Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Bans Police Stops Solely For Suspected Marijuana

“Permitting police to stop a vehicle based on reasonable suspicion that an occupant possesses marijuana does not serve [the] objectives” of the law change, Justice Margot Botsford wrote for the majority.

MASSACHUSETTS: In a decision hailed by civil rights advocates and supporters of marijuana legalization, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday that police cannot stop motorists solely because they suspect the vehicle’s occupants are in possession of the drug. The Supreme Judicial Court based its 5-2 ruling largely on a measure that voters approved in 2008 that Read the full article…

Demand Soaring At State’s Lone Marijuana Dispensary

In just two months of operation, the state’s first and only medical marijuana dispensary has provided cannabis to 1,500 patients.

MASSACHUSETTS:  The executive director of the state’s first and only medical marijuana dispensary said this week that in just two months of operation, it provided cannabis to 1,500 patients — the first measure of consumer demand for the product in Massachusetts. That dispensary, Alternative Therapies Group in Salem,was granted permission by state regulators on Wednesday Read the full article…

Massachusetts Attorney General OKs Marijuana Ballot Initiatives

Two ballot initiatives were approved by the Massachusetts attorney general on Wednesday, leaving it up to voters to decide whether pot smoking should be legal in the state.

MASSACHUSETTS:  Ballot initiatives from two marijuana advocacy groups were approved by the Massachusetts attorney general on Wednesday, leaving it up to voters to decide whether pot smoking should be legal in the state. The proposals, submitted to State Attorney General Maura Healey by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and the Bay State Repeal, Read the full article…

Massachusetts Marijuana Groups Seek Pot Legalization Vote

The initiatives could become part of a wave of similar measures put before voters in a half-dozen U.S. states in 2016 as pro-marijuana groups follow a strategy that has already legalized the drug in four states plus the District of Columbia.

MASSACHUSETTS: Two marijuana advocacy groups on Wednesday are set to submit proposed ballot initiatives that would allow Massachusetts voters to decide whether to legalize recreational pot smoking in the state. The initiatives could become part of a wave of similar measures put before voters in a half-dozen U.S. states in 2016 as pro-marijuana groups follow Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Coming to Boston

Boston’s first medical marijuana dispensary has had their location approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

WASHINGTON:  “We will be good neighbors.” After two years of bitter controversy over a proposal for Boston’s first medical marijuana dispensary, that’s the promise Patriot Care executive vice president Dennis Kunian made Tuesday – hours after the Zoning Board of Appeals approved their bid to use an ex-bank branch at 21 Milk Street. The location Read the full article…

Lots Of Interest Shown For New Batch Of Marijuana Licenses

More than 50 applications from companies eager to open medical marijuana dispensaries flooded the offices of state regulators this week.

MASSACHUSETTS:  More than 50 applications from companies eager to open medical marijuana dispensaries flooded the offices of state regulators this week, two years after Massachusetts launched its ill-fated licensing process. The submission of so many applications indicated robust interest in the state’s emerging medical marijuana industry. The state had previously licensed 15 dispensaries, with the Read the full article…

Without Dispensaries, Pot Patients Have Few Options

The first medical marijuana dispensary in Nevada is finally set to open in Sparks.

MASSACHUSETTS:  With the first medical marijuana dispensaries yet to open in Massachusetts, patients approved to use cannabis for medical purposes say they’re left with few options. “Generally, I will say patients are experiencing confusion and frustration,” said Jamie Leaver of Sharon, a member of the patient advisory board for the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance. “The Read the full article…

Massachusetts First Legal Marijuana Dispensary Will Open Soon

Salem will be the first US territory where people will be able to find a medical marijuana dispensary.

MASSACHUSETTS:  Patients have been waiting to access marijuana for medical purposes for far too long. There is more debate in the press over the matter, rather than effective measures taken to cover the debates. A considerable number of states across US have passes a law by which marijuana consumption is made legal but few of Read the full article…

Lack Of Cannabis Testing Standards Leads To Compliance Issues in Massachusetts

America is pro-pot

MASSACHUSETTS:  The cannabis industry could reach $35 billion by 2020, according to GreenWave Advisors, if all 50 states legalize marijuana and the federal government ends prohibition. In a less optimistic scenario, the research group still expects revenue to reach about $21 billion assuming 12 states legalize recreational marijuana and 37 legalize medical marijuana. Despite the Read the full article…

Boston Mayor Willing To Lead Charge Against Legalized Marijuana

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he’s more than willing to lead the charge against the legalization of pot in Massachusetts.
Supporters of legalized marijuana are working to put the issue on the ballot for voters to decide in 2016.
Walsh told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Monday that making pot legal would be a “slippery slope.”
“Not everyone that smokes marijuana becomes an addict,” said Walsh, who is a recovering alcoholic. “But most of the folks that I know that are having issues with drugs started with marijuana.”
Four states currently allow for recreational marijuana use, while the Bay State has legalized pot for medicinal purposes only.

MASSACHUSETTS: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he’s more than willing to lead the charge against the legalization of pot in Massachusetts. Supporters of legalized marijuana are working to put the issue on the ballot for voters to decide in 2016. Walsh told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Monday that making pot legal would be a “slippery slope.” “Not everyone Read the full article…