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Marijuana home delivery services launch in Massachusetts

Home-delivered marijuana has arrived in Massachusetts. At least two companies announced this week they have launched operations. Lantern, a sister company of the popular alcohol delivery service Drizly, says it’s now serving the Boston area. Your Green Package, meanwhile, says its driver teams have hit the road in the greater Northampton area in the western end of the state. The companies are among the first to benefit from the creation of new state licenses for recreational marijuana delivery companies. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission said Friday that 11 companies have so far been licensed for deliveries, and three of them are now operating. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Massachusetts men sentenced for home invasion and attempted pot heist

Two Massachusetts men were sentenced on Tuesday for trying to hold up a person selling marijuana in Maine, authorities said. Chief U.S. District Judge Jon D. Levy sentenced Eric Mercardo, 33, of Lowell, to 16 years in prison and four years of supervised release and Steven Hardy, 33, of Maynard, to 15½ years in prison and four years of supervised release. Both men also were ordered to pay the victim $3,740 in restitution. They were charged with interfering with commerce through acts of violence, conspiring to do so and discharging a firearm during the acts of violence. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Teen lifeguard stabbed at Worcester pond; 4 arrested

Published: Jul 5, 2021, 7:45 am • Updated: Jul 5, 2021, 7:46 am By Associated Press Four people were arrested after a teenage lifeguard at a Worcester pond was beaten and stabbed, police said. Worcester officers responded to Bell Pond in the city at about 6:30 p.m. for a report of several males attacking the lifeguard on duty, police said in a statement. Upon arrival, the suspects were gone but officers found a 17-year-old male lifeguard suffering from stab wounds. The victim was given aid at the scene before being taken to the hospital. His condition was not disclosed. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Dorchester man accused of receiving cocaine packages in the mail: Boston Police

A 28-year-old Dorchester man is accused of receiving dozens of cocaine packages in the mail from fake addresses in Puerto Rico, Boston Police said on Wednesday. Marco Clark, 28, of Dorchester, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with trafficking Class B drugs — more than 200 grams of cocaine, according to police. Boston police officers, U.S. Postal Service inspectors and Massachusetts State Police detectives on Tuesday at 4:10 p.m. executed four search warrants at 19 Paxton St. in Dorchester. The search warrants were for an investigation into the delivery of cocaine via the U.S. Postal Service. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Ticker: Pot smokers welcome, Amazon says; German biotech buys Cambridge rival for $1.7B

Published: Jun 2, 2021, 4:05 pm • Updated: Jun 2, 2021, 4:05 pm By Boston Herald Wire Services Amazon said it will stop testing jobseekers for marijuana. The company, the second-largest private employer in the U.S. behind Walmart, is making the change as states legalize cannabis or introduce laws banning employers from testing for it. In March, a New York man sued Amazon, saying the company rescinded his job offer at an Amazon warehouse because he tested positive for marijuana, even though the city banned employers from testing job applicants for cannabis in 2020. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

DA: Hyde Park man held without bail in connection with the killing of a man who went to buy pot from him

A Hyde Park man accused of murdering a man who tried to buy marijuana from him last year was ordered held without bail Monday. Emmanuel Maldonado, 21, was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on a charge of second-degree murder, three counts of armed assault with intent to murder and single counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition in connection with the death of Storlen Webster, prosecutors said. Judge Michael Doolin ordered Maldonado held without bail at the request of Assistant District Attorney David McGowan. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Boston pot supermarket given green light, may open this week

Published: Apr 26, 2021, 6:37 pm • Updated: Apr 26, 2021, 6:39 pm By Meghan Ottolini, Joe Dwinell One of the country’s biggest legal marijuana companies is ready to open a pot supermarket in downtown Boston — possibly as soon as later this week, the Herald has learned. Ascend is preparing a “soft opening” with a target date of Thursday for a 16,000-square-foot dispensary on Friend Street across from North Station and TD Garden. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has backed the shop. It will be the city’s biggest dispensary and wary West End neighbors say they’ll be keeping an eye on how it all rolls out. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Cannabis industry says access to banking services ‘can’t happen soon enough’

Cannabis industry insiders say a push by federal lawmakers to allow banks to provide services to pot shops in states where they are legal “can’t happen soon enough.” “Access to banking and capital is probably the largest barrier of entry for getting into this industry,” said David Torrisi, president of the Commonwealth Dispensary Association. As a haze of marijuana legalization has spread across the nation, banks have generally been unwilling to do business with companies that sell marijuana or related products, which are still illegal under federal law. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Pot regulators launching online catalog of marijuana products

The Cannabis Control Commission is launching an online catalog of the myriad marijuana products available at the state’s pot shops and dispensaries to help cops, parents and regulators alike tell the difference between what’s legal, and what’s not. The first-in-the-nation regulators’ catalog won’t exactly compete with Leafly and Weedmaps — so don’t expect genetic information or flavor profiles. Instead, the idea is to compile basic information and photos in one place so that police, regulators, consumers, and parents can get a better sense of the type of products that are part of the still-young legal cannabis world, and can tell the difference between what’s legal and what’s not. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

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...

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