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Massachusetts lawmakers looking to strike unconstitutional Controlled Substances Act

Lawmakers are about to weed out a law that’s overgrown its usefulness. A seldom used and apparently unconstitutional part of the General Laws may soon be stricken, if an outside section of the state Senate’s fiscal 2023 budgets makes it past muster during Tuesday’s debate. “This court concluded that the assessment of the tax on essentially the same activity for which a dealer had received criminal sanctions was punishment prohibited by principles of double jeopardy,” the Supreme Judicial Court wrote in 1998, upholding a tax board’s decision to abate a dealer’s tax liability for their illegal drugs. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Ticker: ‘Borat’ drops suit over pot billboard; Ringling Bros. announces comeback tour, no animals 

Published: May 21, 2022, 12:54 am • Updated: May 21, 2022, 12:55 am By Boston Herald Wire Services Actor Sacha Baron Cohen has dropped his lawsuit against a Massachusetts cannabis dispensary that used an image of his character Borat on a billboard without his permission. A document filed in Boston federal court Tuesday said the two sides have agreed to dismiss the case brought last year by the “Borat” star. The legal filing did not mention any settlement in the case. Emails seeking comment were sent Wednesday to lawyers for Baron Cohen and the dispensary, Somerset-based Solar Therapeutics Inc. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

PHOTOS: Inside Colorado’s first cannabis “bar,” JAD’s Mile High Smoke in Denver

Since legal recreational marijuana sales began in 2014, Coloradans have had a plethora of places to buy weed — but not a ton of places to actually consume it. For many years, consumption spaces like Tetra Lounge and the Coffee Joint in Denver invited tokers to come and bring their own substances for use, but locals’ options were limited to just that — until recently. JAD’s Mile High Smoke opened in late April as the state’s first recreational sales and hospitality business in the state, a formal title meaning a lounge where consumers can both buy weed and smoke, eat or drink it onsite. That means you can literally belly up to a bar and order a non-alcoholic, THC-infused beer and a gram of marijuana served with a side of rolling papers. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Four towns just said no to marijuana sales, but how strong is rural Colorado’s distaste for weed?

HOOPER — Charlie Williams doesn’t believe there should be stores selling pot in his tiny town deep in the San Luis Valley. The 67-year-old pastor isn’t alone. Two dozen of his fellow residents joined him last month in successfully turning down — 25 to 18 — a measure that would have allowed recreational and medical cannabis sales in this town of fewer than 100 just west of Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. “It’s a lot of conservative-minded people who really don’t want that in their town,” said Williams, who preaches at the non-denominational Church of the Living God in Hooper. “Some of us in Hooper wanted to draw a line and keep that out of here.” Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Ticker: FDA moves to ban menthols; Senate stonewalls pot in Granite State

Published: May 3, 2022, 12:57 am • Updated: May 3, 2022, 12:58 am By Boston Herald Wire Services The feds on Thursday moved on a long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, citing the toll on Black smokers and young people. “The proposed rules would help prevent children from becoming the next generation of smokers and help adult smokers quit,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. The Food and Drug Administration said eliminating menthol cigarettes could prevent between 300,000 and 650,000 smoking deaths over 40 years. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

How can parents prevent children from ingesting edibles

Marijuana is legal in our state, and I want to be sure my kids don’t take any edibles. What are the best ways to prevent that? Marijuana (cannabis) is now legal for medical and recreational use in many U.S. states. That means the availability of tempting treats that contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, is on the rise. Unfortunately, so is the accidental THC poisoning risk these products pose to kids who get ahold of them. Marijuana can be dangerous in all forms for children and adolescents, both in the short term and the long term. That’s why it’s important for parents to understand how much THC is in edible products and how THC is absorbed in the body. Parents also need to know how to keep kids safe. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Pot board chairman sparks concern over his departure

Published: May 3, 2022, 12:54 am • Updated: May 3, 2022, 12:55 am By State House News Service He left in a puff. The Cannabis Control Commission has been without a chairperson for a week as the agency acknowledged Monday that Chairman Steven Hoffman resigned from the job effective April 25. Hoffman’s departure comes about four months before his five-year inaugural term on the body that regulates legal marijuana in Massachusetts was due to expire and almost a year and a half after Hoffman became the only original CCC member left on the panel. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

On the fence about cannabis edibles? Try these low-dose gummies from Denver.

Editor’s note: Each week in Staff Favorites, we offer our opinions on the best that Colorado has to offer for dining, shopping, entertainment, outdoor activities and more. (We’ll also let you in on some hidden gems). It was mere months ago that I used this column to tout my favorite vape pen. I went so far as to tell you, dear readers, that my preferred way to consume cannabis was by vaporizing it. Since then, however, I’ve had numerous reasons to take a break from smoking weed, including a mild case of COVID-19 last September and another close call when my husband contracted the virus in December. While I still love my Seed & Smith vape pen – it’s seriously the only one I use – these breaks have inspired me to embrace another form of cannabis: edibles. Read the rest of this story on ...

Opinion: Safe banking for cannabis industry needs to be carried cross finish line

Congressional cannabis champions clearly come from Colorado (how’s that for alliteration?). We saw this kind of leadership with Gov. Jared Polis when he was a congressman and co-founded the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, with former Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, and with our long-time current champion for SAFE Banking, Democrat Rep. Ed Perlmutter. With SAFE Banking voted on and approved now six times in the U.S. House of Representatives and still zero times in the Senate, getting this bipartisan and impactful piece of banking legislation to the president for his signature is not only vital, it’s actually do-able. Let me be clear for those who still don’t understand what SAFE Banking is or how it is significantly beneficial to Coloradans. And by doing so, let me share what it’s not. Read th...

Denver’s Mile High 420 Festival to institute age restrictions in 2023

An event in Denver celebrating cannabis culture will limit the age of festival-goers to 21 and older next year after parents complained, citing concerns about youth exposure to weed. The Mile High 420 Festival, set for Wednesday in Denver’s Civic Center park, is billed as “the largest 420 festival in the world.” With general admission tickets available for free, event organizers anticipate more than 50,000 people will attend. It’s no surprise that Colorado would attract so many pot enthusiasts. This year, Denver is considered the “best weed city” in the U.S., where the number of dispensaries – about 10 per 100,000 residents — is more than seven times the national average, according to Clever, a real estate data company. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

The city of Denver would like to remind you it’s illegal to smoke pot at 420 fest

After a social media post promoting Denver’s signature Mile High 420 Fest sparked backlash among locals, the city of Denver took to its official accounts Tuesday to remind tokers that smoking weed in public is against the law. This post, published April 18, sparked backlash among parents and youth advocates, who said it aimed to welcome kids at the all-ages Mile High 420 Fest. The original post published by the city and county of Denver on Monday encouraged Denverites to “fight the stigma surrounding marijuana and celebrate the booming cannabis industry here in Colorado!” That didn’t sit well with parents and youth advocates, who noted the Mile High 420 Fest is open to all ages and suggested the post was also inviting kids to join the party, which has historically turned a blind eye open c...

Method Man announces new cannabis edibles, concentrates in time for 420 concert in Denver

When Method Man came to Colorado to perform with Wu-Tang Clan at Red Rocks Amphitheatre last August, the rapper and actor debuted an original line of cannabis flower that had fans lighting up with excitement. Method Man returned this week for two concerts, including a performance Wednesday at the stoner-focused 420 on the Rocks, bringing another smokeable announcement with him. Method Man is collaborating with two local companies to release TICAL edibles and several concentrates in the coming months. That includes three kinds of gummies with Dialed In, recently named the top cannabis brand to watch in Colorado by analytics firm BDSA, and three concentrate products with Soiku Bano, the best rosin manufacturer in Denver, according to Westword. Both companies are working with Vera Cultivation...