Healey nixes Charlton rule requiring town meeting votes on marijuana contracts

Attorney General Maura Healey.

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Town meeting is no place for contract negotiations with pot businesses, Attorney General Maura Healey ruled Tuesday when she disapproved a Charlton bylaw.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/121518WiggsPot7.jpg Rejected marijuana store sues Salem to stop it from allowing competing shop to advance

The lawsuit, which observers say is the first of its kind in Massachusetts, could test the limits of local governments’ freedom to choose winners and losers in the pot business.

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The store, Northeast Alternatives, will open on Sunday for recreational marijuana sales.

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The company hopes to build a multilevel recreational marijuana shop.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/16/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/vialsframingham1.jpg Marijuana products improperly dumped behind Framingham lab, police say

A marijuana testing lab is under investigation this week after Framingham police accused the lab of improperly throwing hundreds of vials of cannabis products into an unlocked dumpster.

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If you’re acting loopy during a traffic stop and your car smells like pot, police can arrest you for driving under the influence of marijuana.

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Surterra Wellness said the acquisition is considered “one of the largest” in the US cannabis industry.

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2018, file photo, an employee at a medical marijuana cultivator works on topping a marijuana plant, in Eastlake, Ohio. South Carolina lawmakers are once again introducing legislation to legalize marijuana for treatment of critically ill patients in the state, making another go at a debate that has gradually made progress in this deeply red state in recent years. Sen. Tom Davis, a Republican from Beaufort, told The Associated Press that he plans on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2018, to file the Compassionate Care Act in the state Senate. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)

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Advocates, medical dispensaries poised to tussle over delivery, social consumption

Activists now believe there’s only one last chance for meaningful equity in the state’s cannabis industry: reserving delivery and social consumption (pot cafe) licenses exclusively for small, locally-owned businesses and participants in the equity and economic empowerment programs.

Troy Brosnan (left) and Eric Rogers are cofounders of TINC, a startup cannabis brewing company that hopes to open in Georgetown.

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Don’t want to smoke it? Drink it

A pair of entrepreneurs hope to brew cannabis-infused beverages north of Boston in Georgetown.

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“I have some reluctance about it. But I think we can’t not do it with Massachusetts and Connecticut coming on line,” Raimondo told the Globe in an interview at the State House in Providence Tuesday.

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Activists say the case is a “step toward eliminating racial disparities.”

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Vermont Senate leaders say they hope to quickly pass a bill that would create a tax and regulation market for retail marijuana.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/10/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/lee010919greentown1MET.jpg What’s in a name: Marijuana companies hope to break through the haze

As more cannabis businesses emerge in Massachusetts, they face one of the most important tasks of starting up: choosing a name.

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“I think the current situation is untenable and really has to be addressed. It’s almost like a backdoor nullification of federal law,” attorney general nominee William Barr said at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

Maps & Resources

Are recreational marijuana shops preparing to open in your town? Check our maps

Data released by the Cannabis Control Commission show where marijuana operators have set up shop and where they hope to.

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A review of local restrictions heightens concerns that the early adult-use pot market will be smaller than many consumers expected.

Globe Magazine

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From ganja-friendly getaways to weed-enhanced yoga, a look at the new pot leisure economy.

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