Chris Caesar

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Salem marijuana shop hits snag with recreational sales

Alternative Therapies Group in Salem - the third recreational dispensary to open in Massachusetts - announced last week that it was temporarily out of stock, and would only service card-carrying medical marijuana patients for the time being. Even those who already scheduled appointments for a...

Monday, February 25, 2019, 1:32 PM

Why marijuana beverages are going mainstream

Potent edibles already make up about half of the recreational cannabis market in states like Washington and Oregon, but many investors and cannabis fans are convinced that this number will only continue to grow as a new trend takes hold: drinking your weed. Last September, analysts at Canaccord...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 9:49 AM

Changes may be coming to Massachusetts' driving while high on marijuana laws

Fresh on the heels of a 497-page report written by the state Cannabis Control Commission’s special commission on OUIs, Gov. Charlie Baker introduced a bill that would enact several changes to state law on driving while high endorsed by the board — some of which are strongly contested by...

Monday, January 28, 2019, 12:43 PM

When will the first recreational marijuana Boston store open?

Big recreational marijuana Boston news alert, folks: while there are reasons to manage your expectations, we're pleased to announced that residents in the Hub finally have something to get excited about on the recreational marijuana front. When will the first recreational marijuana Boston...

Monday, January 21, 2019, 11:53 AM

Is recreational marijuana delivery legal in Massachusetts?

It’s a tale as old as smoking pot itself: whether it’s making an appointment, standing in line, and catching glares from a security guard at a dispensary; or tediously waiting while your pain-in-the-butt friend “just gets to a save point” in his Xbox session — scoring...

Monday, January 14, 2019, 12:56 PM

What to expect from recreational marijuana in 2019

No doubt about it, 2018 wasn’t the best year. However, it was pretty cool to see Massachusetts finally open its first recreational marijuana dispensaries, and those developments are giving us some hope for even brighter horizons in 2019. Here are some recreational marijuana 2019 developments...

Friday, January 11, 2019, 3:19 PM

Gifts for stoners: 6 ideas for your favorite marijuana enthusiast

It was a big year for marijuana in 2018, with the sticky plant becoming more mainstream than ever before. So what do you get for the stoner in your life who’s probably already seen it all? Weed’s come a long way from glass bowls and joints, with game-changing innovations that can take...

Thursday, December 20, 2018, 10:58 AM

5 things you need to know about Salem's Alternative Therapies Group

If the ghosts, goblins and ghouls of Salem weren’t already freaking you out, now there’s another way to get paranoid in Witch City. Alternative Therapies Group, the third dispensary to offer recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, opened its doors to the public Saturday, reportedly...

Monday, December 17, 2018, 12:29 PM

5 reasons why you should keep your medical marijuana card

With hours-long lines reported at the opening of the state’s first two recreational marijuana dispensaries, it may seem that the state’s medical marijuana industry is about to go the way of the dodo — or at least metal pipes. Though there are a number of challenges and possible...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 4:42 PM

Woman raises cash online to buy “I Voted” stickers for her city

Medford residents will now receive “I Voted!” stickers when they leave the polls this November, thanks to a new resident and her efforts to raise money for themon Kickstarter.Kristin Cantu said she was voting in this year’s presidential primary when she asked a poll worker for the sticker and was...

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 4:19 AM

Two face charges in LGBT newspaper box explosion

Two New Hampshire men have been charged in connection with an incendiary devicethat exploded inside a newspaper box containing copies of a LGBT newspaper last August in Salem.John Richard, 23, of Hollis, and Lawrence Cilman, 20, of Milford, are expected to be charged with malicious or wanton...

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 1:24 AM

Registered sex offender charged with raping teen in cemetery

A registered sex offender is being held on $1 million bail and faces charges accusing him of raping a 14-year-old girl in a cemetery.Charles P. Lovejoy, 31, of Lowell, was arrested Monday after officers said his car was seen leaving a cemetery in Whitman just after 1:30 a.m. Police ran the plate,...

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 12:08 AM

Free bouquets of flowers in Downtown Crossing Wednesday

Looks like Downtown Crossing will have a little more flower power this Wednesday.Roche Bros. is teaming up with the Petal It Forward Campaign to hand out 1,700 free bouquets to passersby from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.The only stipulation? The campaign requests you give one of the two gifted bouquets to a “...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 4:36 AM

Man exposed himself to kids at recess: Police

Police in Andover are on the lookout for a man who allegedly exposed himself to children playing outside during recess.Authorities said the man was parked in the town’s Main Street parking lot, which abuts the St. Augustine Elementary School property.Students there were on recess and told staff the...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 2:15 AM

Schilling said he's ready to run against Warren — if his wife approves

Curt Schilling says he’s “made [his] decision” about whether or not to run for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s seat: He’s in.He just needs to clear it his wife first.The former World Series Red Sox champion made the remarks during a radio interview that was transcribed by WPRI reporter Ted Nesi.“So I’ve...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 11:11 PM

Styrofoam ban to take effect in Cambridge

Cambridge will join Somerville, Brookline and other Bay State municipalities in banning certain kinds of Styrofoam containers on Thursday when the city's new law to prohibit them takes effect.The law prohibits businesses from serving food or drinks in single-use, disposable polystyrene containers,...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 9:53 PM

Man arrested after allegedly slashing tires of 16 cars near city hall

A 28-year-old man who allegedly went on a tire slashing spree near Philadelphia City Hall is now facing charges, police said.A total of 16 vehicles, including five that are city owned, were targeted by a tire slasherFriday night.The arrestedman has not yet named by police as his charges are pending...

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 4:29 AM

Toddler shot in Roxbury expected to survive: Police

A 2-year-old girl sitting in a car seat is recovering from gunshot wounds suffered during what police area calling a drive-by shooting.The girl was in the back seat of a car just before 4 p.m. Saturday on Winslow Street when the shooter rode past ona scooter and opened fire on her father, who was...

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 4:10 AM

Police release sketch of attempted rapist who wandered Brooklyn nude

Police released a sketch of a suspect who was reportedly walking around Brooklyn in the nude when he attempted to rape a woman only steps from her home in August.Authorities said the 23-year-old woman was walking home around 11:15 p.m. on Aug. 29 near East 55th Street and Avenue J when the man...

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 2:45 AM

2 NYPD officers save baby's life after she stops breathing

Some quick-acting NYPD officers in the Bronx were able to save a 1-year-old baby’s life after she suddenly stopped breathing Friday night.Officers Felix Baez and Giovanni Laguna were near 138th Street and Willis Avenue around 8:30 p.m. when they suddenly heard a woman screaming for help in Spanish....

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 12:47 AM