Too Restrictive? Marijuana Labs Raise Concerns About Massachusetts Lead Regulations

The lack of lab standards has led many advocates to work on new legislation and to ensure that a regulated, legalized system would mandate proper standards, something that would carry over to the medical regime.

MASSACHUSETTS:  The state’s first medical marijuana dispensary is expected to open in Salem later this month. But it may not have any actual dried marijuana for sale. The main problem: lead. “To date,  every sample of cannabis that we have tested for heavy metals, particularly lead, would fail the existing regulations ,” said Chris Hudalla, the chief scientific officer Read the full article…

Boston Mayor Willing To Take Lead In Fight Against Marijuana Legalization

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he's willing to take the lead in the effort to fight the legalization of recreational marijuana

MASSACHUSETTS:  Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he’s willing to take the lead in the effort to fight the legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. Walsh, a recovering alcoholic and a passionate advocate for those struggling with drug addiction, tells The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/1I0TGQU) “it would be a mistake to legalize marijuana,” saying people with serious Read the full article…

Woman Fights Medical Marijuana Firing

After being fired for medical marijuana, a Massachusetts woman says state law should protect workers who use medical marijuana with a doctor’s certificate.

MASSACHUSETTS:  Cristina Barbuto was thrilled when she landed her new marketing job last year. Her delight quickly evaporated when she was fired after her first day because a drug test revealed marijuana use. She lost her job even though she’d disclosed during her interview that she takes the drug, with a doctor’s legal permission, to Read the full article…

Massachusetts Overhauls Rules For Medical Marijuana Outlets

A campaign to place an injunction on, and overturn Washington State’s Senate Bill 5052 has raised over $11,000 from 118 people in just one month.

MASSACHUSETTS: Massachusetts health authorities Friday dramatically overhauled the process for granting licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries, aiming to streamline the system and remove politics. Regulators from the administration of Governor Charlie Baker said the revamped licensing strips away the subjectivity and secrecy that had tainted the system under former governor Deval Patrick’s tenure. Controversy surrounding the Read the full article…

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program Faces Deficit Over $1 Million

The state's medical marijuana program is projected to run a $1.17 million deficit in fiscal year 2015 despite a state law requiring the program to pay for itself.

MASSACHUSETTS:  The state’s medical marijuana program is projected to run a $1.17 million deficit in fiscal year 2015 despite a state law requiring the program to pay for itself, according to the program’s annual report. Nichole Snow, deputy director of Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, a medical marijuana patient advocacy group, said the deficit “shows that the Read the full article…

Massachusetts Revamps Medical Marijuana Licensing Process

The Department of Public Health announces a new licensing process for medical marijuana dispensaries.

MASSACHUSETTS:  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Wednesday announced a new licensing process for medical marijuana dispensaries, which will treat them more like any other health care facility. The new process will allow dispensaries to apply for licenses on a rolling basis, and each one will be scored individually. Previously, the state set deadlines Read the full article…

How Would Lifting Of Federal Medical Marijuana Ban Affect Massachusetts?

Easier banking for medical marijuana businesses would be one of the main implications of a repeal of the federal law.

MASSACHUSETTS:  For Robert Mayerson, chief executive officer of Patriot Care Corporation, a medical marijuana company, the basics of setting up a business were not always easy. “The ability to take credit cards, to bank, is challenging,” Mayerson said. Mayerson said some landlords are hesitant to lease space to dispensaries out of concern that the bank Read the full article…

Can Medical Marijuana Curb The Heroin Epidemic?

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MASSACHUSETS:  In 2012 Massachusetts became the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana, though the first 11 dispensaries are not scheduled to open until sometime in the coming year. This situation presents an opportunity to implement sensible, research-based policy. Massachusetts, like many states across the US, has seen a dramatic rise in opioid addition fueled by Read the full article…

Bill Would Let Marijuana Be Sold, Taxed In Massachusetts

Under a new bill, marijuana  in Massachusetts would be taxed and regulated like alcohol

MASSACHUSETTS:  Marijuana would be taxed and regulated like alcohol under a bill being backed by more than a dozen Massachusetts lawmakers. The bill would let adults 21 years or older to possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana. The proposal would also create a regulated system of licensed marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, processing facilities Read the full article…

Study Suggests Medical Marijuana May Do More Harm Than Good For Kids

Four doctors from Boston Children’s Hospital point out that while marijuana’s harmful effects on the developing brain have been well documented, research on pot’s benefits for young patients is practically nonexistent.

MASSACHUSETTS:  The proclaimed benefits of medical marijuana seem to know no bounds. As state governments have finally started to embrace — or at least tolerate — the herb as a legitimate treatment for a range of physical conditions, from glaucoma to Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis, scientists have moved on to examining the drug’s effect Read the full article…