannabis Can Relieve Symptoms of Lyme Disease (TheFreshToast.com)
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)
MassRoots to Acquire Cannabis Compliance Firm Odava (Ganjapreneur.com)
Davis Malm Launches Cannabis Law Practice (ITbusiness.com)
July 18th, 2017: NEVADA GOLD RUSH
- Nevada Starts Selling Recreational Marijuana (Newswire)
- People Line Up to Buy Recreational Marijuana in Nevada (Slate Magazine (blog))
- United states : Nevada opens in cannabis-recreational (The Siver Times)
- Marijuana sales in Nevada exceed stores’ expectations (Boston Globe)
- Nevada Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin (Marijuana Resources)
- Cannabis in America July 2017: Sin City Welcomes Legal Weed (Law Street Media)
- Nevada Rec. Sales Reach $3 Million in Four Days (Ganjapreneur.com)
- Nevada Rec Sales Launch Makes a Big Splash (Cannabisindustryjournal.com)
- Nevada Issues First Marijuana Delivery Licenses (DothanFirst.com)
- Nevada Has a Weed State of Emergency (VICE)
- Nevada Weighs Emergency Regulations to Reverse Imminent Marijuana Shortage (Washington Times)
- Nevada’s Half-Hearted Marijuana Legalization Guarantees a Healthy Black Market (Reason.com)
- Attorney General Sessions’ Las Vegas Speech Ignores Nevada Pot-Sales ‘Emergency’ (Phoenix New Times)
- Nevada Adopts Emergency Rules to Combat Pot Bottleneck (Boston Herald)
- Nevada Rushes to Address Shortage of Newly Legalized Marijuana (NYtimes.com)
- Nevada Issues First Marijuana Delivery License (Gant News)
- Nevada’s First Recreational Marijuana Sales Generate $500000 In Tax Revenue (CBS Miami)
July 18th, 2017: NATIONAL NUGGETS
Dispatch #1: The Colorado Marijuana Connection (Berkshire Eagle)
Dispatch #2: A Blindingly Bright Room of Denver Green (Berkshire Eagle)
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)
Some Urgency, Please, on Beacon Hill (Boston Globe)
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)
Informal Talks on Revamped Marijuana Bill Stall (NBC Boston)
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)
July 7th, 2017: ROADRUNNER REPORTS
- Medical Marijuana Dispensary Proposed For Hyde Park Ave; Reps Appearing Tuesday at JPNC Meeting (Jamaicaplainnews.com)
- Prospective Fall River Marijuana Dispensary Owner Wants to Solve Problems of Pain, Addiction (Herald News)
- Kessel Arrest in Florida on Marijuana Charges (Eagle Tribune)
- Lenox Marijuana Project on Hold (Berkshire Eagle)
- Day On Board with Marijuana Bill (Stoneham Patch)
- Smell of Smoke Leads Authorities to Large-Scale Marijuana Growing Operation (MassLive)
- Fire Alarm Reveals Illegal Marijuana Growing Operation (NECN)
- Weymouth Council Awaits Lawmakers Vote on Recreational Marijuana (Weymouth Wicked Local)
- West Springfield Residents Opposed to Recreational Marijuana Criticizes Mayor Will Reichelt’s Handling of Industry (MassLive.com)
July 7th, 2017: NEIGHBORLY NUGGETS
Moratorium on Growing Pot for Six Months (Jamestownpress.com)
Proposal for ‘Incremental Legalization’ of Marijuana (NewPortThisWeek.com)
Boaters Advised: Marijuana Still Illegal on the High Seas (Press Herald)
Click to see: HOW DID YOUR REPRESENTATIVE VOTE ON THE HOUSE BILL?
July 7th, 2017: NATIONAL NUGGETS
IIHS: State With Legal Marijuana Have More Auto Crashes (Appsforpcdaily.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)
Company Seeking to Dispense Medical Marijuana Eyes Site on McKnight Road(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
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)
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)
July 7th, 2017: CANNABIS, COPS & CARNAGE
Stop Justifying Based on Marijuana Use (Huffington Post)
Archand: Before Fatal Shooting, Minn. Officer Smelled Trouble (Boston Herald)
June 27th, 2017: FEATURE
COMMONWEALTH CROP REPORT
Dueling Plans Split on Pot Taxes, Sales Ban (Eagle Tribune)
House Approves Revamp of Recreational Pot Law(CBS Boston)
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)
Medical Marijuana Advocates Fear Change to Pot Law (Salem News)
June 27th, 2017: ROAD RUNNER REPORTS
- Cannabis-Infused Toga Heads to Cambridge This Summer (Boston Magazine)
- Three Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Try Again in Methuen (BostonGlobe.com)
- Walpole Voters Ban Recreational Marijuana Shops (BostonGlobe.com)
Central Mass Has Mixed Views on Marijuana Law Changes (Worcester Telegram)
June 27th, 2017: FEATURES
June 20th, 2017: COMMONWEALTH CROP REPORT
MA Guts Pot INdustry Protections For People of Color (Cannabisnow.com)
Mass Senate Passes Marijuana Bill (Boston Globe)
Mass Senate Passes Opposing Legalization Bill to House Version (Marijuana.com)
Mass Senate Proposal Holds Line on Marijuana Taxes (Boston.com)
In Rewrite of Pot Ballot Questions, Senate Has Lighter Touch (Boston Globe)
Lawmakers Scramble to Finish Pot Legislation (Boston Herald)
Mass Senate Passes Pot Bill (Metro Boston)
Mass Marijuana Tax More Than Doubles in House-Approved Bill (MassLive.com)
Mass House Delays Vote on Rewrite of Recreational Marijuana Bill (Cannabisbusinesstimes.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)
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)
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)
June 20th, 2017: NEIGHBORLY NUGGETS
- Detective: 23-year-old Concord woman stabbed to death over $90 bag of pot (Concordmonitor.com)
- Police: Man Fatally Stabbed Woman Over Half-Ounce of Marijuana (NBC Boston)
Vermont Legalization Deal Likely This Week (Cannabis Now)
June 20th, 2017: NATIONAL NUGGETS
High Times: A Look At Weed Tax Laws Across The Country (Boston Globe)
These 12 States Consume the Most Marijuana (Weedreader.com)
Boxing champion Wilder charged with marijuana possession (Bostonherald.com)
As Pot Comes Out of Black Market, Regulators Face Scrutiny (Boston Herald)
AP Explains: Sorting Out the Cannabis Conundrum (USNEWS.com)
June 20th, 2017: CANNABIZ CORNER / PRESS RELEASES
Property Values Surge in Boston Thanks to Cannabis Startups (Ireadculture.com)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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, 2016 – Vermont’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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?”.
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