Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

FAQ: What businesses need to know about Massachusetts’ recreational cannabis program

Omar Sacirbey  | July 19, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana market can expect an influx of business license applications now that lawmakers have agreed on an adult-use bill that will serve as the framework for the new industry.

The market will be strong, observers predict, but the stakes will be high for a coveted license.

Massachusetts lawmakers strike recreational cannabis deal

Omar Sacirbey  | July 17, 2017

Massachusetts lawmakers finalized changes to the state’s recreational marijuana law on Monday, essentially splitting the difference on their conflicting proposals on tax rates and whether voters or politicians can OK cannabis businesses.

Highlights of the deal were released by a six-member conference committee that spent several weeks trying to resolve differences between …

Massachusetts gov: Time running out on rec cannabis deal

Kevin Huhn  | July 12, 2017

If Massachusetts legislators are unable to reach a compromise over regulations for the state’s recreational marijuana industry, it may be time to implement the voter-approved law as it currently stands, Gov. Charlie Baker said.

A six-member negotiating committee trying to resolve differences between a House-passed bill that overhauls the recreational pot law and a …

Massachusetts allots $2M to recreational cannabis commission

Bart Schaneman  | July 10, 2017

Massachusetts will funnel $2 million into a state marijuana commission tasked with implementing the state’s recreational cannabis law.

The funding is part of a compromise budget lawmakers passed last week.

The budget compromise could lead to the resumption of negotiations between a House-Senate committee on regulations tied to the adult-use marijuana law approved by Massachusetts voters last …

Week in Review: Massachusetts rec cannabis delay, Denver social use & West Virginia MMJ advisers

Omar Sacirbey  | July 7, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

Massachusetts lawmakers table negotiations on the state's recreational marijuana law, Denver finalizes rules for social cannabis use, and West Virginia creates an advisory board to help plan its MMJ industry.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Massachusetts suspends rec marijuana legalization talks

Omar Sacirbey  | July 6, 2017

Massachusetts’ House Speaker suspended negotiations on a recreational marijuana legalization measure, suggesting those talks were distracting lawmakers from finalizing another bill on the state’s budget.

The move on Wednesday night could further delay passage and implementation of an adult-use cannabis law, which state legislators have been working on since 54% of state

MA talks on recreational cannabis compromise to resume Wednesday

Kevin Huhn  | July 3, 2017

A group of Massachusetts lawmakers seeking to hammer out a compromise over the state’s recreational marijuana law plan to resume negotiations Wednesday.

The six-member panel of House and Senate negotiators failed to meet a self-imposed deadline Friday to get a final bill to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk.

Democratic Rep. Mark Cusack, the chief House …

Massachusetts picks panel to draft rec cannabis compromise

Bart Schaneman  | June 26, 2017

A six-member House-Senate conference committee has been selected to try to create a compromise bill to revamp the voter-approved recreational marijuana law in Massachusetts.

Legislative leaders assigned the panel Friday after the House formally rejected the Senate version of the bill.

The House conferees are Republican Hannah Kane and Democrats Mark Cusack and Ron …

Massachusetts House would repeal, replace rec marijuana bill

Omar Sacirbey  | June 22, 2017

The Massachusetts House of Representatives on late Wednesday approved a bill that would repeal and replace the adult-use marijuana law voters passed last November and would more than double the tax rate and require that cannabis business employees be fingerprinted in the process.

The state Senate must now work on its own version of the …

Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana bill causing concern

Bart Schaneman  | June 14, 2017

A sharply divided legislative committee in Massachusetts voted Wednesday to advance a bill calling for major changes to the voter-approved recreational marijuana law, including higher taxes on retail sales and handing more control over cannabis shops to municipal officials.

Some lawmakers suggested that as currently written, the proposal would give Massachusetts the highest tax …

Week in Review: Tobacco + cannabis, Maryland planning restarts & Native Americans’ MMJ

John Schroyer  | June 9, 2017

By John Schroyer, Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

Massachusetts cigarette wholesalers eye recreational marijuana distribution, a Maryland court allows MMJ planning to continue, and a Seminole-owned firm partners with a cannabis investment group.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.