1st Legal Marijuana Stores Are Open in Massachusetts

After years of preparation and debate, legal marijuana is now a reality in Massachusetts.

Any adult can walk into a store, pay cash and walk out with a joint, which they can smoke, legally, in their home.

But the roll-out of the first marijuana stores is only the beginning. In the coming year, marijuana entrepreneurs and regulators will face a host of challenges, from enabling small businesses to enter the market to writing regulations for marijuana cafes to figuring out how to address drugged driving. Continue reading “1st Legal Marijuana Stores Are Open in Massachusetts”

Recreational Marijuana Sales to Begin in Massachusetts Tuesday

The first two retail marijuana shops in Massachusetts are set to begin selling products to the public Tuesday, marking the first time recreational pot will be sold east of the Mississippi.

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has given the green light to Cultivate Holdings, LLC, which has a retail shop in Leicester, and New England Treatment Access (NETA) LLC, which is readying a store in Northampton, to start selling marijuana and marijuana products. Continue reading “Recreational Marijuana Sales to Begin in Massachusetts Tuesday”

MMJ Dispensary In Massachusetts Receives First License To Sell Recreational Cannabis

Massachusetts hit another milestone in its era of legalized marijuana: State regulators granted Cultivate a license to sell recreational marijuana at the company’s existing medical marijuana dispensary in Leicester.

The five-member Cannabis Control Commission unanimously voted to grant the retail license to Cultivate Holdings, Inc., which operates the first medical marijuana dispensary in Worcester County. Continue reading “MMJ Dispensary In Massachusetts Receives First License To Sell Recreational Cannabis”

Massachusetts Promises Crackdown on Marijuana DUIs

Massachusetts officials promised a crackdown Thursday on marijuana-impaired driving as the state prepared for full implementation of the voter-approved law legalizing adult use of recreational pot.

State police said they were increasing the number of officers with special training in detecting whether motorists are under the influence of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. Continue reading “Massachusetts Promises Crackdown on Marijuana DUIs”

Some Massachusetts Towns Are Pushing Back Against Marijuana Shops

A number of cities and towns are exploring ways to limit or even snuff out marijuana shops in their communities, less than a week after voters legalized the drug for recreational use in Massachusetts. Continue reading “Some Massachusetts Towns Are Pushing Back Against Marijuana Shops”

California, Massachusetts and Nevada Legalize Recreational Marijuana as We Still Wait for More Results

On election day, voters in five states were asked to decide whether the recreational use of marijuana should be legalized and so far, three have said yes. Official results have yet to come in for Maine and Arizona. Continue reading “California, Massachusetts and Nevada Legalize Recreational Marijuana as We Still Wait for More Results”