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Editorial: A stoned driver is an impaired driver

Stoned driving legislation has been a steady companion of sports betting bills on the Massachusetts Legislature’s back burner, where the flame is barely lit. The post Editorial: A stoned driver is an impaired driver appeared first on The Cannabist.

Charlie Baker again pushes stoned driving bill with drugged driving causalities on the rise

Gov. Charlie Baker, frustrated by lawmakers’ inaction more than five years after the legalization of recreational pot, is making a second attempt to cut down on stoned driving. The post Charlie Baker again pushes stoned driving bill with drugged driving causalities on the rise appeared first on The Cannabist.

Bills filed in state House, Senate would legalize medical marijuana insurance coverage

Medical marijuana, used to treat everything from chronic pain to Parkinson’s Disease to PTSD, is still not covered by medical insurance, a cost some say is prohibitively expensive to patients who rely on the drug. The post Bills filed in state House, Senate would legalize medical marijuana insurance coverage appeared first on The Cannabist.

Boston pot warehouse proposal slammed by religious, civic leaders

A group of religious and civic leaders plans to voice their opposition next week  to a proposed marijuana warehouse and courier service in Grove Hall, a neighborhood made up predominantly of people of color. The post Boston pot warehouse proposal slammed by religious, civic leaders appeared first on The Cannabist.

Marie St. Fleur and former prosecutor sue pot company, claiming nonpayment of wages

A Boston-area pot company that with much aplomb hired former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur and onetime Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Amy McNamee to run its operation apparently has had a spectacular falling out with the pair, who are now suing on allegations that the weed investors didn’t pay them. St. Fleur, who represented portions of Dorchester and Roxbury for years, and McNamee, the former prosecutor, each claim that company Union Twist owes them more than $242,000 in a combination of lost wages and the interest on them, per a suit filed in Suffolk Superior Court earlier this week. Union Twist made splashy headlines a few years ago when it announced various Boston muckety-mucks, including that pair, would be behind an effort to start selling recreational pot in Allston. Read the res...

Budding business: Weed jobs success story in tight labor market

Some businesses have trimmed their hours, changed the way they serve customers, or hiked wages and sweetened benefits to entice applicants as the pandemic-influenced job market reshapes itself. Pot businesses are among those keeping a “now hiring” sign in the window, but for different reasons than the restaurants, hotels and retailers scrambling to get back to pre-pandemic staffing levels. The challenges that cannabis companies face in hiring differ, too — too many applications in some cases, striving to meet diversity and local job commitments and overcoming the stigma of what for decades was an illegal industry. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Boston Marathon bombing survivor on hope, pain and pot

Published: Oct 21, 2021, 12:32 am • Updated: Oct 21, 2021, 12:33 am By Michelle L’heureux Thousands of spectators will line Boylston Street in Boston on Monday for the running of the Boston Marathon, just like I did on a sunny afternoon in 2013. On that fateful day, my arm and leg were ripped wide open from flying shrapnel from a pressure cooker bomb that was detonated by terrorists at the finish line. I was a victim of terror that day, but I also became a survivor. I survive every day. I survive through painful surgeries and debilitating anxiety. I survive in an effort to help others; people who are suffering like me. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Massachusetts farmers ‘sidelined’ at Worcester dispensary’s farmer’s market say industry equity programs need work

Farmers who say they have been boxed out of the lucrative cannabis industry due to the high costs of entry were confronted by police as they protested a so-called “Cannabis Farmers Market” event at a Worcester dispensary over the weekend. “Farmers aren’t even getting in the parking lot, let alone sitting at the table,” Westport farmer Averyl Andrade said. Andrade and her husband picketed a so-called “Cannabis Farmer’s Market” event at Worcester pot shop Resinate alongside a mother-daughter farming duo Ominique Garner and Goldie Piff of A.V. Rose Farms in Rochester and about a dozen advocates fed up with the barriers barring them from getting into the businesses. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Justin Bieber-branded bud comes to Bay State

If you’ve ever heard Justin Bieber’s song “Peaches,” you know he gets his peaches out in Georgia, and his weed from California. Now, Bay Staters can get Bieber-branded Peaches marijuana in Massachusetts, courtesy of California marijuana brand Palms pre-rolls. “I’m a fan of Palms and what they are doing by making cannabis approachable and helping to destigmatize it – especially for the many people who find it helpful for their mental health,” the pop singer said in a statement. “I wanted to make sure that I was doing something with them that felt genuine, and Peaches felt like a good place to start.” Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Woman pleads guilty to role in pot delivery business

A Massachusetts woman who worked for an unlicensed marijuana delivery company that had millions of dollars in revenue has pleaded guilty, federal prosecutors said Monday. Tatiana Fridkes, who also goes by the name Sonya, 34, of Boston, was sentenced Friday to time served and two years of probation, and was also ordered to pay $82,000 in restitution, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston. Fridkes was the office manager for Northern Herb and helped coordinate finances, marijuana suppliers, marijuana inventory, deliveries, workers and warehouse operations, prosecutors said. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

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.

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