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Boston, MA - 04/03/19 - Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz addressed the gathering. The political group Progressive Massachusetts held a

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State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz wants money for equity in marijuana industry

Massachusetts Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz has proposed amendments to the state’s pending budget that would create a “Cannabis Social Equity Loan Trust Fund.”

Northampton, MA - 11/20/2018- ] Jason Owen, 47, of Northampton pays for his order of recreational marijuana products from NETA in Northampton on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

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4/20 bump helped push Mass. recreational pot sales above $100 million

Total spending on recreational marijuana in Massachusetts since the debut of sales in November has topped $100 million in the run-up to the traditional “4/20” stoner holiday.

Marijuana plants grow in a greenhouse at the Fotmer Life Sciences company in Nueva Helvecia, 120 Km west of Montevideo, Uruguay, on April 17, 2019. - Uruguay is ready to make its first exportation of medical marijuana after a revolutionary law regularized the cannabis market in 2013. Fotmer Life Sciences, a US company, installed 18 greenhouses -nearly 30,000 m2- in Uruguay for the production of marijuana for medicinal purposes, which will export to Europe, Canada and Australia, being Germany its first destination. (Photo by Pablo PORCIUNCULA BRUNE / AFP)PABLO PORCIUNCULA BRUNE/AFP/Getty Images

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CCC cheat sheet: Here’s what regulators discussed at last week’s meetings

The Cannabis Control Commission had two epic meetings last week. We can’t possibly cover everything that went down, but here are some key takeaways.

A long line leads all the way to the roadway at Theory Wellness in Great Barrington, Mass., one of the Berkshire's recreational marijuana retailers, on the Eve 420, Friday April 19, 2019. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

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This Massachusetts marijuana store gets almost half its business from New York

Why are people driving so far to a Massachusetts store when you can have pot easily delivered in NYC?

In this June 20, 2018 photo, marijuana and a pipe used to smoke it are displayed on a mirror, in New York. New York state lawmakers who delivered a budget on time are now turning their attention to thorny debates over legalizing recreational marijuana and renewing New York City's rent regulations. One big question concerning marijuana legalization relates to whether counties would have to opt out, or opt in, to allowing retail marijuana shops. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

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In Massachusetts, people of color are the first to get arrested for marijuana — and the last to be licensed

So far, only five economic empowerment applicants have submitted applications to the commission, and none have opened for business.

FILE -- A worker strips marijuana buds off their stalks in Denver, Nov. 7, 2016. Public opinion has changed swiftly since Colorado became the first of 10 states with legal recreational marijuana. (Ryan David Brown/The New York Times)

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State judge: CCC lacks power over contents of local marijuana contracts

Essex County Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley has agreed that state law does not grant the commission explicit power to review host community agreements.

An employee of Fotmer SA, an enterprise that produces cannabis for medical use, make cuttings of a mother plant to produce clones, in Montevideo, Uruguay,Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. No company has yet to begin large-scale export operations, but many say that selling medical cannabis oil beyond the country's local market of 3.3 million inhabitants is key to staying ahead of the tide and transforming Uruguay into a medical cannabis leader along with the Netherlands, Canada and Israel. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

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Cannabis is America’s fastest-growing job sector — but can feel like a ‘boys’ club’

Life as a cannabis worker isn’t all free bud and chillaxing.

Marijuana plants are ready for harvest at AT-Calyx Peak Companies of Ohio, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Recapping the 2019 North American Cannabis Summit

Even among public health experts who harbor serious reservations about doing so, the legalization (or at least decriminalization) of marijuana at the federal level is increasingly seen as an inevitability.

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Recapping the 2019 North American Cannabis Summit

Even among public health experts who harbor serious reservations about doing so, the legalization (or at least decriminalization) of marijuana at the federal level is increasingly seen as an inevitability.

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Marijuana legislation galore! Baker’s bill (and other marijuana legislation)

In Massachusetts, there have been a number of developments in the world of weed. We sum them up for you.

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2018, file photo, an employee at a medical marijuana cultivator works on topping a marijuana plant, in Eastlake, Ohio. South Carolina lawmakers are once again introducing legislation to legalize marijuana for treatment of critically ill patients in the state, making another go at a debate that has gradually made progress in this deeply red state in recent years. Sen. Tom Davis, a Republican from Beaufort, told The Associated Press that he plans on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2018, to file the Compassionate Care Act in the state Senate. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)

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Advocates, medical dispensaries poised to tussle over delivery, social consumption

Activists now believe there’s only one last chance for meaningful equity in the state’s cannabis industry: reserving delivery and social consumption (pot cafe) licenses exclusively for small, locally-owned businesses and participants in the equity and economic empowerment programs.

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2018 file photo, marijuana plants grow in a tomato greenhouse being renovated to grow pot in Delta, British Columbia. The legal marijuana industry exploded in 2018, pushing its way further into the cultural and financial mainstream in the U.S. and beyond. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

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A look back at the predictions we made for marijuana in 2018 — and how far off we were

Dan Adams took a look at the predictions he made for the industry in 2018. Spoiler alert: It wasn’t pretty.

Sept 29, 2017- Shaleen Title, a commissioner of the Cannabis Control Commission. For biz

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Shaleen Title: Let’s talk about legalizing and regulating all drugs, not just marijuana

A senior Cannabis Control Commission official, Title argues the benefits of legalization aren’t limited to pot.

Sean Azzariti, a former Marine who served in the Iraq war and has post-traumatic stress disorder, smiled in 2014 as he became the first customer to buy retail marijuana at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver.

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Whatever happened to the guy who made the first legal recreational marijuana purchase in the US?

Five years ago, Marine Corps veteran and marijuana advocate Sean Azzariti made history by buying an eighth-ounce of Bubba Kush cannabis flower and a packet of pot-infused truffles.

Worker Emma Caron, of Hopedale, Mass., hands only, weighs and crowns pre-rolls, medicinal cannabis cigarettes, Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Sira Naturals medical marijuana cultivation facility, in Milford, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Somerville moves on equity for marijuana businesses

Somerville’s Board of Aldermen on Thursday unanimously passed a dramatic equity ordinance.

Boston, MA., 12/17/18, Representative Jim McGovern meets with the Globe's editorial board. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

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McGovern: I’ll let House debate marijuana reform

For years, the US House’s Rules Committee was where proposed marijuana laws went to die. That’s about to change.

File--In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, file photograph, a marijuana plant is shown as it is grown at the Colorado Harvest Company in Denver. New mandatory marijuana pesticide testing in Colorado is putting a financial strain on local cultivators to the tune of thousands of dollars in increased costs. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

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Patients fume as CCC punts on updating medical marijuana program

Marijuana advocates and marijuana companies frequently clash over cannabis policy in Massachusetts. So it’s worth paying attention when the two camps actually agree on something.

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2018, file photo, Christine Glenn sorts marijuana at the Blum marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas. Nevada regulators and industry insiders say the state's first year of adult-use marijuana sales has exceeded their expectations. A marijuana trade group says pot production, processing and sales could be a billion-dollar industry in Nevada by 2024. That's a key finding in an economic analysis being released Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, by the Nevada Dispensary Association. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

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Alcohol industry sees its future in marijuana

The alcohol industry’s push into pot isn’t about freeing the plant or social justice or anything feel-good. This is about money.

Boston, MA - 9/10/2018 - Secretary of State William F. Galvin holds a press conference in the State House on Monday, September 10, 2018 to declare that he will be taking over the election departments of both Lawrence and Lowell. Galvin announced the recount after the latter mishandled processing and counting ballots amid the closely contested race. (Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe) Topic: (metro)

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Cusack to Galvin: do your job

Massachusetts State Representative Mark Cusack has had enough.

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2018, file photo, a depiction of a cannabis bud drops from the ceiling at Leafly's countdown party in Toronto, as midnight passes and marks the first day of the legalization of cannabis across Canada. China has become the latest Asian country to warn its citizens in Canada about marijuana after it was legalized for recreational use there. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

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Social consumption — but how?

Under state law, social consumption licenses are banned by default at the local level.

In this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, photo, Carmen Fultz, an employee of Buckeye Relief LLC, sorts the male and female marijuana plants inside a Veg Room, in Eastlake, Ohio. Buckeye Relief LLC, one of Ohio's large-scale medical marijuana cultivators, expects to sell the state's first legal pot to licensed dispensaries sometime in December. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

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Boston inching forward

At each meeting of the Cannabis Control Commission, officials show a map of how many completed applications for recreational marijuana licenses have been submitted from each county in the state. Lagging behind? Suffolk County.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 19, 2017, a marijuana plant is seen at a greenhouse in Mendocino County, California. - Cannabis stocks have reached new peaks on Wall Street amid expectations more areas will legalize its use, but some market watchers suspect the high could soon wear off. Shares of Canada-based cannabis stocks leaped Wednesday spurred for a second day by Tuesday's announcement that Tilray won approval from the US Drug Enforcement Administration for a medical cannabis study in California. Shares of Tilray, which went public in mid-July at $17 a share, rocketed 47.1 percent higher Wednesday morning to $228, lifting its market capitalization to nearly $22 billion. That lit a fire under two other cannabis companies, Cronos and Canopy Growth, which gained 23.1 percent and 5.7 percent, respectively. (Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP)JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

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New Jersey inspired by Massachusetts?

This week, we got our first look at the details of New Jersey’s proposed marijuana legalization legislation.

FOR National. Londonderry, NH 1/10/2012 Kristy Stowell (cq) of Londonderry, exits the voting booth carrying her 1-week-old daughter Julia (cq). Kristy also came with her husband Kevin Stowell (cq) to Londonderry High School for the GOP New Hampshire primary election. The GOP New Hampshire primary election at Londonderry High School in Londonderry, NH on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff) Section: National Slug: n/a Reporter: n/a LOID:

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Marijuana on the campaign trail

The vote on whether to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts happened nearly two years ago — but that doesn’t mean cannabis is receding as a political issue here.

File--In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, file photograph, a marijuana plant is shown as it is grown at the Colorado Harvest Company in Denver. New mandatory marijuana pesticide testing in Colorado is putting a financial strain on local cultivators to the tune of thousands of dollars in increased costs. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

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Doing the CCC’s homework

Of the 19 provisional licenses issued by the commission to date, at least 18 are connected to host community agreements with legally questionable provisions.

Worker Emma Caron, of Hopedale, Mass., hands only, weighs and crowns pre-rolls, medicinal cannabis cigarettes, Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Sira Naturals medical marijuana cultivation facility, in Milford, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Legislators re-ignite debate over local contracts

Here at TWIW headquarters, we’ve been fielding a steady stream of complaints about municipalities from marijuana operators and advocates.

FILE - In this March 25, 2018 file photo, a visitor examines a marijuana sample at the New England Cannabis Convention in Boston. Three New England states legalized recreational marijuana, but there is still no place to buy pot legally in the region. Sunday, July 1, 2018, had been the target date to open pot shops in Massachusetts, but no retail licenses have yet been awarded. Possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana becomes legal in Vermont that day, but the law has no provisions for retail sales. Pot shops aren't expected in Maine until 2019 at earliest. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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Somerville eyes local equity rules

One of the biggest obstacles to the state’s marijuana industry equity programs is the local licensing process facing cannabis companies. But officials in Somerville seem determined to forge a different path.

Worker Emma Caron, of Hopedale, Mass., weighs and crowns pre-rolls, medicinal cannabis cigarettes, Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Sira Naturals medical marijuana cultivation facility, in Milford, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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CDX has an HCA

As you may know, Massachusetts pot industry executives have been freaking out about labs. To them, we’d like to offer this calming news: There’s a lab.

Fitchburg, MA--6/18/2018-- Marijuana plants grow under the glow of purple lights inside a flowering room at Revolutionary Clinics marijuana cultivation facility. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: potcroppic Reporter:

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Loooong moratoriums

It now seems Healey’s definition of “unconstitutional” is fluid, at least when it comes to marijuana. Her office told me Friday that it has given the OK for Mansfield, Mass. to keep a moratorium in place through June, 2019.

Boston, MA--6/3//2014--Secretary of Public Safety Andrea Cabral (cq) answers questions after giving her testimony. A public hearing is held in Gardner Auditorium at the State House, on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, on the gun violence prevention bill filed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo. Photos by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 04gun Reporter: Claire McNeill -- 0607Diversityleaders

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Andrea Cabral envisions prison-to-pot-jobs pipeline

With Andrea Cabral as its chief executive, startup Ascend Cannabis plans to open a retail shop in Boston and growing facility in Athol.

FILE - This April 6, 2018 file photo shows the leaves of a marijuana plant inside Ultra Health's cultivation greenhouse in Bernalillo, N.M. A state district judge has ruled that New Mexico health officials went beyond the scope of the law when they sanctioned the licensed medical marijuana producer for displaying a marijuana plant at the 2016 State Fair. The Health Department initially ordered Ultra Health to close for five straight days during a period that included April 20, the busiest day of the year for cannabis sales. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

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Mayor Morse wants more marijuana

Maor Alex Morse says he’s overseeing a renaissance of Holyoke, with new businesses and artists setting up in its long-blighted downtown.

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Can cannabis panel meet aggressive deadlines? Gaming chief has doubts

Steve Crosby knows a thing or two about starting up an agency to regulate a previously illegal business.

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Goldberg aide atop cannabis commission?

Is the salary for the state’s top marijuana regulator too low?