By Shira Schoenberg | sschoenberg@repub.com Should all marijuana delivery trucks be required to have a video system in the driver and storage areas? Should drivers be required to wear body cameras to record deliveries? Should delivery be limited only to cities and towns that allow marijuana businesses?These are some of the tricky questions the Cannabis…

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Despite a well-intentioned social equity program in Massachusetts that aims to provide a pathway into the cannabis industry for victims of the war on drugs, few have jumped at the opportunity.Only five entrepreneurs have turned in business license applications, though 123 permits are up for grabs, according to Masslive.com.The situation may reflect the high barriers…

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin says his office is planning to crack down on what he said is the growing number of Massachusetts-based businesses raising money from marijuana-related investments.The Democrat said Wednesday that his office has seen an uptick in marijuana-related fraud cases.Galvin said those engaging in fraud may exploit high-profile…

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Dozens of cannabis advocates rallied at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday to refute a public health group’s criticisms of the state’s newly regulated marijuana industry.The crowd held signs that read: “Weed’s not new,” “Empower our communities,” and “Cannabis equity is non-negotiable.” The audience cheered as researchers, clinicians, a state regulator, and people harmed by…

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By Jim Kinney | jkinney@repub.com and Shira Schoenberg | sschoenberg@repub.com The state’s Cannabis Control Commission approved Thursday the sale of New England Treatment Access, NETA, and its marijuana shops in Northampton and Brookline to a deep-pocketed national operator in the nation’s fledgling recreational marijuana industry.The unanimous vote came during a regular monthly meeting of the…

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DENVER (AP) — Sales of adult-use marijuana in Massachusetts have reached nearly $140 million through the end of May. Marijuana Business Daily reports that sales continue to rise through six months of operations following a November 2018 launch. Massachusetts was the first Eastern seaboard state to legalize recreational use and retailers were expected to benefit…

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By George Graham | Special to The Republican Some Massachusetts veterinarians warn they are seeing increasing numbers of dogs suffering from THC intoxication, mostly by getting into their owners’ marijuana edibles, following the state’s legalization of recreational pot last November.“It’s increasing in prevalence because there is a lot more use of edibles now,” said Dr.…

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By Shira Schoenberg | sschoenberg@repub.com Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker led a dozen governors in signing a letter urging Congress to lift the federal ban on marijuana and allow states to craft their own marijuana laws.Massachusetts legalized medical marijuana in 2012 and recreational marijuana in 2016. But the continuing federal ban leads to difficulties in the…

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It’s now been more than six months since sales of legal recreational marijuana began in Massachusetts. The chairman of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission, Steve Hoffman, spoke with WGBH All Things Considered anchor Barbara Howard about the legal pot industry. This transcript has been edited for clarity.Barbara Howard: You’re in charge of licensing marijuana businesses.…

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