Marijuana arrests continue in Massachusetts

Marijuana arrests BOSTON — Four months after marijuana became legal in Massachusetts, people are still getting arrested for pot-related offenses, and police are refusing to give back confiscated drugs, according to court records and interviews with law enforcement officials. The voter-approved law allows adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana […]

Marijuana Is “Only Slightly Less Awful” Than Heroin – Massachusetts Marijuana

Massachusetts Marijuana Jeff Sessions, the U.S. Attorney General, had some typically harsh words about Massachusetts marijuana today, at a time when legal pot supporters are on high alert over how the new government will treat the drug. In prepared remarks for a speech to law enforcement in Richmond today, Jeff Sessions outlined his stance on Massachusetts marijuana use, […]

The future of recreational marijuana in Trump’s America

recreational marijuana It’s a movement charging ahead — for now. Legalizing recreational marijuana is currently a priority in more than a dozen states as polls show overwhelming support and lawmakers see a way to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue. So far, eight states have legalized recreational cannabis. But in recent […]

Great expectations for Massachusetts’ marijuana industry

Massachusetts’ marijuana As Massachusetts’ marijuana market is poised to move from street corners to store fronts, investors are starting to see green — and it’s not just the plants. The Bay State will be the first on the East Coast to tap into the legal weed market and industry experts predict big payoffs. By 2020, […]

Marijuana is legal in Massachusetts

Massachusetts marijuana It was 1911. The New England Watch and Ward Society (née the New England Society for the Suppression of Vice) was battling against drugs and other “special evils.” And in April of that year, the group’s leaders successfully petitioned the Massachusetts Legislature to outlaw possession of several “hypnotic drugs,” including cannabis. One hundred […]

Massachusetts Marijuana – Now What?

Massachusetts marijuana Mass­a­chu­setts voters on Nov. 8 over­whelm­ingly approved the legal­iza­tion of recre­ational mar­i­juana. The new law will take effect Dec. 15, but there are still some ques­tions con­cerning reg­u­la­tion, pos­ses­sion, and distribution for Massachusetts marijuana. We asked asso­ciate pro­fessor Leo Beletsky, a drug policy expert who holds joint appoint­ments in the School of Law […]

When Medical Marijuana Is the Doctor’s Orders, Will Insurers Pay?

medical marijuana Early this year, a disabled former automobile body worker named Greg Vialpando explained to lawmakers in New Mexico how medical marijuana helped his chronic back pain. State legislators were considering a bill backed by workers’ compensation insurers that would have exempted them from paying for medical marijuana. But Mr. Vialpando and another patient […]

Test for marijuana impairment? A UMass prof has an app for that

marijuana impairment Massachusetts voters legalized recreational marijuana earlier this month, despite the fact that there’s still no easy way for law enforcement to test someone behind the wheel for marijuana-induced impairment. A field sobriety test is used when a motorist is suspected of reckless driving, and a breathalyzer is used to gauge the level of […]

Massachusetts Marijuana gold rush? Walmart of Weed? Not so fast

Massachusetts Marijuana “Big Pot” is not coming to Massachusetts. Though voters approved Massachusetts marijuana last week, don’t expect a land rush to Massachusetts by out-of-state corporate profiteers who can quickly throw up a weed store on every corner. Instead, cannabis companies anticipate the retail market for legal Massachusetts marijuana here will be slow to develop and […]