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

MMJ reduces opioid use

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…

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…