Marijuana

With marijuana mainstream, smoke shops are elevating customer experience

Before marijuana went mainstream and decriminalized in many states, some enthusiasts in New York City would often surreptitiously duck into smoke shops or hastily make purchases at sidewalk tables when on the hunt for new accessories. Fast-forward to today, and that’s no longer the case,...

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 5:47am

Test lab approvals mark latest retail marijuana milestone

One of the largest roadblocks to launching the retail market for legal marijuana in Massachusetts was eliminated Thursday as the Cannabis Control Commission approved provisional licenses for two testing laboratories. Massachusetts officials had hoped to launch legal retail marijuana sales on July...

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 9:50am

420 Suites brings cannabis-friendly vacation rentals to Boston

Boston has long been a vacation destination, but legal marijuana may draw in even more visitors to all over Massachusetts — and businesses like 420 Suites are ready to cater to cannabis tourism. 420 Suites, which debuted at Boston’s recent CannaCon, is turning the typical vacation...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 12:24pm

Medical marijuana facility blazes a trail from upstate to NYC

New York state is about to get a whole lot greener as a new cannabis cultivation facility is breaking ground today in Orange County to service four statewide medical marijuana facilities, including two planned for Brooklyn and Staten Island. iAnthus Capital and its subsidiary Citiva are building a...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 5:06am

People of color make up 93 percent of marijuana possession arrests in NYC: Report

If you were arrested for marijuana possession in New York City, you’re probably not white, according to a new report. Out of all marijuana possession arrests in the first six months of 2018, 93 percent were of New Yorkers of color, according to the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)....

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 1:42pm

3 tips for how to start a marijuana business in Massachusetts

Now that recreational weed is legal in the Bay State, entrepreneurial pot enthusiasts are starting to get into the marijuana business in Massachusetts. If going green for your next gig piques your interest, you might want to stop by CannaCon Boston 2018 this weekend. Following a successful debut...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 4:48pm

Cannabis Control Commission begins first review of marijuana test lab application

The Cannabis Control Commission is reviewing its first license application from an independent testing laboratory, a critical link of the supply chain without which non-medical marijuana cannot be sold, and the chairman said he hopes the commission can consider that application when it meets next...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 4:07pm

Leicester company awarded first retail pot license, eyes sales in 'few weeks'

The president of the company that secured the state's first retail marijuana license Monday said he expects to be selling non-medical marijuana in Leicester in a matter of weeks. The Cannabis Control Commission voted unanimously Monday to issue a provisional license to Cultivate Holdings, Inc...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 9:18am

NYC chef brings cannabis edibles to city with Massachusetts on horizon

For nearly 30 years, Bubby’s has been a staple dining destination in New York City, and now chef and owner Ron Silver has set his sights on the booming cannabis industry in New York and Massachusetts with his new venture, Azuca. Azuca is a line of fast-acting cannabis-infused sweeteners and...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 4:32pm

Retail marijuana not happening July 1 because of laboratory snag

There will be no legal recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts on July 1. And though regulators expect to approve business licenses next week, there can be no legal retail sales until an independent testing laboratory applies and is licensed by the Cannabis Control Commission. The CCC on...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 3:41pm

What is Epidiolex? Cannabis-based drug was just approved by the FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that it’s approving a cannabis drug to help children suffering from difficult-to-control seizures. The drug — named Epidiolex – is a type of cannabidiol (CBD oil) that is derived from cannabis, but doesn’t give the same...

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 2:56pm

First recreational marijuana license issued in Massachusetts

State regulators voted unanimously Thursday to grant the state's first recreational marijuana business license to a marijuana grower in Milford. The license approved by the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) on Thursday will allow Sira Naturals to grow between 10,001 and 20,000 square feet of...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 3:42pm

NYC will stop arresting most people for smoking marijuana in public

New Yorkers with no prior record who are found smoking marijuana in public will face criminal summonses rather than arrests under a new policy Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday. The change marks a shift in marijuana enforcement in New York City as a way, the mayor said, to balance fairness...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 2:54pm

Opioid users will qualify for medical marijuana, New York health dept announces

Those who use opioids will qualify for medical marijuana under an amendment developed by the New York State Department of Health. Patients can be eligible for medical marijuana use in New York state if they have been diagnosed with certain debilitating or life-threatening conditions. Currently,...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 4:23pm

On eve of marijuana legalization, impaired driving panel just getting started

With legal marijuana sales expected to begin within a month, the commission that is supposed to make recommendations to prevent operating under the influence of marijuana and impaired driving is slated to meet for the first time Wednesday. The Special Commission on Operating Under the Influence...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 9:36am

Former Boston mayoral candidate Tito Jackson will head a marijuana dispensary

Former Boston mayoral candidate Tito Jackson has switched career gears, leaving politics to enter the world of marijuana. Jackson has been tapped as the CEO of Verdant Medical Inc., a nonprofit medical marijuana company that hopes to open dispensaries in Massachusetts. “I know many will...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 11:25am

Mayor wants NYPD to stop busting marijuana smokers

Mayor Bill de Blasio has become the latest city official to back stopping marijuana smoking busts in New York City. “With marijuana legalization likely to occur in our state in the near future, it is critical our city plans for the public safety, health and financial consequences involved,...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 11:54am

Manhattan DA to no longer prosecute certain marijuana cases

Starting Aug. 1, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. will no longer prosecute marijuana possession and smoking cases, his office announced Tuesday. The move comes after a six-month review of jurisdictions where marijuana is no longer criminally prosecuted, and one analysis by his office...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 5:03pm

Marijuana legalization could bring $335M in city tax revenue: Stringer

As the debate over marijuana legalization wages on in New York state, a new analysis by city Comptroller Scott Stringer estimates that the potential adult-use marijuana market could bring in as much as $436 million in tax revenue for the city alone. Using data from Colorado and Washington state,...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 11:27am

After NYC opening, medical marijuana dispensary MedMen is ready for thefuture of cannabis

Medical marijuana dispensary MedMen may have only been open on Manhattan’s tony Fifth Avenue for two weeks, but for the California-based company, its expansion into the city was a long time coming. “This has been a process 20 years in the making, from California legalizing medical...

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 9:06am