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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.

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...

Bill would scrutinize deals between communities, pot firms

Published: Feb 6, 2020, 7:03 am • Updated: Feb 6, 2020, 7:04 am By Associated Press By STEVE LeBLANC BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would tighten oversight of payments made by marijuana companies to the cities and towns that host them. The bill, which passed by a 121-33 vote, would give the state’s Cannabis Control Commission the power to review, regulate and enforce “host community agreements” following criticism that some local officials have used the contracts to demand more money from companies than is allowed under state law. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Pot shops warned to watch out for ‘smurfs’ and ‘loopers’

Published: Feb 3, 2020, 1:36 pm • Updated: Feb 3, 2020, 1:38 pm By Marie Szaniszlo Pot regulators are vowing to crack down on “loopers” and “smurfs” — slang for people who make make multiple purchases of weed products in one day at one store or many. The state Cannabis Control Commission and state Attorney General Maura Healey’s office said they are looking to create a task force to find ways to blunt the illegal activity. A multi-agency illicit pot squad would clamp down on, among other things, people who go from dispensary to dispensary buying the maximum allowable amount of pot, with the intent of selling it illegally. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

1st retail pot shop on Cape Cod opens in Provincetown

Published: Feb 3, 2020, 1:34 pm • Updated: Feb 3, 2020, 1:35 pm By Associated Press PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — Cape Cod has its first legal pot shop. Curaleaf opened a recreational marijuana store in Provincetown, Massachusetts, on Wednesday after town officials granted the Wakefield-based company local approval. The store is located along the famous resort town’s bustling downtown of shops, restaurants and bars. The company says it expects to employ about 30 people. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.