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New York legalizes pot

New York adults over the age of 21 can now possess and use marijuana — even in public — under a legalization bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, though legal sales of recreational-use cannabis won’t start for an estimated 18 months until regulations are set. Passed after several years of stalled efforts, the measure makes New York the 16th state to legalize adult use of the drug, though South Dakota’s measure is in legal limbo. New York becomes the second-most populous state, after California, to legalize recreational marijuana. Legalization backers hope the Empire State will add momentum and set an example with its efforts to redress the inequities of a system that has locked up people of color for marijuana offenses at disproportionate rates. Read the rest of this story on Boston...

Editorial: White House in the weeds on pot use

Good help is hard to find. President Biden should keep that in mind considering dozens of White House staffers are being disciplined, released and asked to resign for past marijuana use, according to several press reports. Some of those facing discipline and expulsion are from states and localities where marijuana is legal. In addition, the administration had previously indicated that it would be loosening restrictions around past marijuana use, with NBC news reporting in February that waivers would be granted at the administration’s discretion for limited use of the drug in the past. Assured by transition staff that Biden’s team was more understanding of recreational marijuana use than past White Houses have been, young staffers had disclosed marijuana use in documents which were part of ...

Plaintiffs drop suit over marijuana delivery rules

Stung by an exodus of members since it filed suit to block new cannabis industry rules permitting home delivery, the business group that represents most of the state’s brick-and-mortar marijuana shops announced Monday morning that it is dropping the legal challenge. The Commonwealth Dispensary Association and its attorneys from Foley Hoag had argued in the suit that new delivery-only license types created by the Cannabis Control Commission violated the state’s marijuana law, which they said gives the retailers the right to deliver cannabis under their existing licenses. The lawsuit was seen by some as an attack on the disadvantaged entrepreneurs and small businesses that the CCC’s new delivery model was intended to help and a number of retailers publicly broke from the CDA as news of the s...

House votes to decriminalize marijuana at federal level

Published: Dec 4, 2020, 12:57 pm • Updated: Dec 4, 2020, 12:57 pm By Associated Press By MATTHEW DALY WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House on Friday approved a bill to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, reversing what supporters called a failed policy of criminalization of pot use and taking steps to address racial disparities in enforcement of federal drug laws. Opponents, mostly Republicans, called the bill a hollow political gesture and mocked Democrats for bringing it up at a time when thousands of Americans are dying from the coronavirus pandemic. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Ticker: Biden has no immediate plans to lift china tariffs; San Francisco bans smoking inside apartments, pot smoking OK 

Published: Dec 2, 2020, 3:53 pm • Updated: Dec 2, 2020, 3:53 pm By Boston Herald Wire Services President-elect Joe Biden says he won’t immediately lift tariffs placed by President Trump on many imports from China or break Trump’s initial trade deal. Biden says he wants to maximize his leverage in future talks with the United States’ geopolitical rival. Speaking to The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, Biden said, “I’m not going to make any immediate moves, and the same applies to the tariffs.” Biden said in a column published Wednesday: “I’m not going to prejudice my options.” Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Pot delivery in Massachusetts offers wiggle room for owners, community

Published: Dec 1, 2020, 6:51 am • Updated: Dec 1, 2020, 6:52 am By Boston Herald Editorial Staff When selling marijuana became a legitimate business in Massachusetts, it was seen as a welcome opportunity for entrepreneurs. But any industry needs to innovate and adapt if wants to grow, and the marijuana enterprise is no different. On Monday, the Cannabis Control Commission gave the high sign to new regulations that will allow for home delivery businesses. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Massachusetts cannabis retailers vow to fight marijuana delivery regulations poised for passage Monday

Massachusetts cannabis retailers have vowed a fight over controversial new marijuana delivery rules that regulators are expected to pass on Monday, which prioritize minority applicants and would enable courier companies to buy and sell marijuana wholesale without a brick-and-mortar business. “We’re not holding breath — it’s a done deal. Tomorrow is a mere formality at this point,” said David Torrisi, president of the Commonwealth Dispensary Association. “But we’ll be looking at legislative and legal action. Our fight does not end tomorrow.” The Cannabis Control Commission on Monday is set to vote on a set of draft regulations for recreational marijuana that include two license categories for delivery. The regulations will be a first for recreational pot, but delivery is already allowed for...

Election could stoke US marijuana market, sway Congress

Voters in four states from different regions of the country could embrace broad legal marijuana sales on Election Day, and a sweep would highlight how public acceptance of cannabis is cutting across geography, demographics and the nation’s deep political divide. The Nov. 3 contests in New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota and Montana will shape policies in those states while the battle for control of Congress and the White House could determine whether marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Already, most Americans live in states where marijuana is legal in some form and 11 now have fully legalized the drug for adults — Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont. It’s also legal in Washington, D.C. Read the rest of thi...

Ticker: Pols blast pending pot delivery regs; Providence unveils program to support small businesses

A handful of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have asked that Massachusetts marijuana regulators scrap the proposed delivery license that would let operators buy marijuana wholesale from cultivators and manufacturers, store it in a warehouse and deliver it to consumers at home. The Cannabis Control Commission is expected Tuesday morning to consider feedback and hold a final discussion about its draft delivery policy, which would create two distinct delivery license types: a “limited delivery license” that would allow an operator to charge a fee to make deliveries from CCC-licensed retailers and dispensaries, and a “wholesale delivery license.” In a letter last week, 19 state lawmakers told the CCC that they “believe that the wholesale delivery license category proposed in the draft r...

Maine joins Massachusetts, opening doors to recreational pot sales

Published: Oct 11, 2020, 2:31 pm • Updated: Oct 11, 2020, 2:32 pm By Associated Press SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Mainers got their first opportunity to legally buy marijuana for recreational use, but a supply shortage was a potential buzzkill. Retailers blame the pandemic and a limited number of licensed manufacturers for reducing the variety of products available. Licenses were issued only a month ago, causing retailers to scramble to stock their shelves. That didn’t deter shoppers. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Methadone Mile busts: Boston Police arrest 7, recover illegal drugs

Published: Oct 5, 2020, 7:18 pm • Updated: Oct 5, 2020, 7:20 pm By Rick Sobey Police over the last week have arrested seven alleged drug dealers in the Methadone Mile area and helped more than 25 alleged buyers seek treatment for their drug addictions, the department announced on Monday. Officers over the past six weeks have identified several people who are known to sell drugs in the Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard area, police said. The weekslong drug investigation resulted in seven arrests and the recovery of a significant amount of drugs in the Methadone Mile area. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Ticker: Pot delivery rules open for comment; Satanic temple sues over rejected billboards; Fitch affirms UMass rating

Now that they’ve settled on a framework for home delivery of marijuana, regulators on the Cannabis Control Commission want the public’s input on the draft rules. The CCC announced Monday night that it opened a public comment period through Oct. 15 on its recently adopted draft delivery regulations, which would create two delivery license types: a “limited delivery license” that would allow an operator to charge a fee to make deliveries from CCC-licensed retailers and dispensaries, and a “wholesale delivery license” that would let an operator buy marijuana wholesale from cultivators and manufacturers and store it in a warehouse that would form a base for delivery operations. The Massachusetts Cannabis Association For Delivery, which was among the groups that said the initial draft of delive...

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