So far, legalizing pot isn’t paying off in Massachusetts

Leicester, MA, 11/19/2018 -- Brittani Beeso, 23, of Worcester purchases marijuana at the opening of Cultivate, one of the state's first two pot shops. This the first day the store can sell recreational marijuana to adults 21 and older. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 21potopen Reporter:

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Three months in to recreational pot sales, Massachusetts’ marijuana stores had sold less per resident than those in Nevada, Colorado, and California, according to a Globe analysis.


// US Postal Service issues advisory on mailing hemp-derived CBD

The US Postal Service quietly issued an advisory earlier this month clarifying rules around mailing cannabis preparations, saying that “some CBD products derived from industrial hemp can be mailable under specific conditions.”

// Connecticut judge rejects motion to dismiss medical marijuana lawsuit

A Connecticut man who sued after his application to become a firefighter in the state’s largest city was rejected because he uses medical marijuana will have his day in court.

// Castleton University in Vermont to offer cannabis studies certification

A Vermont university plans to offer a cannabis studies program for students starting this summer.

An exterior view of New England Treatment Access in Brookline.

Brookline recreational marijuana shop to open next Saturday

Greater Boston’s first recreational marijuana shop received approval from the state Friday to open its doors to the public next week.


// State judge: CCC lacks power over contents of local marijuana contracts

Essex County Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley has agreed that state law does not grant the commission explicit power to review host community agreements.


// Trump budget proposes loosening D.C. marijuana legalization restrictions

The budget request proposes scaling back restrictive language that has prevented the District of Columbia from spending money to legalize and regulate the sale of recreational marijuana.

// Baker pushes bill to combat marijuana-impaired driving

Governor Charlie Baker on Thursday urged lawmakers to pass his bill aimed at cracking down on stoned drivers as more recreational marijuana stores open around the state.

// NJ lawmakers advance bill to legalize recreational marijuana

New Jersey took a step Monday toward legalizing recreational marijuana.

-- PHOTO MOVED IN ADVANCE AND NOT FOR USE - ONLINE OR IN PRINT - BEFORE APRIL 2, 2017. -- Plants in a grow room at ErmontÕs medical marijuana dispensary in Quincy, Mass., March 29, 2017. Across the country, the booming medical marijuana sector is putting use to dilapidated warehouses and industrial buildings like this one, reshaping blighted neighborhoods and sending property values soaring. (Adam Glanzman/The New York Times)

Adam Glanzman/The New York Times

Poll: Support rises in all age groups for legal pot

A growing majority of Americans say marijuana should be legal, underscoring a national shift as more states embrace cannabis for medical or recreational use.

// Smoking strong pot daily raises psychosis risk, study finds

Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times, according to the biggest-ever study to examine the impact of pot on psychotic disorder rates.

// Marijuana treatment could act as ‘sexual enhancement’

A Worcester startup is working with a Los Angeles urologist who oversaw clinical trials of Viagra and Cialis on a new product that they hope could help women’s sex lives.

// School officials don’t want pot part of New York budget

Education advocates are urging New York lawmakers to leave the discussion of recreational marijuana out of the state budget process.

// Florida governor signs smokable medical pot bill into law

Florida’s ban on the use of smokable medical marijuana by eligible patients ended Monday when Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill repealing it.

// Nevada lawmakers hear bill to seal low-level pot convictions

Supporters of a bill seeking to streamline the sealing of low-level marijuana convictions told Nevada lawmakers it will help people move forward with their lives.

// Police sued over bulldozer death of pot suspect in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Police acted recklessly when troopers used a bulldozer to pursue a Grateful Dead fan caught growing marijuana on public land, killing him when he wound up under the machine’s treads.

// Cannabis has young voters flocking to this Israeli right-winger

Call it a grass-roots movement.

Darci Marriott/Globe Staff

All 2020 presidential candidates now support marijuana legalization efforts — even the Republicans

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.

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.

// Pot shops face bans in most of Mass.

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

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// 6 marijuana-infused things to do in New England

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


FILE - This Sept. 11, 2018 file photo shows a marijuana plant in the coastal mountain range of San Luis Obispo, Calif. A group of Democratic state lawmakers are proposing major tax cuts for the marijuana industry to jump-start's California's sluggish legal marketplace. The bill Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Oakland and others introduced Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 would for the next three years eliminate the state's $148 per pound cultivation tax and reduce the state's 15 percent excise tax on retail sales to 11 percent. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

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