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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.

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.

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 delivery in Massachusetts offers wiggle room for owners, community

Published: Dec 1, 2020, 6:51 am • Updated: Dec 1, 2020, 6:52 am By Boston Herald Editorial Staff When selling marijuana became a legitimate business in Massachusetts, it was seen as a welcome opportunity for entrepreneurs. But any industry needs to innovate and adapt if wants to grow, and the marijuana enterprise is no different. On Monday, the Cannabis Control Commission gave the high sign to new regulations that will allow for home delivery businesses. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Massachusetts cannabis retailers vow to fight marijuana delivery regulations poised for passage Monday

Massachusetts cannabis retailers have vowed a fight over controversial new marijuana delivery rules that regulators are expected to pass on Monday, which prioritize minority applicants and would enable courier companies to buy and sell marijuana wholesale without a brick-and-mortar business. “We’re not holding breath — it’s a done deal. Tomorrow is a mere formality at this point,” said David Torrisi, president of the Commonwealth Dispensary Association. “But we’ll be looking at legislative and legal action. Our fight does not end tomorrow.” The Cannabis Control Commission on Monday is set to vote on a set of draft regulations for recreational marijuana that include two license categories for delivery. The regulations will be a first for recreational pot, but delivery is already allowed for...

Maine joins Massachusetts, opening doors to recreational pot sales

Published: Oct 11, 2020, 2:31 pm • Updated: Oct 11, 2020, 2:32 pm By Associated Press SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Mainers got their first opportunity to legally buy marijuana for recreational use, but a supply shortage was a potential buzzkill. Retailers blame the pandemic and a limited number of licensed manufacturers for reducing the variety of products available. Licenses were issued only a month ago, causing retailers to scramble to stock their shelves. That didn’t deter shoppers. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Methadone Mile busts: Boston Police arrest 7, recover illegal drugs

Published: Oct 5, 2020, 7:18 pm • Updated: Oct 5, 2020, 7:20 pm By Rick Sobey Police over the last week have arrested seven alleged drug dealers in the Methadone Mile area and helped more than 25 alleged buyers seek treatment for their drug addictions, the department announced on Monday. Officers over the past six weeks have identified several people who are known to sell drugs in the Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard area, police said. The weekslong drug investigation resulted in seven arrests and the recovery of a significant amount of drugs in the Methadone Mile area. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Pot shop a no-go in Quincy Market after landlord’s cease and desist

Plans for a pot shop in Quincy Market are on hold for now after the property management firm for the popular downtown tourist destination issued a cease and desist letter for the cannabis retailer, city officials confirmed. The city’s Office a Neighborhood Services canceled a community meeting for Redemption Cannabis after Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation, which handles the leases for Faneuil Hall Marketplace, informed officials it intended to issue a cease and desist letter to the applicant regarding the proposed use, a spokeswoman for Mayor Martin Walsh’s office said. There’s still hope for a cannabis retailer at the site, though. Officials said if the issues between Ashkanazy and Redemption Cannabis are resolved, the marijuana retailer can try again and move forward with the community ...

Reaction mixed to pot shop proposed in Roxbury’s Nubian Square

Many people in Roxbury on Tuesday said they would welcome a proposed recreational marijuana dispensary in Nubian Square, even as the head of a neighborhood group said a “drug den” would not help to revitalize the community. Rooted in Roxbury, a Black-owned business, wants to open its store in the predominantly Black neighborhood, where several store fronts stand empty. “Before cannabis was legalized in Massachusetts, it was here, and it was unsafe because you didn’t know what it was laced with when you were buying it on the street,” Brian Keith, one of the company’s four owners, said. “We’re offering a safe alternative.” Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

DA: Teen allegedly high on marijuana charged in Natick hit-and-run

A 17-year-old boy who fled after allegedly mowing down two pedestrians in an Aug. 18 Natick crash was driving high on marijuana, authorities said. The teenager, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was reportedly operating a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck on Washington Avenue in the area of Summer Street shortly before 6:30 p.m. when he struck a Natick couple on the sidewalk and fled the scene, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Natick Police Chief James Hicks said in a joint statement Tuesday. One of the victims, Brian Colbert, 39, has been discharged from the hospital and continues his painful recovery from home, but his wife, Kim Gunner, 51, is still in the intensive care unit after seven surgeries at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, with more surgeries to com...

Annual pro-marijuana event again postponed

Published: Aug 31, 2020, 7:27 am • Updated: Aug 31, 2020, 7:27 am By Associated Press GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — An annual pro-marijuana event in western Massachusetts that attracts thousands of people has again been postponed, this time until next year. Organizers of Extravaganja tell The Daily Hampshire Gazette the ongoing coronavirus pandemic prompted them to put off this year’s festival until next April 17. The postponement, organizers wrote in an announcement, is to “allow for more time for organizing, planning and preparing for Extravaganja 2021.” Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.