NEW YORK (AP) — To anyone who figured the path of legalizing recreational marijuana use ran along blue state-red state lines, a sudden setback for pot advocates in New Jersey may show the issue isn’t so black-and-white.Leaders in solidly-blue New Jersey are vowing it will still join the 10 states that have legalized the drug.…

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By Kristin LaFratta | kristin.lafratta@masslive.com In step with a statewide initiative, the city of Boston wants the profitable cannabis industry to benefit those who suffered from the drug’s many years of prohibition.But as Boston City Councilors debate how to fairly regulate the new marijuana industry and support “economic empowerment applicants,” local marijuana entrepreneurs say years…

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By Shira Schoenberg | sschoenberg@repub.com A federal court case that had threatened to upend Massachusetts’ marijuana industry has been settled out of court.The case was essentially a neighborhood dispute over a Cambridge medical marijuana dispensary.Neighbors of the Harvard Square medical marijuana dispensary Healthy Pharms, who were led by Crimson Galeria, sued the dispensary. They used…

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By Peter Goonan | pgoonan@repub.com SPRINGFIELD — The state Cannabis Control Commission heard pleas Tuesday to reduce red tape and fees for new businesses, expand opportunities for minorities and women, and reduce product costs.The five-member commission conducted a listening session at Western New England University Blake Law Center’s Moot Court Room as it weighs potential…

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As the greater Boston area prepares for its first recreational pot shop — slated to open soon in Brookline — some marijuana advocates argue that the licensing process has been too slow. The Brookline store will be the 11th recreational marijuana business in the state since the first one opened in November.The problem, advocates say,…

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By Michelle Williams | Michelle.Williams@MassLive.com Two more recreational marijuana shops may soon be open in Massachusetts, including one just outside of Boston.The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission will vote on the applications of two recreational marijuana retail locations during the commission’s meeting on Thursday.The applications are for New England Treatment Access on Washington Street in Brookline…

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By Shira Schoenberg | sschoenberg@repub.com The Cannabis Control Commission has been brainstorming ideas to improve the landscape for “social equity” marijuana businesses, those that will help communities disproportionately affected by enforcement of marijuana laws.The latest idea, courtesy of the Cannabis Advisory Board: withholding local tax money generated by the marijuana industry from cities and towns…

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By Christopher Gavin February 21, 2019 When the Boston Freedom Rally takes to Boston Common this fall for its 30th year, the popular marijuana education and advocacy festivities will no longer be a three-day affair, city officials say.Following a multitude of complaints about trash, noise, and damage to the rally’s yearly home at the historic…

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By Shira Schoenberg | sschoenberg@repub.com An advocacy group for medical marijuana patients is pushing the state to eliminate its requirement that medical marijuana dispensaries grow their own marijuana.Michael Latulippe, of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, said he thinks the medical program should be brought in line with requirements for the state’s newly legal recreational market,…

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