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Published: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:45:16 -0700

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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.

US MA: Baker Proposes Manslaughter Charge For Drug Dealers

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 30 Aug 2017 - Seeking to crack down on the suppliers behind the state's lethal opioid crisis, Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday filed a broad legislative package that would create a new manslaughter charge for drug dealers whose product causes a death. Under Baker's plan, dealers would face a mandatory minimum of five years for selling any drugs that result in a fatality.

US MA: White House Anti-Drug Office Asks Massachusetts For Medical

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 25 Aug 2017 - An arm of the White House's anti-drug office has asked Massachusetts and several other states where medical marijuana is legal to turn over information about their registered patients, triggering a debate over privacy rights and whether state officials should cooperate with a federal administration that appears hostile to the drug. Dale Quigley, deputy coordinator of the National Marijuana Initiative, or NMI, has asked Massachusetts health officials for demographic data on the age, gender, and medical condition of the state's approximately 40,000 registered medical marijuana patients. Quigley is a former police officer in Colorado with a long history of speaking out against legalization.

US MA: When It Comes To Marijuana Foods, Regulation Drives Innovation

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 16 Aug 2017 - DENVER - Many college students will tell you that making pot brownies is easy - just sprinkle a little marijuana into a pan of melting butter, then follow the instructions on the back of the Duncan Hines box. But marijuana entrepreneurs in this center of cannabis innovation face a much higher bar. They have no trouble dreaming up creative treats and concoctions infused with psychoactive THC, but meeting hundreds of pages of health and safety regulations means their imagination is handcuffed. And for good reason: the rules demand precise dosing, uniform potency, and warning symbols imprinted on the food itself.