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‘Cash is still king’ in Massachusetts marijuana industry – News – The Sudbury Town Crier – Sudbury, MA

April 1, 2019 /

By Eli Sherman – Wicked Local – Posted at 8:32 AM A good way to end a conversation with someone in the marijuana trade is to ask them about their banking situation.Some experts project the industry in Massachusetts could be worth $1.8 billion in the future, making clear the potential to earn money in the…

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Massachusetts marijuana regulators investigating whether companies violated license limits – The Boston Globe

March 28, 2019 /

By Todd Wallack and Dan Adams Globe Staff March 28, 2019 State regulators said Wednesday they are investigating whether large marijuana companies are flouting state rules on the number of licenses that can be controlled or owned by a single entity, potentially making it harder for smaller, independent entrepreneurs to compete.The revelation by the Cannabis…

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Mapping pot legalization politics: Not just red vs. blue – Boston Herald

March 27, 2019 /

NEW YORK (AP) — To anyone who figured the path of legalizing recreational marijuana use ran along blue state-red state lines, a sudden setback for pot advocates in New Jersey may show the issue isn’t so black-and-white.Leaders in solidly-blue New Jersey are vowing it will still join the 10 states that have legalized the drug.…

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Boston Area’s First Retail Marijuana Shop Opens Without Trouble | Brookline, MA Patch

March 26, 2019 /

BROOKLINE, MA — Despite concern that the corner of Washington Street and Route 9 would be mangled with traffic for the opening weekend of Greater Boston’s first retail marijuana shop, the intersection flowed freely. The line Saturday at New England Treatment Access (NETA) didn’t make it out of the parking lot, which was big enough…

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Retail marijuana applicants in Boston grow impatient, ask if groups that have been ‘locked up’ for marijuana will be locked out from industry –

March 20, 2019 /

By Kristin LaFratta | [email protected] In step with a statewide initiative, the city of Boston wants the profitable cannabis industry to benefit those who suffered from the drug’s many years of prohibition.But as Boston City Councilors debate how to fairly regulate the new marijuana industry and support “economic empowerment applicants,” local marijuana entrepreneurs say years…

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Federal court dispute over Cambridge marijuana store settles; case dismissed in exchange for ‘significant’ payment –

March 14, 2019 /

By Shira Schoenberg | [email protected] A federal court case that had threatened to upend Massachusetts’ marijuana industry has been settled out of court.The case was essentially a neighborhood dispute over a Cambridge medical marijuana dispensary.Neighbors of the Harvard Square medical marijuana dispensary Healthy Pharms, who were led by Crimson Galeria, sued the dispensary. They used…

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Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission hears calls for less red tape, lower-cost products –

March 13, 2019 /

By Peter Goonan | [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The state Cannabis Control Commission heard pleas Tuesday to reduce red tape and fees for new businesses, expand opportunities for minorities and women, and reduce product costs.The five-member commission conducted a listening session at Western New England University Blake Law Center’s Moot Court Room as it weighs potential…

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Aspiring Massachusetts Pot Shop Owners Frustrated By Slow Licensing Process

March 9, 2019 /

As the greater Boston area prepares for its first recreational pot shop — slated to open soon in Brookline — some marijuana advocates argue that the licensing process has been too slow. The Brookline store will be the 11th recreational marijuana business in the state since the first one opened in November.The problem, advocates say,…

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Recreational marijuana shops in Brookline, Berkshires up for vote by Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission –

March 7, 2019 /

By Michelle Williams | [email protected] Two more recreational marijuana shops may soon be open in Massachusetts, including one just outside of Boston.The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission will vote on the applications of two recreational marijuana retail locations during the commission’s meeting on Thursday.The applications are for New England Treatment Access on Washington Street in Brookline…

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Cannabis Advisory Board suggests withholding local marijuana tax dollars from communities that don’t implement ‘social equity’ programs |

February 27, 2019 /

By Shira Schoenberg | [email protected] The Cannabis Control Commission has been brainstorming ideas to improve the landscape for “social equity” marijuana businesses, those that will help communities disproportionately affected by enforcement of marijuana laws.The latest idea, courtesy of the Cannabis Advisory Board: withholding local tax money generated by the marijuana industry from cities and towns…

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