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Harvest Cup in Massachusetts will feature marijuana contest, 100-foot joint

One year after it became legal for adults to possess and use marijuana in Massachusetts, cannabis aficionados will gather in Worcester this weekend to show off some of the best locally-sourced ganja and edibles, and to try to put a welcoming face on the world of weed. Part competition, part expo...

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 3:37pm

Cannabis commission exploring ways to help communities hurt by pot ban

As it works to build a new industry from the ground up, state marijuana regulators on Tuesday wrestled with how Massachusetts' newly legal marijuana industry could be more accessible to racially and economically diverse communities and how the industry could benefit groups that were...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 9:48am

Woody Harrelson had to get high to survive a dinner with Trump

Despite announcing earlier this year that he has given up cannabis, the name Woody Harrelson will always go with marijuana like peanut butter and jelly… and all the other munchie delights. After “30 solid years of just partying too f—king hard,” it’s been a year since...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 7:07pm

Massachusetts is hiring a marijuana inspector

Massachusetts’ marijuana industry is beginning to bud, and that means state jobs in the field are up for grabs. Are you interested in becoming a cannabis inspector? The opening for a pot inspector was recently posted on the Mass.gov career site. The position falls within the Massachusetts...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 1:09pm

FDA warns companies to stop saying that pot cures cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a word of warning to companies selling marijuana-based health supplements: Stop with wildly inaccurate claims, or else. Last week, the government agency sent warning letters to four companies — Natural Alchemist, Greenroads Health, That’s...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 10:57am

Cannabis advocate's event sheds light on the ‘prisoners of pot’

When most people think about advocates for the legalization of weed, they likely imagine tie-dye-wearing stoners just looking to get high without the hassle of the man. That’s the stigma that Michael Zaytsev, aka Mike Z, the founder and CEO of High NY, fights most. “The biggest...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 10:43am

Terpenes are next frontier of curated cannabis experience, experts say

For the marijuana novice, weed is just weed. But for the cannabis connoisseur, there’s a whole world of flavors, scents and effects – and it goes beyond just different types of strains. The next frontier of curating a cannabis experience, experts say, lies not in a strain of the plant...

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 10:33am

Cannabis Commission chair outlines goals, initial steps

As he sets out to stand up a legal marijuana industry here, Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman said Wednesday he intends for retail marijuana sales to begin by July 2018, but did not guarantee that the nascent commission would meet that timeline. Hoffman, a retired business...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 3:54pm

Netflix sells weed customized to 12 of its shows

This weekend, "Netflix and chill" went literal: The streaming giant sold marijuana varieties customized to partake while watching their biggest shows. The "Netflix collection" was announced last weekend, and it's being sold in a popup shop in West Hollywood in collaboration...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 3:19pm

Does smoking weed cause cancer?

The number of people using marijuana continues is steadily rising — more than 52 percent of Americans over 18 admit to using it at least once, legally or not — while the popularity of smoking continues to tumble. The reasons for weed’s popularity from person-to-person: Some use...

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 12:01pm

State launches campaign against driving while high

Though marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, officials are reminding residents that that doesn’t mean they can drive while high. The state’s public safety office unveiled this week a new campaign aimed at highlighting the risks of driving while impaired by marijuana. “Drive high...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 2:25pm

As legal recreational weed gains traction, doctors stay informed through new cannabis curriculum

Now that the recreational marijuana law has finally been signed by Gov. Charlie Baker and the state is shaping its Cannabis Advisory Board, the dream of legal weed is here to stay in Massachusetts. Though medical marijuana has been legal here since 2012, the addition of legal recreational...

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 7:07am

State begins erecting marijuana regulatory structure

The panel that will study and make recommendations on regulating marijuana in Massachusetts — the first piece of a growing regulatory structure — is on track to be finalized by the end of the week when the governor names the final five members. Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and Attorney...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 12:05pm

Legal marijuana bill finally reaches Gov. Baker's desk

The Legislature sent its rewrite of the voter-approved legal marijuana bill, with a higher tax rate and less power for voters, to the governor on Thursday, 255 days after about 1.8 million voters put the law on the books. House and Senate negotiators had planned to get a bill to Gov. Charlie Baker...

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 9:15am

Get your buzz on with eco- (and 420) friendly cannabis Keurig-compatible coffee

Not everyone is a joker, a smoker or a midnight toker. Whether you use marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes, you can now Keurig and chill with the world’s first product line of cannabis-infused coffee, tea and cocoa. A flower-based edibles company, Cannabiniers, launched Brewbudz...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 6:42pm

This vending machine for all your vices lets you buy pot, booze and more with the touch of a finger

There’s now a vending machine for pot, booze, handguns, you name it — and we’re pretty sure it’s safe to say the future has arrived. The so-called “smart vending machine” was developed by cannabis tech company American Green with pot in mind, but Stephen Shearin...

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 1:18pm

Marijuana is big business at Boston's first annual CannaCon

After recreational marijuana possession and use was legalized last December, people have been able to blaze freely and grow small amounts of their own ganja as well. Legislation on retail cannabis sale, however, does not project licensed dispensary openings until at least July 2018. But as they say...

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 12:58pm

House speaker says to pause weed bill to focus on overdue state budget

House Speaker Robert DeLeo, in a dramatic move intended to "remove any distractions" from the goal of reaching a deal on an already late state budget, asked House lawmakers negotiating a bill to regulate the retail marijuana industry to suspend their talks with the Senate Wednesday night...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 9:18am

Mass. Senate passes pot bill

The Senate on Thursday night approved a series of updates to the state's voter-passed marijuana legalization law, which supporters said closely align with the ideals of the ballot question but which differ significantly from the bill House lawmakers passed Wednesday. The Senate's 30-5 vote...

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 9:18am

Major overhaul of pot ballot law clears House

After several years of ceding marijuana policy-making to a voting public eager to adopt a more permissive approach to the once completely illegal drug, House lawmakers on Wednesday took the reins of the sticky issue, passing a bill to overhaul how the state will regulate the retail market of the...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 9:48am