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Massachusetts set to begin recreational marijuana sales

Two years after legalizing recreational marijuana, Massachusetts will finally begin selling cannabis to the public on Tuesday. The state’s first two retail marijuana shops will be open for business Tuesday at 8 a.m., MassLive.com reports. Customers 21 years and older will be able to purchase recreational cannabis with a valid government-issued photo ID. Individuals are […]

New Bill Would Legalize Cannabis in New Jersey

Lawmakers across the Northeast watched closely this week as adult-use sales kicked off in Massachusetts. Judging from their reactions, it seems Massachusetts won’t be alone for long. As the East Coast’s first stores prepared to open, neighboring Vermont—which legalized possession and personal cultivation in January but still prohibits retail sales—moved forward on a plan to […]

In Massachusetts, First Legal Cannabis Sales ‘Felt Like Clockwork’

NORTHAMPTON, MA — Despite chilly temperatures and bouts of freezing rain, operators at New England Treatment Access (NETA) are declaring the first day of adult-use cannabis sales in Massachusetts a true success. RELATED STORY Massachusetts Cannabis Stores Open: Leafly’s Live Coverage Customers have been steady all day, necessitating long outdoor lines that sometimes stretched multiple […]

Massachusetts Recreational Cannabis Sales Cleared for Launch

This story has been updated. More than two years after Massachusetts voters legalized cannabis in the state, regulators have officially given the OK for retail stores to open their doors next week. The Northampton store has announced it will open for adult-use sales on Tuesday. Two shops—New England Treatment Access (NETA), in Northampton, and Cultivate, […]

Number of cannabis racketeering suits increases, posing financial threat to targeted firms

Federal civil racketeering lawsuits are proliferating against marijuana businesses, forcing companies to sometimes spend tens of thousands of dollars to cover legal costs. Experts are divided about the risk the lawsuits pose to the industry. But the growing number of cases is proving worrisome to industry watchers. “There is a greater risk of (racketeering) litigation […]

MA attorney general reverses ruling that allowed cities to ban medical cannabis firms

Medical marijuana businesses in Massachusetts may have one fewer headache after state Attorney General Maura Healey reversed an earlier decision that allowed municipalities in the state to prohibit MMJ dispensaries. Here are the basics behind the situation: According to Commonwealth Magazine, Massachusetts passed a medical marijuana law in 2012 that included a provision prohibiting cities and towns […]

Massachusetts Dispensaries That Let You Order Ahead of Time

Between Salem’s edgy history and those famous cups of mouthwatering chowder, Massachusetts offers intrigue and interest packaged in an all-American destination. But what makes The Pilgrim State even better? The legalization of cannabis. We recently launched Leafly Pickup across the state, so you don’t have to wait in line when you’re ready to medicate. Visit […]

With Testing Labs on the Way, Massachusetts Cannabis Is Coming Soon

Massachusetts marijuana regulators could approve independent testing laboratories later this month, clearing what’s been a key roadblock to opening up the state’s first retail cannabis stores. The executive director of the Cannabis Control Commission, Shawn Collins, told commissioners on Thursday he was “relatively confident” that one or two labs would be ready for a licensing […]

States Mull ‘Sanctuary’ Status for Cannabis Businesses

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Taking a cue from the fight over immigration, some states that have legalized marijuana are considering providing so-called sanctuary status for licensed cannabis businesses, hoping to protect the fledgling industry from a shift in federal enforcement policy. “This is a new engine of a healthy economy.” Ben Bartlett, Berkeley City Council […]

Will Massachusetts be the first state to allow social marijuana use?

Published: Feb 19, 2018, 8:32 am • Updated: Feb 19, 2018, 8:35 am By Bob Salsberg, Associated Press BOSTON — Could Massachusetts become the first U.S. state where adults can gather and use legal recreational marijuana at so-called “cannabis cafes?” The Cannabis Control Commission, the five-member panel set up to regulate the state’s marijuana industry, […]