Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Massachusetts Medical Cannabis News

Rhode Island dispensary owner fears Massachusetts’ recreational cannabis

At least one of Rhode Island’s three medical cannabis dispensary chiefs is afraid the launch of the Massachusetts recreational market will be the death of his business. Seth Bock – the CEO of Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth – told a Rhode Island legislative committee that unless officials make changes to the MMJ program, […]

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New U.S. recreational marijuana markets – one year later

(This is the first installment of a two-part series updating the status of marijuana markets one year after they were approved. Part I: Recreational. Part II: Medical.) The recreational marijuana industry had a big year in 2016, when voters in four states – California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada – approved sales of adult-use cannabis. But […]

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Massachusetts cannabis commission asking for $7.5 million budget

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission expects to eventually pay for the state’s MMJ program through licensing and taxes, but it needs $7.5 million from the state to help fund the current fiscal year. The state granted the oversight body $2.3 million earlier this year, and the additional $5.2 million would be used to pay for staff, operations and technology, […]

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Help wanted: cannabis inspector in Massachusetts

Massachusetts’ legalization of recreational marijuana has resulted in an unexpected job opportunity – an agricultural inspector for cannabis. A job description posted on the state’s website says it’s seeking someone to enforce laws and regulations involving marijuana and hemp. Necessary qualifications include a degree in a field such as biology, chemistry or plant pathology. The […]

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Marijuana companies weighing billboard advertising’s expense against the exposure

By Omar Sacirbey

Marijuana businesses seeking to market their brands are often caught between restrictions that forbid them from using most mainstream advertising platforms and the financial constraints that young industries typically face.

That tough situation has pushed many marijuana businesses toward billboards as an advertising option.

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Massachusetts moves to ease medical cannabis access

Medical marijuana companies in Massachusetts could see a hike in business once regulators implement several improvements to the state’s MMJ program. The Department of Health proposed the changes in September 2016 but delayed acting on them amid concerns about how recreational marijuana legalization would affect the medical cannabis program, The Boston Globe reported. Here’s what you need […]

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Two new marijuana markets – AR and MA – encounter obstacles

Arkansas’ medical marijuana program and Massachusetts’ adult-use industry have encountered stumbling blocks that could slow their full-fledged launches. According to Talk Business and Politics, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission said it will need to push back the rollout of the program because of the time it will take to conduct FBI background checks for the […]

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Massachusetts MMJ dispensary launches billboard campaign

In what is perhaps a Massachusetts marijuana milestone, a medical cannabis dispensary unveiled a billboard advertising drive in Boston and other cities on Monday. New England Treatment Access, which operates two dispensaries in the state, bought space on four billboards for the campaign, The Boston Globe reported. Two of the billboards are in and just outside Boston […]

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Truth in advertising: Marijuana sector still struggling to gain foothold in mainstream

By Omar Sacirbey

The marijuana industry has scored several advertising coups in recent weeks, with cannabis-related businesses landing ads on major television networks and in mainstream magazines.

Cannabis industry insiders welcomed the breakthroughs and accompanying hope, but they also cautioned that the MJ sector has far to go to win over mainstream media platforms.

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Massachusetts marijuana agency seeking executive director

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is hiring. And not just for any job. The board needs an executive director. The director “will guide internal operations and chair the Cannabis Advisory Board,” according to TV station WWLP. Qualifications for the position include a bachelor’s degree and at least five years in a supervisory role. Applications will […]

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