Brookline-03/23/19 The New England Treatment Access opend as the first marijuana shop in greater Boston Saturday morning. Lines of custumers wait outside next to the building. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

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Brookline recreational marijuana shop says lines are under control as most customers reserve ahead of time

Three days into recreational marijuana sales in Brookline, New England Treatment Access leaders say their wait times have been — at most — about an hour long.

// Brookline recreational marijuana shop opening not the ‘apocalypse’ predicted

“I guess this is a situation where you hope for the best and plan for the worst,” said Brookline Selectman Neil Wishinsky, “and the best is coming true.”

// As Brookline pot retailer opens, others look for lessons

New England Treatment Access’s opening on Saturday marks a new era in Greater Boston: Marijuana will be accessible to Bostonians who rely on public transit.


// Connecticut lawmakers approve marijuana legalization bill in key committee

The General Law Committee, which is one of two panels that heard testimony about legalization legislation last week, voted 10 to 8 to advance the bill.

// Malden smoke shop investigated for ‘gifting’ marijuana

Authorities said the Maplewood Square store sold pot “under the guise of a gift.”

// Rhode Island lawmakers review proposal on marijuana legalization

The Rhode Island Senate Finance and Judiciary committees have held their first joint hearing on a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana.


// US Postal Service issues advisory on mailing hemp-derived CBD

The US Postal Service quietly issued an advisory earlier this month clarifying rules around mailing cannabis preparations, saying that “some CBD products derived from industrial hemp can be mailable under specific conditions.”

// Castleton University in Vermont to offer cannabis studies certification

A Vermont university plans to offer a cannabis studies program for students starting this summer.


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Equity is still a missing piece in the legal marijuana retail puzzle

If the state wants to make good on the marijuana law’s social-equity promises, it does need to put money behind them.

In this Friday, March 22, 2019 photo, a marijuana plant is visible at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes on a measure legalizing cannabis for Monday, March 25 though the outcome remains unclear. The votes come after more than a year of mostly back-room wrangling since Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy came into office. Murphy campaigned on legalization, striking a contrast with his predecessor Republican Chris Christie. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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‘All the advantages are going to the big-money people’: Mass. and Boston inch forward on marijuana equity efforts

Dozens of marijuana advocates and business owners piled into the Boston City Council’s chambers. The session quickly devolved into a cathartic airing of grievances.

Leicester, MA, 11/19/2018 -- Brittani Beeso, 23, of Worcester purchases marijuana at the opening of Cultivate, one of the state's first two pot shops. This the first day the store can sell recreational marijuana to adults 21 and older. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 21potopen Reporter:

Windfall, they said. Why Massachusetts marijuana taxes are disappointing so far

Three months in to recreational pot sales, Massachusetts’ marijuana stores had sold less per resident than those in Nevada, Colorado, and California, according to a Globe analysis.

// Bingo and bongs: More seniors seek pot for age-related aches

Many industry officials say the fastest-growing segment of their customer base is aging baby boomers or even those a little older who are seeking to treat the maladies of old age.

// New Jersey Senate postpones vote on legal recreational pot

New Jersey lawmakers dealt a blow to the prospects of legal recreational marijuana use Monday.

// The former Uber man navigating Europe’s cannabis rules

While Europe’s cannabis market remains a byzantine puzzle of regulation, countries are embracing the medical uses of the drug at a serious clip and creating the potential for significant growth, according to the boss of one of the first movers in the industry.

// Recreational marijuana shop in Greenfield receives OK from state to open

Less than a week after opening its Lowell location, Patriot Care Corp. has state approval to begin recreational marijuana sales at a second location, this time in Greenfield.

// CVS joins cannabis wellness trend by adding CBD products

CBD has landed at CVS.

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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.

// Pot shops face bans in most of Mass.

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

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// 6 marijuana-infused things to do in New England

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


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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