Connecticut approves 9 more medical marijuana dispensaries

Connecticut has approved 9 more medical marijuana dispensaries, doubling the number of facilities in the state.

FILE - In this March 25, 2018 file photo, a visitor examines a marijuana sample at the New England Cannabis Convention in Boston. Three New England states legalized recreational marijuana, but there is still no place to buy pot legally in the region. Sunday, July 1, 2018, had been the target date to open pot shops in Massachusetts, but no retail licenses have yet been awarded. Possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana becomes legal in Vermont that day, but the law has no provisions for retail sales. Pot shops aren't expected in Maine until 2019 at earliest. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Vermont governor’s marijuana panel holds final meeting before report

A Vermont commission looking at issues of public health, safety, and the taxation and regulation of marijuana if sales were to become legal is holding its final meeting.

Springfield Y staffer threatens to report parents who smell like pot to DCF

The Greater Springfield YMCA apologized to its members after a letter threatening to call the authorities on parents who smell like marijuana drew a backlash.

Salem, MA - 12/11/2018 - Alternative Therapies Group, the state's third recreational pot shop is opening in Salem on Saturday. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Metro, Reporter: Daniel Adams, Topic: 12potshop, LOID: 8.4.4106552210.

Third Mass. marijuana store set to open in Salem

Alternative Therapies Group will begin recreational sales — by appointment only — on Saturday morning.

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Sober drivers, safe travels urged in new state ad campaign

A safe driving campaign is the first since retail stores began selling recreational marijuana in Massaschusetts.

Opinion | Martin J. Walsh

Setting a new standard for retail pot stores in Boston

Barriers remain to ownership opportunities for entrepreneurs from local communities of color.

Mass. medical marijuana program to be overseen by Cannabis Control Commission

The Massachusetts medical marijuana program will transfer hands from one state agency to another later this month.

Progressives in Conn. optimistic they can pass legal pot, other bills

Progressive Connecticut lawmakers say their chances have improved to finally enact legalized recreational use of marijuana for adults in next year’s legislative session.

Maine’s marijuana advisory commission adds more members

An assistant attorney general and a longtime member of Maine’s former alcohol enforcement bureau will join the state’s new commission on marijuana.

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FILE - In this April 20, 2018 file photo, an attendee celebrates at 4:20 p.m. by lighting up marijuana during the Mile High 420 Festival in Denver. Officials in Colorado's largest city say they are working on a plan to clear thousands of marijuana convictions prosecuted before its use became legal in the state. A spokeswoman for Denver's mayor said city officials are working with the local district attorney's office to determine the right approach. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

With pot sales underway, state banking on wave of new tax money

State revenue officials are still forecasting that Massachusetts will take in between $44 million and $82 million in marijuana taxes this fiscal year.

A marijuana plant in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Marijuana consumers spent $2.6 million in second week of Mass. recreational pot sales

In the second week of recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts, customers spent $2.6 million on marijuana products.

11/29/2018 Leicester Ma- Sue Annis (cq) age 87, stands in line, at Cultivate, a cannabis dispensary in Leicester.She was looking to buy CBD Gummies, but the dispensary didn't have any to sell. Jonathan Wiggs /Globe Staff Reporter:Topic:

‘One of the best days of my life’: In wind and cold, Leicester marijuana shop continues to draw in crowds

Sue Annis came to Cultivate for CBD gummies and left empty-handed. But she said it was one of the best days of her life.

People line up on the opening day of sales of Marijuana to the general public at New England Treatment Access (NETA) in Northampton, Massachusetts on November 20, 2018. (Photo by Joseph PREZIOSO / AFP)JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images

Editorial

Boston should stop dragging its feet on marijuana shops

With two marijuana stores opened in Central in Western Mass., Bostonians are asking, “What about us?”

Jen Borgstedte, 29, of Pawtucket , looked at the opening menu of Cultivate in Leicester.

Healey rejects several local moratoriums on marijuana businesses

Three towns that tried to extend their freezes on pot businesses into 2019 were rebuffed by the Attorney General’s office.

Boston Smoke Shop’s Francine Whu, a Newbury Street shop operator, said no landlord in Newton Centre would give her space.

Smoke shops are booming, but they’re not always welcome

With recreational marijuana now legal in Mass. and vaping becoming a booming global business, the counterculture staples of college towns are expanding quickly.

In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo, a worker holds a marijuana plant leaf in a massive tomato greenhouse being renovated to grow pot in Delta, British Columbia, that is operated by Pure Sunfarms, a joint venture between tomato grower Village Farms International, and a licensed medical marijuana producer, Emerald Health Therapeutics. On Oct. 17, 2018, Canada will become the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

MARIJUANA MOMENT

Rhode Island Republican House leader embraces marijuana legalization

In an interview with The Public’s Radio, Minority Leader Blake Filippi was asked to weigh in on Massachusetts’ adult-use cannabis program and said he believes “it should be legal.”

Boston Mayor Martin

Here’s where the first recreational marijuana shop in Boston will ‘probably’ open, according to Marty Walsh

“We’ll get it done.”

Leicester, MA, 11/20/2018 -- People stretch around the Cultivate building 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:

Why are Instagram and Facebook shutting down these Massachusetts marijuana dispensaries’ accounts?

At least six dispensaries, including the first two shops licensed to sell the drug for recreational use, had their accounts disabled for violating the social media platform’s terms of use.

Are recreational marijuana companies preparing to open in your community? Check our maps

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

Cultivate, a marijuana store in Leicester, is vowing to improve its operations after nearby residents complained about traffic and crowds of cannabis consumers taking over the surrounding neighborhood.

Leicester pot shop vows improvements after resident backlash

Cultivate said it has added portable toilets and more parking spaces after complaints by neighbors.

Jennifer DePerrio, 45, of Jefferson, laughed as she waited in line at the opening of Cultivate on Nov. 20.

Customers spent more than $2 million in first week of Mass. recreational marijuana sales

The first two recreational pot shops on the East Coast made a total of $2,217,621.13 between Nov. 20 and Nov. 25.

Breezy Gardens sells Christmas trees and wreaths during the holiday season.

For one Leicester farm, the pot shop is standing in the way of Christmas sales

If Nov. 20 had been a normal day for the farm, there may have been about 25 Christmas trees sold. Instead, there were two.

Leicester, Ma., 11/26/2018, Traffic backs up on Main Street as cars wait in line to get to a parking lot and then get on a shuttle bus to ride to Cultivate to buy recreational legal marijuana. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Leicester holding emergency meeting to address pot shop traffic

Officials want to figure out how to handle the traffic that has swarmed the small town in the days since Cultivate opened for recreational marijuana sales.

Crowds have flocked to the state’s first two recreational marijuana retailers. It likely will be months before any such shops open up in Boston.

Marijuana stores are open in Mass. Now what?

More marijuana retailers are in the licensing pipeline, but don’t expect shops in Boston any time soon.

A customer looked through a menu at the opening of Cultivate on Tuesday.

Long lines greet cannabis customers on first Saturday of legal recreational sales

Customers continued Saturday to endure long waits at the state’s only two stores authorized to sell legal cannabis.

Shatter has had the “impurities” of the wax removed, and has a hard, glassy texture that can “shatter.”

Marijuana menus, explained

You skimmed the online menus of marijuana products available at the state’s first two recreational shops, and you’re eager to find out what all the hype is about. Check out this breakdown of some of the products offered at these two adult-use shops.

Of recreational marijuana, Ramon Aldoyn said, “The people want it, the people demand it, and the people use it.”

Why they came: Customers flock to East Coast’s first marijuana stores

One man bought at a store but said he’ll also buy on the black market due to legal weed’s high prices.

People waited in line for the opening of Cultivate.

Recreational marijuana sales begin in Massachusetts, first on the East Coast

Massachusetts’ first two recreational marijuana dispensaries opened to long lines and lots of buzz.

Dave Mech, aka

‘Potsquatch’ shows up for first day of recreational pot sales

Dave Mech, the man in the costume, is known for cropping up at opportune moments.

FILE - In this May 24, 2018, file photo, a marijuana plant is shown in Oregon. Rampant overproduction in Oregon's market for legal, recreational marijuana has produced a 50 percent drop in prices, according to state economists. That widely documented collapse has been tough on farmers and retailers, but a boon for consumers. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

STAT | Joe Kennedy III

It’s time to legalize marijuana at the federal level

Our federal government has ceded its responsibility — and authority — to thoughtfully regulate marijuana. This needs to change.

Representative Joseph Kennedy III.

In reversal, Representative Joe Kennedy calls for marijuana legalization nationwide

Kennedy’s change of heart comes in an opinion piece for STAT News on the same day that recreational marijuana sales began for the first time in Massachusetts.

Marijuana plants inside a flowering room at a Fitchburg clinic.

Editorial

4 lessons from the Mass. marijuana law roll-out

More than two years after Massachusetts voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use, the first two stores are finally set to open. What could the state done differently to get here?

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:

Scenes from the openings of the first recreational pot shops in Mass.

The two-year wait for recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts is over.

Leicester, MA, 11/20/2018 -- A customer looks through a menu 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:

Here are the menus at Massachusetts’ first 2 recreational marijuana dispensaries

Cultivate in Leicester and NETA in Northampton are open.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 8, 2018 the Uber logo is seen at the second annual Uber Elevate Summit, at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, California. - Ride-share company Uber on November 14, 2018, said that its net loss topped a billion dollars in the recently ended quarter as it pumped money into bikes, scooters, freight and food delivery. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Uber, MADD sending marijuana alert Tuesday

“If you are under the influence of any substance, make the right choice and don’t get behind the wheel,” reads the e-mail.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 photo a humidity indicator rests in a bowl of a strain of cannabis called

NEWTON

Newton forum to address health effects of marijuana

Residents who want to know more about marijuana can attend a public session with experts on the subject.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 photo a humidity indicator rests in a bowl of a strain of cannabis called

Here’s a look at the first two Massachusetts marijuana stores

History will be made on Tuesday as Massachusetts’ first two recreational marijuana shops open, marking the first legal sale of recreational pot on the East Coast.

State officials warn drivers: Don’t get high on pot and drive

Authorities are urging travelers to separate their cannabis from their travel plans this holiday season.

Employees Nick Jarrin (left) and Kaylee Castell at Cultivate Holdings in Leicester.

Recreational pot shops prepare for thousands on opening day

The two-year wait for recreational marijuana sales in Mass. ends on Tuesday when the first shops, located in Leicester and Northampton, open at 8 a.m.

Rolls of hay in a field at a hay farm in Concord are covered in snow after a snowstorm last week.

Going to opening day of Mass. pot shops? Prepare to stand in rain and snow

Bundle up and prepare for a wintry, wet mix on Tuesday.

Stephen Mandile, an Iraq war veteran from Uxbridge, will be the first recreational marijuana customer at Cultivate in Leicester.

Meet the first legal recreational marijuana customers in Massachusetts: a pair of veterans

Iraq veteran and medical marijuana advocate Stephen Mandile and Northampton Mayor and Air Force veteran David Narkewicz will make the legal pot purchases on Tuesday.

Above: Double Dutch Soda medical marijuana at Cultivate Holdings in Leicester. The medical marijuana dispensary will start offering recreational sales Tuesday.

Massachusetts marijuana stores to open Tuesday

The Cannabis Control Commission has issued “commence full operations” notices to pot shops in Leicester and Northampton.

Northampton, MA - 11/09/2018- ] Jake Moriarty, a Patient Service Associate a.k.a.

Marijuana 101: What you need to know about pot

A marijuana guide for rookies: Where can you smoke? Can you travel with pot? What if your pet gets to it?

Chief James Hurley spoke to reporters in the Leicester Police station house. Leicester, a small rural town next to Worcester, is set to take center stage in a matter of days as the location for one of the state's first recreational pot shops.

LEICESTER

A small suburb west of Worcester prepares for a pot pilgrimage

Local officials and residents are preparing for an unusual pilgrimage the likes of which Leicester has never seen.

Sixth District Congressman Seth Moulton.

Moulton legislation would push VA on medical marijuana for veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs has long shied away from cannabis, even as more and more veterans turn to the drug for treatment. Representative Seth Moulton wants to change that.

Worker Emma Caron, of Hopedale, Mass., hands only, weighs and crowns pre-rolls, medicinal cannabis cigarettes, Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Sira Naturals medical marijuana cultivation facility, in Milford, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

THIS WEEK IN WEED

Somerville moves on equity for marijuana businesses

Somerville’s Board of Aldermen on Thursday unanimously passed a dramatic equity ordinance.

“I’ll take one marijuana, please.” Here’s how to avoid having to ask embarrassing questions at the new recreational pot stores.

Massachusetts marijuana shopping for rookies: Answers to your questions

How do I pay? What do I need to bring? What happens when I walk in? With recreational pot sales just days away in Massachusetts, here’s what you need to know.

An attendant holds a mason jar of marijuana at the Far West Holistic Center dispensary, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Detroit. Michigan voters have made their state the first in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana. Voters passed a ballot measure Tuesday that will allow people 21 or older to use the drug. North Dakota voters decided recreational pot wasn't for them, Missouri voters passed one of three unrelated measures legalizing medical marijuana and voters in Utah were also considering a medical marijuana proposal. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Connecticut adds 31st condition to medical marijuana program

A new condition can now be treated with medical marijuana in Connecticut.

Leicester, MA., 11/07/2018 This is a the medical marijuana shop Cultivate Holdings. This is one of the first pot shops set to start selling recreational marijuana. It currently sells medical marijuana. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Photo Gallery

Take a look inside one of Massachusetts’ first recreational marijuana shops

Cultivate is set to become one of the first shops to open for recreational sales in Massachusetts. The Globe got a look inside the business.

Leicester, MA., 11/07/2018 Double Dutch Soda medical marijuana at Cultivate Holdings. This is one of the first pot shops set to start selling recreational marijuana. It currently sells medical marijuana. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Marijuana sales likely days away after regulators OK labs

State marijuana regulators issued “commence full operations” notices to labs in Salem and Framingham.