‘Huge case of bitter grapes’: Marijuana community divided over proposed crackdown on pot dealers

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While police and some policymakers call for more enforcement, many consumers say they still need the illicit market around.

Spotlight

Mass. marijuana industry is mostly corporate and white. Inside one Boston battle to change that

The race to open Mattapan Square’s first pot shop raises questions about trust and who gets to cash in.

Adrian Walker

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Tito Jackson claims to own a marijuana business in which white businessmen have invested all the capital. That’s a perfect example of why equity in the state’s marijuana business is a mirage.

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In just a few days, a recreational marijuana store could be opening in Williamstown, located on the borders of New York and Vermont.

MARIJUANA MOMENT

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For the first time, congressional Democrats held a policy retreat that featured a panel dedicated entirely to marijuana reform and the need to repair the harms of the war on drugs.

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Cannabis retailers should prepare themselves for a minimum doubling of sales on April 20, the stoner’s Fourth of July, according to new data.

MARIJUANA MOMENT

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Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday that he would prefer that Congress enact legislation allowing states to legalize marijuana instead of continuing the current approach.

MARIJUANA MOMENT

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Military veterans in legalized states would be shielded from losing their federal benefits for marijuana use under a bipartisan bill that was filed in Congress Wednesday.

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A proposed task force would help police and prosecutors with leads on unlicensed sellers.

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Entrepreneurs are working to meet the demand for customers interested in a more hands-on experience with growing pot.

Opinion

EDITORIAL

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There appears to be no easy way forward in East Boston that won’t muddle the city’s rules on marijuana even more.

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Investment adviser accused of soliciting millions in medical marijuana scheme

Altogether, Secretary of State William Galvin’s office said, investors have “lost control of more than $8 million in assets, while seeing no returns on their investments.”

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Mainstream retailers are leaping into the world of products like skin creams and oils that tout such benefits as reducing anxiety and helping you sleep.

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An old industrial building in southwestern Vermont could be turned into a medical marijuana and hemp processing plant.

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Marijuana has already started to see an investment boom thanks to easing rules around the world.

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A new exchange-traded fund focused on marijuana stocks plans to undercut competitors when it debuts just days before an unofficial pot holiday.

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A former US bond trader turned medical marijuana evangelist sees cannabis cash starting to flow faster this year in Brazil, where imported CBD is the only legal game in town.

MARIJUANA MOMENT

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Most people who use marijuana report that consuming before or after exercising improves the experience and aids in recovery.

Alternative Therapies Group in Salem.

Salem marijuana dispensary will no longer require appointments to get inside

Alternative Therapies Group, which resumed its recreational sales last week, had the appointment system in place since opening in December.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/04/11/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/AFP_1FD6WF.jpg Maine drug counselor pleads guilty to marijuana conspiracy charges

A Maine woman who worked as a certified drug counselor has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture more than 50 marijuana plants.

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Year after year, Nebraska’s conservative lawmakers have rejected measures calling for limited and highly regulated medical marijuana.

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A top Chicago prosecutor says she hopes to begin expunging minor cannabis convictions in the coming months.

Darci Marriott/Globe Staff

All 2020 presidential candidates now support marijuana legalization efforts — even the Republicans

Bill Clinton “didn’t inhale” marijuana, and it was Obama’s “mistake,” but now all 12 official Democratic candidates told the Globe they support full nationwide legalization, Canada-style.

Maps & Resources

Are recreational marijuana shops preparing to open in your town? Check our maps

Data released by the Cannabis Control Commission show where marijuana operators have set up shop and where they hope to.

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A review of local restrictions heightens concerns that the early adult-use pot market will be smaller than many consumers expected.

Globe Magazine

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From ganja-friendly getaways to weed-enhanced yoga, a look at the new pot leisure economy.

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FILE - This Sept. 11, 2018 file photo shows a marijuana plant in the coastal mountain range of San Luis Obispo, Calif. A group of Democratic state lawmakers are proposing major tax cuts for the marijuana industry to jump-start's California's sluggish legal marketplace. The bill Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Oakland and others introduced Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 would for the next three years eliminate the state's $148 per pound cultivation tax and reduce the state's 15 percent excise tax on retail sales to 11 percent. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

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