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Senate passes a marijuana equity bill

THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE on Thursday passed a bill that takes significant steps toward helping minority entrepreneurs and those affected by prior enforcement of drug laws break into the legal marijuana industry, which has so far been dominated largely by big companies and White business owners.  “Massachusetts became the first state in the country in 2017 […]

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Defense lawyer dismisses Baker marijuana bill as ‘junk science’

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER has been pushing for legislation he says would give “law enforcement more tools to keep our roads safe from impaired drivers.”   John Amabile, president of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, used other words to describe the bill: “a classic use of nonscientific junk science to potentially cause a person […]

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Marijuana industry ‘fixes’ moving in the Legislature

A COMPREHENSIVE BILL that would address several major problems that marijuana regulators and industry experts have pinpointed in the legal cannabis industry is starting to move in the Legislature.   The Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy is polling out two bills – one related to criminal record expungements and another related to host community agreements and funding for social equity entrepreneurs – […]

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Marijuana regulators support updates to drugged driving laws 

SINCE MASSACHUSETTS LEGALIZED recreational marijuana, Gov. Charlie Baker has been pushing the Legislature to also update the state’s laws against driving under the influence of drugs.   But a lengthy discussion by the state’s marijuana regulators on Thursday illustrated the immense challenges lawmakers will face should they choose to move forward with the governor’s bill.   […]

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Mass. falling behind on marijuana equity mandate

AFTER MASSACHUSETTS voters legalized adult-use cannabis in 2016, the Legislature made history as the first in the nation to require full participation in the regulated industry by individuals who were harmed by previous marijuana prohibition. Unfortunately, five years later, our state is now falling behind others when it comes to meeting our own equity mandate. This concerns […]