Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


Week in Review: MA adult-use cannabis stores reopening, High Times deal unravels, Acreage ‘reset’ & more

Massachusetts recreational marijuana retail stores will be allowed to reopen May 25, but sales will be limited to curbside pickup and online or telephone orders. MJBizDaily takeaway: This ends an expensive shutdown and a sore point for rec store operators in Massachusetts, who have seen counterparts across the country generally treated as essential businesses. Gov. Charlie […]

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Massachusetts recreational cannabis stores to reopen in a week

After a two-month shutdown in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Massachusetts adult-use marijuana retail stores can once again serve customers starting May 25 – though sales will be limited to curbside pickup and online or telephone orders. The announcement is a major development for cannabis store owners, who: Had worried they might not be allowed […]

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Week in Review: US House passes relief bill with cannabis banking, MO permit probe extends, ME lifts residency mandate & more

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation allowing banks to serve cannabis companies by wrapping the measure into a $3 trillion coronavirus economic relief package. The massive economic stimulus bill, proposed by House Democrats, includes language from the SAFE Banking Act, which was previously approved by the House last September and is aimed at guaranteeing […]

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Massachusetts preparing to allow recreational marijuana delivery

Applications for Massachusetts cannabis businesses that want to deliver recreational MJ will be available later this month, even though adult-use sales are on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission will release license applications on May 28 for businesses hoping to transport marijuana from retailers to residences, Boston.com reported. Deliveries wouldn’t begin until adult-use […]

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Liquor-focused Massachusetts firm launches medical marijuana delivery platform

The entrepreneurs behind Boston-based Drizly, which has long specialized in distributing alcohol to consumers, are branching out into medical cannabis home deliveries through a new company called Lantern. The new service could give its MMJ retail partners an even bigger boost in sales, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. According to Masslive.com, Lantern was started by the […]

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Coronavirus sparks marijuana retail workers to try unionizing in Illinois, Massachusetts

The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated unionization efforts at a handful of cannabis stores and dispensaries in Illinois and Massachusetts that, if successful, could result in thousands of dollars in added staffing costs for the multistate operators that own the establishments. Safety concerns are among the issues spurring the unionization efforts, as well as pay, benefits, […]

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Livestreaming, digital ads help cannabis businesses keep their brands on consumers’ minds

Many marijuana brands have relied on in-store pop-ups and educating budtenders about their products to reach consumers. But as cannabis customers increasingly order products online for delivery or pickup – and with the expectation that these habits will persist after the coronavirus pandemic is under control – marijuana brands should consider more direct ways to reach […]

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New report analyzes US wholesale cannabis prices across the nation

In the video clip below, Bart Schaneman, cultivation and extraction reporter for Marijuana Business Daily, summarizes pre-coronavirus pandemic wholesale prices for the U.S. recreational and medical cannabis markets. To provide a more in-depth look at how wholesale prices vary from state to state – including price comparisons and supply-and-demand analysis – Schaneman compiled his reporting into a […]

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Week in Review: Canopy Growth closes cannabis grows, COVID-19 reshaping MJ business models, MA rec shops take a hit & more

Canopy Growth’s new CEO said the once high-flying marijuana giant is shuttering additional cannabis cultivation facilities in Africa, Canada, Colombia and the United States. MJBizDaily takeaway: The Canadian company’s retrenchment offers lessons for other cannabis operators with overseas aspirations: There are few federally regulated markets outside Canada that are fully functional today. Most markets, including […]

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How lack of tourism during COVID-19 is affecting cannabis retailers in certain markets

Marijuana retail businesses in markets that depend on travelers and tourism for at least a portion of their sales are being forced to pivot in response to the coronavirus pandemic in part by appealing more to local customers. Stay-at-home orders in U.S. states have pushed marijuana company executives to rethink business strategies that appeal to tourists, […]

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Chart: Forced store closures hit Massachusetts marijuana retailers to the tune of $2 million per day

Lost recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts stemming from forced store closures already could amount to $40 million among the state’s cannabis retailers, underscoring business owners’ need to be strategic about their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Massachusetts adult-use marijuana retailers, which were forced to close on March 24 by the governor, might be missing out […]

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Massachusetts marijuana commission member stepping down

Kay Doyle is leaving her spot on the commission that regulates medical and recreational cannabis in Massachusetts. Doyle, who was appointed to the Cannabis Control Commission when it was created in 2017, will leave the agency May 8 to return to the private sector, the Cannabis Control Commission announced Monday. Doyle was appointed to her three-year […]

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