TJM: Your Mega Mass Grass Month in Review


THE CORRECTION

Decriminalizing marijuana aimed at reducing black incarceration rate (USA Today)

THE ELECTION

Where the 2020 presidential candidates stand on marijuana legalization (Mashable)

THE REJECTION

Boston issues permit cutting back on 3-day ‘Hempfest’ (Boston.com)

Commission explores interest-free loans to bolster diversity
Boston Business Journal

Regulators consider limiting home delivery licenses
MassLive

State could offer ‘social-justice loans’ for pot startups
Boston Globe

Family Pets in Massachusetts are Getting High on Marijuana
Wokq.com

What to know about the first recreational shop in MetroWest
Boston.com

Mass businesses still struggle with town rules
MassLive

Lawmakers Want More Changes to Mass Cannabis Law
Cannabis Business Times

Legal pot purveyors: Keep off our grass!
Boston Herald

South Boston smoke shop owner illegally sold marijuana
Boston.com

State is ‘blazing new trails’ in marijuana equity
Boston Globe

Hub councilor pushes for local preference, equity
Boston Herald

CCC chair “comfortable” with banking, retail progress
MetroWest Daily News

Man walks through Logan with $50K in a backpack; government wants to keep it
MassLive


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Recreational Marijuana Company Signs City Host Agreement to Open in JP – JP News


BOSTON GOES GREEN

Two East Boston Adult Use Marijuana Proposals Sign Host Agreements with City
East Boston Times-Free Press

Cannabis Advisory Board votes on marijuana home delivery recommendations
BU News Service

CEO of marijuana conglomerate, set to open Fenway shop, is defiant amid allegations
Boston Globe

Boston marijuana stores advance in East Boston, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Fenway
Curbed Boston

Councilor’s Bill Would Mandate Minority Inclusion Among Marijuana Licensees
WGBH


FEATURED

Boston politicians may love sports parades even more than they hate weed



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Acton
Mass Wellspring medical marijuana dispensary in Acton temporarily shut down

Andover
Lawmakers want more changes to pot law

Attleboro
A third recreational pot shop applies for Attleboro permit

Auburn
Auburn, Solomon Pond malls to sell marijuana products

Brockton
Brockton mayor signed 10 host community agreements for pot shops

Cape Cod
Tribal Group Seeks Retail Marijuana Permit

Dispensaries grind through pipeline

Charlton
Mega marijuana in Charlton persevering despite long odds

Chelsea
Council Looking into Keeping Some Marijuana Licenses for Residents

Easthampton
Easthampton permits two more pot shops

Framingham
Temescal Wellness clears hurdle for Framingham dispensary

Framingham’s New Marijuana License Applicant Is City Resident


FEATURED
Massachusetts post offices confiscated record number of marijuana packages in 2018 (CBS National)



Hopedale
Cultivation facility proposed

Hudson
Temescal Wellness to open Hudson pot shop Wednesday

PHOTOS: Recreational marijuana shop opens in Hudson

Police ‘Closely Monitoring’ Traffic As Recreational Pot Shop Opens

Martha’s Vineyard
Edgartown and West Tisbury Warrants to Include Retail Cannabis

Newburyport
Officials want pot law changes

Northampton
Marijuana company with national ambitions buys site in Northampton

Salem
Salem marijuana store suspends sales to recreational customers

Sandwich
Big Marijuana Company Eyeing Dispensary In Sandwich

Somerville
Somerville High School PTSA hosts discussion on marijuana, vaping

Springfield
Proposed marijuana shop described as small, classy, secure

Boston businessman emerges as new owner of proposed shop

Mayor appoints committee to evaluate applications for marijuana shops

Swansea
Swansea to negotiate marijuana agreements

Taunton
TILT Holdings Announces Host Community Payment

Uxbridge
First ‘mom and pop’ marijuana store approved for license to open

Caroline’s Cannabis bucks the big marijuana industry trend

Waltham
Waltham residents, leaders consider zoning regulations for retail marijuana

Webster
Pot-maker Curaleaf purchases Webster building for $4.2M

Worcester
State gives Good Chemistry OK to be first adult-use cannabis retailer

Bloominus wants to be Worcester’s first Main Street cannabis store


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CONNECTICUT
Tests not reliable for marijuana intoxication
Connecticut Governor Expected to Call for Legalizing Marijuana
Billboard Advertising Legal Cannabis In Massachusetts Draws Protests
Connecticut lawmakers say they’re getting closer to legalizing recreational marijuana
Senate Democrats making push for legal pot in Connecticut
East Lyme to allow medical marijuana dispensaries
Activists have high hopes for marijuana legalization

MAINE
Maine just signed a deal for a ‘seed-to-sale’ marijuana tracking system
Medical Marijuana Sales Slump In Maine
Portland, Maine to consider letting marijuana stores sell regular food

NEW HAMPSHIRE
In Close Vote, House Committee Backs Marijuana Legalization in NH
Legalize Pot? Amid Opioid Crisis, Some New Hampshire Leaders Say …
New Hampshire marijuana bill gets public hearing
Is New Hampshire the Next State to Legalize Cannabis?

NEW JERSEY
New Jersey Unlikely To See Legal Marijuana Sales Until January 2020
Marijuana Tax in New Jersey? It Could be $42 an Ounce
Is marijuana legalization on the way?
N.J. close to legalizing weed as Murphy and top Democrats have a deal

NEW YORK
How New York Is Preparing for Legal Weed
New York prosecutor dismisses low-level marijuana cases
NY prosecutor dismisses low-level marijuana cases
What to know before legal marijuana comes to New York
Area Police Chiefs Announce Opposition To Marijuana Legalization
New York City Council Members File A Dozen Marijuana Proposals
Brooklyn Pot Salon Opens to New York Legalization Push
Dummies Voice Concerns About NYS Marijuana Proposal
Law enforcement leaders in WNY warn of dangers of legalization
Prohibitionist frauds oppose Gov. Cuomo’s legal pot plan

RHODE ISLAND
12 things to know about RI’s growing medical marijuana industry
Historic 1770 home in Rhode Island gutted to grow marijuana
RI Moving Fast to Expand Sports Betting and Legalize Marijuana—Is Prostitution Next?
Woonsocket police prepare for retail marijuana impact

VERMONT
Vermont Senate committee approves marijuana regulation bill
Momentum to tax and regulate cannabis grows in House



FEATURED

Marijuana has ‘no impact’ on alcohol sales


Denver Could Seal 13000 Cannabis Convictions
Cannabis Now

North Dakota’s first medical marijuana dispensary expected to open
Grand Forks Herald

Growing Marijuana Industry Struggles To Attract Employees Of Color
NPR

California Made $300 Million on Legal Cannabis in 2018
Leafly

PTA joins police execs in seeking to derail legal cannabis
Plattsburgh Press Republican

Recreational pot users in Nevada eating up marijuana edibles market
Hermann Herald

Democrats push for legalization of marijuana sales, growing
Laredo Morning Times

Chicago marijuana companies bulk up
Crain’s Chicago Business

Hagerstown joint venture sees big profits in medical marijuana
Baltimore Post-Examiner



FEATURED

3 Marijuana Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul


Boston-based marijuana company Ascend Wellness expands into Ohio
MassLive

AmeriCann Enters into a Joint Venture Which Will Operate in the Fast Growing Mass market (press release) …
Digital Journal

Arizona firm opens its 1st Florida medical marijuana dispensary
Orlando Business Journal

Rising Cannabis Market Provides Jobs and Opportunity
Financialbuzz.com

Marijuana regulators consider ‘course correction’ on social equity
MassLive

Businesses need bank accounts — marijuana shops included
The Hill

Weed consumers no longer ‘stoner that lives in his mom’s basement’: CEO
Yahoo Finance

Banking reform gets mostly a ‘meh’ from US cannabis industry
The Globe and Mail

Congress urged to fully open banks to marijuana industry
Boston 25 News

Illinois-based Verano Expands Into Massachusetts
Green Market Report

iAnthus and MPX Bioceutical Announce Closing of $1.6 Billion Combination
Cannabis Business Times

Four Daughters cannabis dispensary acquired by Chicago company
Boston Business Journal

GFA first in Mass. to offer marijuana banking services
Worcester Business Journal

Massachusetts Marijuana Businesses Look to Sue Over Localities’ Levies
Weedmaps News


New automated budtender machines are ATMs for weed




FEATURED
Harvard researchers link smoking marijuana with higher sperm concentration

Experts say men who smoked marijuana have significantly higher concentrations of sperm than those who have never lit up.


Medicinal Cannabis: More Data Needed On Clinical- And Cost-Effectiveness
Forbes

Man sues over job rejection due to medical marijuana
Boston Globe

Chronic pain most common reason US patients get medical marijuana
WSAU News

Hemp growers protest order against the sales of edible CBD
WHDH 7News

Is the Switch to Cannabis a Viable Option?
Cancer Therapy Advisor


Cannabis and Commercial Real Estate 2019

WHAT: “Join real estate gurus talking the future of renting to smokers.”
WHEN: March 7
WHERE: Sheraton Needham, 100 Cabot St, Needham

Marijuana & Medicine

WHAT: “Join the Athenæum and The Public’s Radio for a panel discussion moderated by health reporter Lynn Arditi about the debate over marijuana as a potential treatment for autism and opioid addiction. Panelists include Dr. James McDonald, Dr. Todd Levine, and Dr. Stuart Gitlow. The conversation will be recorded for future broadcast.”
WHEN: March 9
WHERE: ProVerde Laboratories, 420 Fortune Blvd, Milford

Sex and Cannabis 101 Mini Lesson

WHAT: “Curious how cannabis can enhance your sex life? Good Vibes is teaming up with Chloe from Blaze State to give you the best info on how to bring cannabis into the bedroom. Enjoy some snacks and refreshments while you get all your questions answered by the experts.”
WHEN: March 22
WHERE: Good Vibration Harvard Square, 52 JFK St, Cambridge

Cannabis & Ladies Mixer

WHAT: “Hey Ladies!! Come join in on Cannabis and Ladies Mixer Night! This is a new started group for Women that enjoy the use of cannabis but also interested in learning how to harvest and grow their own plants and start a great business.”
WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 2019
WHERE: TBA, Boston

NECANN – New England Cannabis Convention

WHAT: The New England Cannabis Convention is the largest gathering of the New England MMJ, Cannabis, and Hemp Industries, the perfect B2B and B2C platform for everyone doing cannabis business in the northeast, and those who want to! It also serves as an education platform for those interested in learning more about the vital medical marijuana programs available in Massachusetts and the rest of New England.
WHEN: March 22 –March 24, 2019
WHERE:Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston

Massachusetts Marijuana Dispensary Training

WHAT: “An intense 4 hour cannabis training for dispensary jobs in Massachusetts, with certification test, to prepare you to work in a Marijuana Dispensary. This class covers laws.”
WHEN: March 24
WHERE: DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Logan Airport Chelsea, Chelsea

JCW Presents Hemp-Derived CBD Just the Facts

WHAT: “Learn about the discovery of CBD, its natural sources, including the differences between agricultural hemp and high-THC cannabis plants.”
WHEN: April 1
WHERE: Johnson Compounding and Wellness, 577 Main St., Waltham

Medical Cannabis Information Series

WHAT: “Are you, or someone you know, interested in being a Medical Cannabis patient? You are invited to participate in the Medical Cannabis: Access and Choice Informational Session to discuss the benefits and how to become a Medical Cannabis Patient in the Medical Use of Marijuana Program in Massachusetts, and ways you can find relief.”
WHEN: April 13
WHERE: Reindeer Bridge Holistic Health, Vineyard Haven