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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.

Pot shop a no-go in Quincy Market after landlord’s cease and desist

Plans for a pot shop in Quincy Market are on hold for now after the property management firm for the popular downtown tourist destination issued a cease and desist letter for the cannabis retailer, city officials confirmed. The city’s Office a Neighborhood Services canceled a community meeting for Redemption Cannabis after Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation, which handles the leases for Faneuil Hall Marketplace, informed officials it intended to issue a cease and desist letter to the applicant regarding the proposed use, a spokeswoman for Mayor Martin Walsh’s office said. There’s still hope for a cannabis retailer at the site, though. Officials said if the issues between Ashkanazy and Redemption Cannabis are resolved, the marijuana retailer can try again and move forward with the community ...

Reaction mixed to pot shop proposed in Roxbury’s Nubian Square

Many people in Roxbury on Tuesday said they would welcome a proposed recreational marijuana dispensary in Nubian Square, even as the head of a neighborhood group said a “drug den” would not help to revitalize the community. Rooted in Roxbury, a Black-owned business, wants to open its store in the predominantly Black neighborhood, where several store fronts stand empty. “Before cannabis was legalized in Massachusetts, it was here, and it was unsafe because you didn’t know what it was laced with when you were buying it on the street,” Brian Keith, one of the company’s four owners, said. “We’re offering a safe alternative.” Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

DA: Teen allegedly high on marijuana charged in Natick hit-and-run

A 17-year-old boy who fled after allegedly mowing down two pedestrians in an Aug. 18 Natick crash was driving high on marijuana, authorities said. The teenager, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was reportedly operating a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck on Washington Avenue in the area of Summer Street shortly before 6:30 p.m. when he struck a Natick couple on the sidewalk and fled the scene, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Natick Police Chief James Hicks said in a joint statement Tuesday. One of the victims, Brian Colbert, 39, has been discharged from the hospital and continues his painful recovery from home, but his wife, Kim Gunner, 51, is still in the intensive care unit after seven surgeries at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, with more surgeries to com...

Annual pro-marijuana event again postponed

Published: Aug 31, 2020, 7:27 am • Updated: Aug 31, 2020, 7:27 am By Associated Press GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — An annual pro-marijuana event in western Massachusetts that attracts thousands of people has again been postponed, this time until next year. Organizers of Extravaganja tell The Daily Hampshire Gazette the ongoing coronavirus pandemic prompted them to put off this year’s festival until next April 17. The postponement, organizers wrote in an announcement, is to “allow for more time for organizing, planning and preparing for Extravaganja 2021.” Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Buzz kill: Massachusetts’ pot shops reopen, but some fear another shutdown

Published: May 28, 2020, 11:43 am • Updated: May 28, 2020, 11:44 am By Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Marijuana shops in many states have enjoyed brisk business during the coronavirus pandemic. In New England? Not so much. Recreational shops reopened this week in Massachusetts with strict regulations after being ordered shut down the past two months. Now, some worry that state officials could simply shutter them again if there’s a resurgence of the virus in Massachusetts, the only state that has deemed the shops “nonessential” during the pandemic. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

First Boston pot shop, Pure Oasis, opens to small crowds

Nearly four and a half decades after the late Peter Tosh first sang “Legalize it, don’t criticize it,” his daughter Niambe McIntosh became the first person to buy recreational pot legally in Boston. “Of course: The sativa. We’re islanders; we’ve gotta have the sativa,” said McIntosh, who’d just done a little pirouette to celebrate the official opening of Pure Oasis in Dorchester, Boston’s first pot shop, referring to a type of marijuana. McIntosh, an international cannabis activist who lives near the Grove Hall store, was first patron at Pure Oasis, which is also the first African-American-owned pot shop in the state. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Boston’s first recreational pot shop opens three years after legalization vote

Boston’s first recreational marijuana shop will open Monday morning in Dorchester, bringing access to adult-use sales to into the city more than three years after voters approved recreational weed sales. Pure Oasis will open its doors at 11 a.m. Monday at 430 Blue Hill Ave. in Dorchester’s Grove Hall neighborhood. The shop is owned by Kobie Evans and Kevin Hart, both African-American, representing the first “economic empowerment” candidates in Massachusetts — marijuana companies where minorities make up over half of the staff or meet other criteria. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

First recreational pot shop in Boston to open Monday

The first Boston pot shop has the green light to open up Monday. Pure Oasis will begin selling recreational marijuana products at 430 Blue Hill Ave. in Dorchester at 11 a.m. after the state gave final approval on Thursday. Owners Kobie Evans and Kevin Hart said in a statement, “On behalf of the entire team at Pure Oasis, we are excited to reach this important moment where we will open our doors as the first retail cannabis business in Boston and as the first economic empowerment candidate in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We want to thank the Cannabis Control Commission for their ongoing support every step of the way, Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston for their willingness to assist us through this process since day one, the City Council and the community who has embraced us. Read the...

Cambridge appealing decision after pot shop wins fight over two-year moratorium

Less than a month after Cambridge’s attempt to ban a medical marijuana dispensary from selling to all adults for two years was ruled unconstitutional in superior court, the city announced that it has filed an emergency motion to halt the ruling — a decision ripped by the local pot shop. “The City’s actions in pursuing an appeal reflect a contempt for the Court and the rule of law,” Revolutionary Clinics, one of the shops hit by Cambridge’s moratorium, said in a statement. “Rather than working toward solutions and sound policy that can have a tangible impact, the City continues to play politics.” The announcement comes after a Middlesex Superior Court judge ruled on Jan. 24 that the moratorium on Revolutionary Clinics opening a retail pot shop violated the Home Rule Amendment to the Massach...

Boston’s would-be pot entrepreneurs lie in wait as city slow-walks new marijuana licensing board

Two Boston entrepreneurs’ plans to open the state’s third independent testing laboratory to check the safety of cannabis products — including vape cartridges — are being slow-walked as the city works to roll out a brand new marijuana licensing board amid an already slow-moving pot industry. “There is a dire need for marijuana testing and that’s where we are putting 99 percent of our attention … but we need to make sure we don’t get bogged down in the politics,” said Dimitri Pelekoudas, CEO of Assured Testing Laboratories. Pelekoudas and his partner Kris Nykbakken want to open a lab at 43 Freeport St. in Dorchester that would test the safety of marijuana flower, products and concentrates that can contain dangerous solvents and chemicals. State law requires all legally sold marijuana product...

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