FRAMINGHAM, Mass. —The owners of a cannabis company hope to transform a former Papa Gino’s on Route 9 into a recreational marijuana shop set to open early next year.The Papa Gino’s at 151 Worcester Road in Framingham closed in February along with a half-dozen other stores. The rest of the story: Closed Papa Gino’s location…

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MANSFIELD, MA — Mansfield could get its first marijuana business if a proposal for a recreational dispensary at 321 School St., across from the Mansfield Crossing shopping plaza is approved. Representatives from Releaf Alternative presented a proposal for a pot shop at last week’s Select Board meeting on June 5, and answered several of the…

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By Kristin LaFratta | [email protected] a slow legislative process, retail recreational marijuana is officially available in most of — though not all parts of — Massachusetts. Years after residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana, state regulators have approved retail sales for more than 20 license holders from Pittsfield to Brookline.Since the openings of Cultivate in…

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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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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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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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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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The burgeoning marijuana industry in Massachusetts continually faces challenges of every sort. The manner in which it addresses and resolves those issues will ultimately shape the landscape and result in a steady marketplace, balancing the needs of the consumer with the ability to navigate the bureaucracy and changing realities.However, there is a challenge on the…

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