The hidden titans of pot

Massachusetts legalized the sale of recreational marijuana with the ambition to be different — and better. But two years since the law went into effect, troubling signs loom. This three-part series uncovers stealth moves by large investors poised to dominate this nascent industry and outmaneuver regulators.
Part 1

These companies test the limits — and brag about it

No firm is allowed to own or control more than three recreational marijuana stores. But two companies — Sea Hunter and Acreage — are testing the limits.
Part 2

Inside one battle that could change the marijuana industry

The race to open Mattapan Square’s first pot shop raises questions about trust and who gets to cash in.
Part 3

For sale in the pot industry: political influence

Marijuana may be the hot, new retail business in town, but it largely plays by the old political rules.

‘There’s light at the end of the tunnel,’ says Maine marijuana regulator, as businesses lose patience

Two and a half years after Maine voters legalized marijuana, industry leaders say they are tired of debating policy, and just want to get started. an hour ago
Maine is finally moving ahead with recreational marijuana — and Mainers will be the first to profit

Cannabis commission approves change in marijuana company ownership

State cannabis regulators unanimously approved the first large-scale change in ownership of a marijuana company after a vote on the matter had been postponed last week. 38 minutes ago

Mass. Senate rejects marijuana loan proposal for social equity applicants

Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz said the loans were vital to meet the Legislature’s own goals for the state’s cannabis industry to be diverse and inclusive.

Former Patriot Chris Long says he used marijuana on a ‘regular basis’ during his NFL career

The former defensive end said this week he used marijuana regularly throughout his NFL career and that he hopes the league will move toward allowing players to use the drug, particularly for pain management.

New England

Here’s what you need to know about shopping at Newton’s first recreational marijuana shop

Garden Remedies in Newton will start recreational marijuana sales Saturday on an appointment-only basis.

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Bill Clinton “didn’t inhale” marijuana, and it was Obama’s “mistake,” but now all 12 official Democratic candidates told the Globe they support full nationwide legalization, Canada-style.