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Massachusetts lawmakers file legislation to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms, other plants

Related Articles First it was marijuana decriminalization. Could psychedelic mushrooms and other plants be next in Massachusetts? Two bills have been filed at the State House to end arrests for psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, mescaline and ibogaine in the Bay State. This push for decriminalization at the state level comes after some cities, including Somerville and […]

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Massachusetts $181,722 pot boss past weeded out

After failing to publicly disclose the chairwoman’s prior involvement in a massive outdoor marijuana growing operation, the state’s Cannabis Control Commission has determined their boss is no longer doing business in the industry she regulates. “Can you unequivocally state that Ms. O’Brien owns no ownership stake in Greenfield Greenery?” Commissioner Kimberly Roy asked commission staff […]

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Massachusetts adds marijuana education to driving school, the first recreational cannabis state to adopt curriculum

Related Articles Four years after the Bay State’s first recreational pot shops opened, the state is adding weed education to its driving school curriculum. Massachusetts is the first recreational-use cannabis state to adopt, “Shifting Gears: the Blunt Truth about Marijuana and Driving,” a AAA curriculum that teaches teens about the risks of cannabis-impaired driving. The […]

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U.S. Senate rejects cannabis banking bill

Related Articles The latest effort to let legal cannabis business open checking accounts and accept credit cards has failed, due to U.S. Senate opposition, leaving proponents to try to find another way to get the bill through Congress. The Secure and Fair Enforcement, or SAFE, Banking Act, was excised from the National Defense Authorization Act, […]

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2 arrested in Tewksbury for alleged fentanyl trafficking

TEWKSBURY — An investigation by the Tewksbury Police Narcotics Unit at a known hot spot for drug activity led to the arrest of two men on fentanyl trafficking charges on Thursday. Jeffrey Gutierrez, 32, of Lawrence, and Nathan Leach, 45, of Sanford, Maine, were both charged with trafficking in more than 10 grams of fentanyl […]

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Editorial: Health studies cast shadow on weed

Massachusetts has often been described as a nanny state, cosseting its citizens with overprotective policies. But sometimes the nanny takes a day off. The commonwealth banned flavored tobacco and vapes in 2019 after a rise in suspected lung injuries from vaping. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Weedology 101: College cannabis classes spring up across Massachusetts

Related Articles Your old weed dealer may be giving lectures at a professor’s podium sometime soon. Colleges across the region are turning to the pot business as a growth opportunity. “As a growing industry in Massachusetts, obviously, after legalization, the demand for jobs and highly qualified people skyrocketed — that’s what we were hearing from […]

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Kremlin: Any talks about Griner swap must be confidential

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Wednesday kept the door open for talks on a possible swap involving jailed U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner but reiterated that any such discussions must be kept strictly confidential. A Russian court on Tuesday rejected Griner’s appeal against her nine-year prison sentence for drug possession. The eight-time all-star center […]

Kamala Harris: ‘Nobody should have to go to jail for smoking weed, right?’

Related Articles Kamala Harris used her first late-night network TV appearance since becoming vice president to reflect on how her life has changed since she got the job — including a shortage of emojis — and to talk up the need to vote in the midterm elections. Harris, appearing early Tuesday on NBC’s “Late Night […]

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Biden pardons thousands for ‘simple possession’ of marijuana

Related Articles By ZEKE MILLER and CHRIS MEGERIAN WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is pardoning thousands of Americans convicted of “simple possession” of marijuana under federal law, as his administration takes a dramatic step toward decriminalizing the drug and addressing charging practices that disproportionately impact people of color. Biden’s move also covers thousands convicted […]

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