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Former treasurer Shannon O’Brien picked to lead cannabis board 

FORMER STATE TREASURER Shannon O’Brien, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2002, will be the next chair of the Cannabis Control Commission.   Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced the appointment Tuesday. O’Brien will be sworn in Thursday, the fifth anniversary of the commission’s founding.   O’Brien replaces Sarah Kim, who had been serving as interim chair since […]

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Marijuana retailers sue over home delivery rules 

A COALITION OF marijuana dispensaries has made good on the threat to sue state regulators over new regulations governing home delivery of marijuana, in a case that is illustrating the contentious divide among various segments of the state’s young marijuana industry.   When the Cannabis Control Commission approved the marijuana delivery regulations in November, the Commonwealth Dispensary Association, […]

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No marijuana ‘apocalypse,’ but legalization brings concerns 

Second of two parts. Read the first part here.   WHEN MASSACHUSETTS VOTERS were considering the 2016 ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana sales, opponents, including Gov. Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and a raft of public health and safety officials, raised concerns about everything from youth use to drug trafficking to impaired driving.   […]

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Marijuana companies hid illegal pesticide use

  THE STATE Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday unanimously approved hefty fines against two marijuana companies for illegally using pesticides on their products, then trying to hide it. Garden Remedies will pay $200,000 and Healthy Pharms will pay $350,000. They are not the first marijuana companies to be cited for pesticide use under strict rules […]

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Cannabis regulator Kay Doyle jumps to pharma

CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSIONER Kay Doyle is leaving the state oversight panel to take a job as US director of public policy for Greenwich Biosciences, the first company to manufacture an FDA-approved cannabis drug. “It returns me back to really focusing on patients, which is where my heart is,” Doyle said. The five-member Cannabis Control Commission […]

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Opponents fume over Baker vaping ban

FOR SAFIA JAMIL, the owner of vaping shops in Marlborough and Walpole, the one-two punch of Gov. Charlie Baker’s emergency vaping ban and legislation passed this week to ban all flavored tobacco products is likely to be a knockout that puts her out of business.  Jamil said she has lost “thousands of dollars” because of […]