NEW ENGLAND CANNABIS NEWS

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New England Cannabis Community Award Winners

Friday March 22nd, NECANN held the first ever New England Cannabis Community Awards, where the greater New England Community came together to spotlight, elevate, and appreciate some of the people and organizations who have worked hard and done great things for the New England cannabis communities and industries. ICYMI: Here are your winners! Best Medical 

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TJM: Your Mega Mass Grass Month in Review

THE CORRECTION Decriminalizing marijuana aimed at reducing black incarceration rate (USA Today) THE ELECTION Where the 2020 presidential candidates stand on marijuana legalization (Mashable) THE REJECTION Boston issues permit cutting back on 3-day ‘Hempfest’ (Boston.com) Commission explores interest-free loans to bolster diversity Boston Business Journal Regulators consider limiting home delivery licenses MassLive State could offer 

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TJM: Recreational coming to Boston [1/24/19]

THE COPS Here’s what happens if a driver gets pulled over while high on marijuana (Boston.com) THE SHOPS The results are in: First marijuana shop in Boston, Ascend Massachusetts, receives approval from city (MassLive) THE SLOPS Hundreds Of Vials Of Marijuana Product Found In Lab’s Dumpster (WBZ I-Team) SJC rules local police can use observations 

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TJM: Here comes social consumption [1/14/19]

OH YEAH Social consumption of marijuana should be allowed in Massachusetts, state committee says (MassLive) O CANADA The results are in: Are you one of the 25 who can apply for cannabis retail licences in Ontario? (CBC) O-HIGH-O Medical marijuana hits the market this week (Akron Beacon Journal) Smoke and Mirrors: Massachusetts’ Recreational Cannabis Industry 

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TJM: What happens when there’s too much weed [1/6/19]

THE EXCESS It would take Oregonians seven years to smoke all the weed they harvested this year (Willamette Week) THE PRAXIS Experts predict what will happen with legal in 2019 (Newsweek) THE ACCESS Cannabis entrepreneurs should come from Boston’s neighborhoods (Commonwealth Magazine) Cannabis Is Revitalizing An Old Mill Town In Massachusetts Forbes What does 2019 

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TJM: Green in 2019 and Beyond [12/30/18]

THE CLAMP Proposed Bill Would Prevent Companies in Massachusetts from Firing Employees for Off the Clock Cannabis Use (Marijuana Times) THE GRAMP 75-year-old grandfather charged with trafficking 150 pounds of pot (WCVB) THE CHAMP Mike Tyson is hosting a cannabis-themed music festival (Consequence of Sound) Recapping The Year In Marijuana In Massachusetts — And Looking 

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TJM December 2nd 2018: Off to the races but also still waiting

December 2nd, 2018       THE FAVORS First Massachusetts shops to sell recreational marijuana pay $39,000 for police detail officers(MassLive) THE PAPERS Marijuana producer Curaleaf revenue nearly triples in first earnings after public listing (MarketWatch) THE NEIGHBORS New Jersey Advances Cannabis Legalization Bill(Cannabis Business Times)     Leicester calls emergency meeting after crowds buying marijuana cause 

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NECANN Introduces the New England Cannabis Community Awards (#NECCAs)

November 6, 2018 | MEDIA ADVISORY Media Contact: Beth Waterfall beth@necann.com | 774-254-5073 NECANN ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR INAUGURAL NEW ENGLAND CANNABIS COMMUNITY AWARDS The largest cannabis convention series in the world expands with addition of event to celebrate New England’s cannabis industry advocates, leaders and businesses November 6, 2018 – Boston, MA – [.pdf] NECANN, 

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TJM October 28th 2018: Small Marijuana Businesses Fight to Gain Foothold in Industry

OCTOBER 28 2018 Sign up for the Talking Joints Memo here THE RETAIL Inside What Could Be The First Retail Marijuana Shop On The East Coast (NE Public Radio) THE EXHALE Mass. Is ‘A Few Weeks Away’ From Opening Retail Pot Shops (CBS) THE CURTAIL Extortion. Bribery. Pure idiocy. “The commission should intervene …” (MassLive) Do 

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TJM October 3rd 2018: A Family That Grows Together

OCTOBER 3 2018 Presented by NECANN THE HATER It’s not the pot, it’s the mess; well, OK, and maybe the smoking part(Universal Hub) THE FLAVOR Cannabis Cuisine Lights Up Cooking Shows, Restaurant Menus (Variety) THE NEIGHBOR Estimated revenue from marijuana legalization increases to $58 million(Concord Monitor) Do You Have Friends Who Want To Know More About 

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AP/CBSNews: What to know as Canada becomes the biggest country to legalize pot

Canada is legalizing adult use of marijuana on Oct. 17 and will be the second and largest country to do so. Here’s a glance at how that might create problems: Some key takeaways from this AP report covering next week’s legalization: What’s allowed? “…there’s no limit on how much Canadians can possess in their homes. 

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Former New England Patriot Kicks Off Rhode Island Convention

Keynote Speaker Announced for 4th Annual Rhode Island Cannabis Convention Super Bowl Champion Eric Martin Will Speak on Saturday, October 20th at 11:45am [PROVIDENCE, RI] October 11, 2018 — Eric Martin, formerly of the New England Patriots and member of the Super Bowl Championship team in 2014, sustained head injuries that would affect him for 

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MAINE CONVENTION #MECANN18 FAQ

October 6th-7th, 2018 – Portland Sports Complex – [MAP] 512 Warren Ave, Portland, ME 04103 NOTE: This is a 21+ event (under 21 need parent/guardian or MMJ card) SHOW HOURS: Saturday 11am-6pm | Sunday 11am-5pm With the recreational marijuana industry moving towards reality, the 2018 Maine Cannabis Convention is a MUST-ATTEND event for MMJ/Cannabis/Hemp businesses, 

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Keynote Speaker Announced for 4th Annual Maine Cannabis Convention

The 4th Annual Maine Cannabis Convention is positioned to be the state’s biggest and most comprehensive cannabis business and educational event yet. And to get things started, we’re thrilled to welcome former state senator Diane Russell as our keynote speaker! >> Appearing on the Main Stage at 11:45 on Saturday, October 6 << Don’t miss 

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You’ll want to know this about recreational (September 23th – 2018)

THE COLD Here's why they haven't opened (Boston.com) THE OLD More Older Americans Are Turning To Marijuana (NPR) THE BOLD High Times parent hustles to lure cannabis investors(MJ Biz Daily) FEATURED Massachusetts' First Recreational Pot Sales Could Be Days Away (Hartford Courant) Baker, Walsh were anti-pot, but take donations from marijuana companies(Boston Herald) Editorial: Hypocrisy in taking pot 

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Labs for Mass but no weed bank for Cali (August 26th – 2018)

THE WAIT Massachusetts regulators approve testing labs, moving 1st pot sales closer (AP) THE FATE Dimebags vs. Dispensaries: Street Dealers to Multi-Million Dollar Weed Startups (Vice) THE HATE Massachusetts Cannabis Commissioner Tells Critics to 'Chill' (Reason) FEATURED Licenses for Massachusetts' first testing labs, pot shops in Salem and Fall River approved (MassLive) Pot shops coming to a city or 

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Cannabis is even good for your butt (August 19th – 2018)

THE GROW Proposed Newburyport pot-growing site purchased for $8.6M (Newburyport News) THE SLOW What we know about the marijuana dispensaries poised to open in Massachusetts (Boston.com) THE WHOA DEA Wants More Marijuana Grown And Fewer Opioids Produced In 2019. Really. (Forbes) FEATURED Mass. lawmaker: Losing jobs over cannabis is ‘counter-productive’ (Boston 25 News) Marijuana commission divided over whether 

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Dough, Diversity, and Donut Bongs (August 5th – 2018)

THE MED Substance in cannabis ‘could boost pancreatic cancer treatments’(Guardian) THE BREAD Financial Difficulties Are Blocking Diversity in Massachusetts’ Cannabis Industry (Merry Jane) THE FED WATCH: U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling Talks Marijuana, Immigration And Attorney General Jeff Sessions (WGBH) FEATURED Massachusetts Is Open for Weed Business and Some Residents Aren’t Ready (VICE) Hold up in licensing delaying recreational 

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A ticking Mass grass timeline (July 22nd – 2018)

THE SCIENCE That purple kush you’re toking might be a genetic imposter (Wired) THE DEFIANCE The US Stopped Other Countries from Legalizing Weed for Generations Not anymore. (Vice) THE APPLIANCE The future of cannabis has arrived with this $400 vaporizer (Forbes) FEATURED Three marijuana retail licenses okayed for eastern Massachusetts, but timeline for openings … (MassLive) Cannabis Control Commission 

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Smoking out prohibitionists (July 22nd – 2018)

THE FUN 'Sex toy oils with marijuana' a concern for key state senator if weed becomes legal (NJ.com) THE GUN Marijuana Users In Mass. Can't Buy Guns (WBUR) THE NONE Massachusetts Still Doesn't have Any [Rec] Dispensaries Three Weeks into Legalization (Civilized)   FEATURED Massachusetts Marijuana Regulator Says Prosecutor's Guidance Adds Clarity (WBUR) The week in Massachusetts marijuana news: 

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So many cannabis headlines (July 15th – 2018)

THE SHOPS Still Some Weeks To Go Before Retail Cannabis Sales In Mass Begin(WBUR)   THE COPS Pennsylvania Police Say Man Found Dead Under Cop-Driven Bulldozer Maybe Had a Heart Attack(Splinter)   THE STOCKS Can Lebanon Turn Drugs Into Money? (Newsweek)   FEATURED Slow March To Fully Legal Marijuana In Massachusetts (New England Public Radio) Luxury 420-Friendly 

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Vermont goes legal, all eyes on first Mass rec shops (July 8 – 2018)

THE GAME U.S. Attorney In Mass Says He Won't Crack Down On Retail Recreational Marijuana(WGBH) THE PROGRESS Vermont Becomes 9th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana (AP) THE SHAME How pot companies will destroy tons of weed they can't sell after marijuana fire sales (Desert Sun) FEATURED These four Boston-area municipalities could be among the first to 

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Big recreational cannabis headlines from Mass to Montreal (June 21 – 2018)

10 HOT AND HEADY MID-WEEK HEADLINES FROM NEW ENGLAND AND ACROSS AMERICA 10) The first Mass marijuana business license could go to this company (MassLive) 9) LISTEN: A Slow Burn For Both Marijuana Stores And Education Funding In Massachusetts (NE Public Radio) 8) The first recreational marijuana license could be granted Thursday (Boston Globe) 7) Panel set to vote on 

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When blockchain and crypto meet cannabis (June 17 – 2018)

THE PROPAGANDA Ahead of pot legalization, state leaders discuss impaired driving prevention (WHDH)   THE TRENDS Forget Kombucha and Coconut Water. Cannabis Is the Next Beverage Trend (Inc.) THE BELLWETHER If you're curious about the future of legal marijuana in Massachusetts, the liquor industry might offer some guidance (South Coast Today)   FEATURED Walsh opts out of mayors' 

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So close to retail cannabis that you can smell it (June 3 – 2018)

THE RUSH New Numbers Reveal the Marijuana Industry Boom Has Only Just Begun(Entrepeneur) THE LICENSES Marijuana licenses expected in early June(State House News Service) THE TOWNS Marijuana REIT to invest $18.5M in Mass cultivation facility (MJ Biz Daily)   FEATURED Cannabis licenses just around corner (Sentinel & Enterprise) Former Dean Convicted of Shooting Student Over Marijuana(U.S. News 

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Introducing Bostoners: Profiles in Cannabis (May 30 – 2018)

Dear TJM Readers, This new recurring Talking Joints Memo column, "Bostoners," features cheeky interviews with local artists and creatives about cannabis in their careers and lives. We're doing them because despite legalization and evolving tolerance in general, there are still a lot of stigmas to dissolve, as anyone who has been watching as municipalities across the commonwealth 

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Tito Jackson joins cannabis biz, 7-11 does opposite (May 30 – 2018)

THE COWARDS 7-Eleven Says It Won't Be Selling CBD, Contrary To Claims From CBD Company (Huffpost) THE LICENSES Cannabis Control Commission Approves 205 Potential Licensing Applicants To Receive Priority Review (CCC) THE TOWNS Abington Town Meeting rejects marijuana shop ban (Wicked Local)   FEATURED (TITO JACKSON) Tito Jackson's Next Act: Marijuana CEO Tito Jackson to lead marijuana 

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The details and stories behind successful cannabis regimens (May 23 – 2018)

Dear TJM Readers, Speaking with advocates and people in the cannabis community, we identified and reached out to three patients who once believed strongly in Western medicine but had to defy it when an illegal plant proved to be the better option. Through trial and error, they created health regimens for serious conditions including epilepsy, 

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Weed sales surpass ice cream plus YouTube prohibition (May 18th – 2018)

THE WEB “WeedTubers” Are Looking For New Platforms After YouTube’s Latest Crackdown (BuzzFeed) THE VETS Legal Weed Could Revolutionize PTSD Treatment For Veterans vice.com) THE STATE Pot panel admits mistake on applications (State House News Service)   COMMONWEALTH CROP REPORT Pacing pot industry rollout makes sense (Lowell Sun) Marijuana shops become legal in Massachusetts in less 

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Podcasts and Lawmakers (March 20th – 2018)

Fun announcement – we are compiling a Commonwealth Home Grower’s Guide and a Mass Recreational Road Map to be released as special print and web editions in the coming months. If you’re at the New England Cannabis Convention (NECANN) next week (March 24-25), come to our booth and tell us what you would like to see covered. 

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Jeff Sessions and cannabis clubs in Denver (March 8th – 2018)

THE COURTS Federal Judge Dismisses Cannabis Lawsuit Against Jeff Sessions (Cannabis Business Times) THE REGS Here Are 4 Key Changes To Massachusetts’ Marijuana Regulations (WBUR) THE GARDEN STATE New Jersey lawmakers weigh legalizing marijuana (Inquirer Daily News)   FEATURED Medical marijuana dispensary shut down after insecticide found in sample(WCVB) Editorial: Cannabis cafes on hold (Boston Herald) After complaints, state 

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5 things that are more complicated than buying a gun in Florida (March 1st – 2018)

THE LEGACY Marijuana Opponent Kennedy Reconsiders State Legalization Protections (Marijuana Moment) THE GROW Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition hoping to lessen restrictions for cannabis farming (WWLP) THE NONSENSE 5 things that are more complicated than buying a gun in Florida (CBS News)   FEATURED Pot-users want judge to declare marijuana safe under US law (Boston Herald) Marijuana camp says Baker 

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The letter Shanel Lindsay brought to Beacon Hill (February 21st – 2018)

Have you been following the madness? As more than a few people predicted would happen, certain influential members of the Mass political establishment continue to insert themselves in a regulatory process that they should be watching from the sidelines.  It’s a bipartisan affair, this meddling. From Governor Charlie Baker to House Speaker Bob DeLeo, the subterfuge is 

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