Vermont ruling says scent of burnt marijuana is not probable cause for search, seizure

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Activists say the case is a “step toward eliminating racial disparities.”

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The company hopes to build a multilevel recreational marijuana shop.

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If you’re acting loopy during a traffic stop and your car smells like pot, police can arrest you for driving under the influence of marijuana.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo sits with her husband Andy during inauguration ceremonies at the State House in Providence, R.I., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Rhode Island governor proposes legalizing marijuana

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo says she will formally propose in her budget this week that the Ocean State end cannabis prohibition.

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Surterra Wellness said the acquisition is considered “one of the largest” in the US cannabis industry.

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.

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State law caps the value of payments to municipalities, which are intended to offset the costs of hosting a marijuana business, at 3 percent of each firm’s annual revenue.

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Dreams of a reinvented Cleveland Circle collided with fears of widespread marijuana use at a meeting Monday night in Brighton.

Andrew Mutty and Keith Laham are co-owners of Beantown Greentown, a marijuana cultivation and clothing company.

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What’s in a name: Marijuana companies hope to break through the haze

As more cannabis businesses emerge in Massachusetts, they face one of the most important tasks of starting up: choosing a name.

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“I think the current situation is untenable and really has to be addressed. It’s almost like a backdoor nullification of federal law,” attorney general nominee William Barr said at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

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Anecdotes about the harmful risks of marijuana can make compelling cases, but they do not necessarily lead to thoughtful outcomes.

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Four lawmakers in Maine are floating bills that would seal or expunge the records of people with past marijuana convictions.

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A bill that would federally decriminalize marijuana and create a system for regulating marijuana products has been filed in Congress with a rather fitting moniker.

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If you want to grow good marijuana, you’ll have to work for it.

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Kentucky Republican state senator Dan Seum was given a bottle of Oxycontin when he was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago. He “threw it in the garbage can and went home and smoked a joint.”

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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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