You can’t own more than 3 pot shops, but these companies are testing the limit — and bragging about it

No firm is allowed to own or control more than three recreational marijuana stores. But two companies — Sea Hunter and Acreage — are testing the limits.

Spotlight Follow

// Massachusetts marijuana regulators investigating whether companies violated license limits

State regulators said they are investigating whether large marijuana companies are violating license limits and potentially making it harder for independent entrepreneurs to compete.

What happened to Aaron Hernandez?

Coverage: Aaron Hernandez on trial

The former Patriot was put on trial — and convicted — in the 2013 killing of associate Odin Lloyd.


// Listen to ‘Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.’

The Spotlight Team’s series looks at the path Hernandez took from Bristol, Conn., to a life sentence in a Mass. prison.

Spotlight Follow

// Aaron Hernandez was emotional, yet hopeful after arrest, new phone calls show

The recordings included conversations with his fiancee and his mother. The release of the calls prompted Terri Hernandez to make a rare public statement.


// Inmate: Hernandez high on K2 for 2 days before suicide

New information that had been redacted by prison officials expands on previous reports of drug use by the former Patriot.

// 10 key points from the Spotlight Team series

The report the story of a profoundly troubled young man and the ugly underside of America’s most popular sport.

// A double life revealed through text messages

Texts between Aaron Hernandez and his teammates and coaches show just how much he was spinning out of control.

// Listen to some of Hernandez’s phone calls from jail

At the time of the conversations, Hernandez was just 24 years old and still hopeful about his future.

Episode 7

// I Was The One

Why did the thieves take those 13 pieces? The answer to that question could tell us so much.

Episode 6

// Befriend + Betray

Did the Boston FBI sabotage another bureau agent’s undercover bid to recover the paintings?

The Globe and WBUR are re-examining this epic theft and digging up new details. Come along on this 10-part adventure, analyze the evidence, and posit your own theories.

Episode 8

// Flim-Flammer

Did a serial con artist from Swampscott rob the Gardner Museum?

The Globe's investigative journalism

Celebrating The Boston Globe's first Pulitzer Prize in 1966 were, from left (front row): Bob Healy, Washington bureau chief; Tom Winship, editor; (back row) reporters Joseph M Harvey; Martin Nolan; Anson “Bud” Smith; Richard Connolly; and editorial page editor Charles Whipple.

Globe File/1966

A distinguished history of digging up the truth

A short history of investigative reporting at The Boston Globe. It’s played a defining role in the pages of this newspaper since the 1960s.

More from the archives

The desperate and the dead

The state’s failed mental health care system has led to a public safety crisis, including scores of murders by disturbed people, police shootings, and embattled institutions from courts to hospitals confronting a tidal wave of mentally ill people.

How to give a tip

//[1]-0091.jpg Contact the Globe Spotlight Team

Information for the team’s tip-line, e-mail, PGP key, and USPS mail.

Inside 'Spotlight'

// The movie and the investigations

A look at The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, its award-winning investigative coverage, and the movie based on its reporting on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Previous investigations

State Police OT scandal (2018)

State Police overtime scandal

An investigation found that dozens of active and retired troopers allegedly put in for overtime shifts they didn’t work.

The Boston Marathon bombings (2013)


Coverage of two blasts that shook the city, killing 3 and injuring at least 170, and the ensuing manhunt resulting in the death of a MIT police officer, the death of one suspect, and the capture of another.