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Published: Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:34:42 -0800

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US MA: State To Hire Full-Time Cannabis Connoisseur

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 06 Nov 2017 - Help wanted: Pot inspector. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources posted a listing on the state's career site Friday for an agricultural inspector who will specialize in a new crop in Massachusetts: cannabis.



US MA: Cannabis Exposition Comes To Boston And No, That Smell Is Not

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 05 Oct 2017 - Organizers of the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition say they expect more than 2,000 people at the event Thursday and Friday at the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston. It's the first time this particular exposition has come to town. The organizers also held events this year in New York and Los Angeles.



US MA: Mass. Marijuana Commission Working On Budget, Revenue

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 04 Oct 2017 - BOSTON - As he prepares an immediate budget request for this fiscal year and his agency's budget request for its first full year in existence, the chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission has been meeting with lawmakers and expects to have an estimate of the CCC's fiscal needs within two weeks. Chairman Steven Hoffman said he's already held about a half-dozen meetings with state lawmakers and expects to hold another six or seven. The topic of funding for the fledgling CCC, which was not a hot topic of debate in the Legislature during debate on pot taxes, comes up "every single time," he said.



US MA: Mass. High Court Says Sobriety Tests Aren't Evidence For Pot

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 19 Sep 2017 - Members of the Mass. State Police performed a sobriety test on a driver in Chicopee in 2011. The state's highest court on Tuesday limited which evidence can be used in court to prosecute drivers suspected of operating under the influence of marijuana, handing a victory to civil rights advocates in a closely-watched case.



US MA: Marijuana Rally On Boston Common Features Vendors, Music, And

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 16 Sep 2017 - The Boston Freedom Rally was on Boston Common on Saturday. Thousands of people are expected to flock to Boston Common this weekend for the 28th annual Boston Freedom Rally - the first time the marijuana festival has been held since voters approved a ballot referendum last November legalizing the drug for recreational use.



US MA: A Year After Lawsuit, Marijuana Rally On Boston Common Set To

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 29 Aug 2017 - Attendees of the annual marijuana "Freedom Rally" on Boston Common laughed during last year's event. For more stories on the marijuana industry, sign up for our newsletter, This Week in Weed. The administration of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is expected to green-light the 28th annual marijuana "Freedom Rally" on Boston Common in September, a year after organizers of the smoky, weekend-long bash had to sue the city to get a permit.



US MA: Question 4 Opponents Will Have Majority On Cannabis Commission

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 01 Sep 2017 - BOSTON -- Marijuana legalization opponents will outnumber supporters four to one on the new commission that will spearhead the state's efforts to get a legal marijuana industry up and running by next summer and then regulate the newly legal market. Attorney General Maura Healey on Friday appointed Britte McBride, a lawyer with experience working for the attorney general's office, the state Senate and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, to the newly minted Cannabis Control Commission, and joined Gov. Charlie Baker and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg in agreeing on two picks to round out the five-person panel.



US MA: Former Bain Consultant Named Top Marijuana Regulator

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 31 Aug 2017 - Steven Hoffman, a veteran corporate executive and consultant, was named the chair of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, the newly created agency that will usher in an era of legal marijuana use. The appointment Thursday by state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg makes Hoffman, a 63-year-old Lincoln resident, the state's top marijuana regulator. He will hire the commission's executive director and other staff, and oversee the writing of new rules to govern marijuana cultivators, processors, and both medical and recreational dispensaries.



US MA: A Church's Sign Campaign Captures Opioids' Toll

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 31 Aug 2017 - A Wrentham church has launched an unusual campaign to raise awareness of the toll opioid abuse has taken in Massachusetts. Signs marked "#2069" - the number of opioid-related deaths reported statewide for 2016 - have shown up in yards around the region thanks to the efforts of Trinity Episcopal Church.