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Bus diver passes out, says he didn’t know gummies snacks loaded with pot

A commercial bus driver has been charged with 38 counts of reckless endangerment after blacking out behind the steering wheel while snacking on gummies he says he didn’t know were infused with THC. Jinhuan Chen appeared Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court after being arrested at his home in Boston. Chen was driving 38 passengers from the Mohegan Sun Casino on March 13 when he stopped the bus on the side of Interstate 95 in Stratford. Police said they found Chen slumped unconscious in the driver’s seat, next to an open package of Smokies Edibles Cannabis Infused Fruit Chews. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Germany moves ahead with plan to legalize cannabis sales

BERLIN (AP) — The German government is setting in motion plans to legalize the sale of cannabis for recreational purposes, aiming to have legislation ready later this year. The Health Ministry said Monday that it will start holding expert hearings on various aspects of the issue Tuesday. It said that more than 200 representatives from the medical, legal and other fields will take part, along with officials from various levels of government and unidentified international experts. The pledge to legalize controlled sales of cannabis to adults in licensed shops is one of a series of reforms outlined in last year’s coalition deal between the three socially liberal parties that make up Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

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.

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.

House lawmakers give weed the green light at the federal level

Lawmakers in Washington late last week passed a bill through the House that would see marijuana declassified at the federal level. “The criminalization of marijuana is inherently racist in its enforcement, unscientific in its foundation, and out of step with public opinion and the law in 18 states,” U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark said in a release after the bill’s passage. Called the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE) Act, the proposed law would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, require federal courts to expunge prior marijuana convictions, open small business administration funding to pot businesses and authorize a 5% federal tax on marijuana sales. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Convicted ex-mayor’s corruption prison term reporting date delayed, again

A federal judge on Monday pushed back the prison reporting date of a former Massachusetts mayor convicted of corruption charges for a seventh time, but denied a request to allow him to remain free pending his appeal. Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II was supposed to report to a federal medium security prison in Berlin, New Hampshire, to start serving a six-year sentence on Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock said in a filing Monday that postponing the reporting date until April 22 would give Correia’s attorneys “a reasonable period” of time to go to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to appeal Woodlock’s decision not to stay the reporting date indefinitely. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Massachusetts Senate passes sweeping pot reform bill

The state Senate passed a sweeping cannabis bill that aims to clarify some terms of a ballot initiative first passed by voters in 2016, while promoting equity in the industry. “Unfortunately, many barriers continue to prevent those historically harmed by marijuana prohibition from entering the industry,” said Senate President Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, adding that “guardrails” are now in place for the “Host Community Agreement process.” The bill, championed in part by state senator and gubernatorial candidate Sonia Chang-Díaz, would make several updates to the state’s existing cannabis laws, including a first-in-the-nation social equity program for cannabis entrepreneurs. Currently, only about 7% of cannabis businesses are considered “social equity” businesses, according to the Senate. Read ...

Police suspect weed businesses hit by same group of burglars

GORHAM, Maine — The robbery of an estimated $59,000 worth of weed products from a Maine marijuana business in October is just one of a string of weed-related burglaries in New England that police suspect are being organized by the same group. The group cut through the wall of a warehouse in Gorham and ran away with nearly 30 pounds of marijuana and 500 THC vaping cartridges, The Portland Press Herald reported Monday. Gorham police said the building’s security cameras caught video of a license plate, leading them to a potential suspect with an address in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Mike Tyson credits marijuana for improved mental health, introduces line of products in Boston

Published: Mar 16, 2022, 12:54 pm • Updated: Mar 16, 2022, 12:55 pm By Meghan Ottolini Heavyweight champ Mike Tyson’s ever-evolving life has taken an entrepreneurial turn: he’s touting a new line of marijuana products right here in Boston, which he credits with granting him serenity decades after leaving the boxing ring. “It’s put me in a frame of mind where I can be at peace with myself, my family, my dear friends,” Tyson told the Herald. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

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