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By adamg - 4/8/20 - 4:29 pm

COVID-19 Update: April 8, 2020

At his daily press conference, Gov. Baker said that while he's still hoping the federal government will come through with the hundreds of ventilators it promised Massachusetts a little over a week ago, he's not counting on it keeping its word. Read more.

By adamg - 4/8/20 - 1:58 pm

Law360 reports the operators of several marijuana stores have sued Massachusetts over Gov. Baker's determination they are not "essential" and so must remain shut until at least May 4.

By adamg - 3/31/20 - 3:04 pm

Gov. Baker says he kept recreational or adult-use marijuana shops on the list of "non-essential" businesses that can not open to the public because the last thing we need is potentially infected people driving into Massachusetts. Read more.

By adamg - 3/10/20 - 9:55 pm

NECANN, which last week said the pot show must go on, today announced its putting off its annual convention at the Hynes later this month: Read more.

By adamg - 3/6/20 - 9:44 pm

The New England Cannabis Convention announced today that it still plans to open on March 20 at the Hynes Convention Center, while the ACE Comic Convention said it is also still planning to open on March 20, at the South Boston convention center - but don't even think of hugging anybody once inside. Read more.

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By adamg - 3/5/20 - 7:50 pm

The Dorchester Reporter alerts us that Pure Oasis at 430 Blue Hill Ave. in Grove Hall got the last state OK it needed today and will open Monday.

By adamg - 3/4/20 - 3:23 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports on the five members of a new city board that will review applications for marijuana shops in the city. Read more.

By adamg - 2/13/20 - 11:08 am
Remains of a joint in the North End

A fed up citizen filed a 311 complaint about the left-over joints now littering the streets of the North End:

My dog has been eating remains of joints on the street and getting high. Please help keep clean. I found this joint in his mouth.

By adamg - 2/6/20 - 3:18 pm
Map of proposed Boston pot shops

Map of proposed pot shops city has OKed and the one (in red) that's gotten required state approval.

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission today signed off on a proposal for a company called Pure Oasis to open Boston's first recreational pot shop, at 430 Blue Hill Ave. in Grove Hall. Read more.

By adamg - 1/29/20 - 10:12 pm

WCVB reports on the opening of the first recreational pot shop in Provincetown, population 3,000, while Boston, population nearly 700,000, has yet to see any open.

By adamg - 1/10/20 - 9:17 am

The Boston Sun reports the latest on the saga of the Newbury Street dispensary that never opened, but still wants to, only now with an expanded market. Read more.

By adamg - 1/7/20 - 11:45 am

A guy who tried to get into M.J. O'Connor's, 27 Columbus Ave., with a lit blunt one night last fall responded to a doorman's request to put it out by extinguishing it - and then punching a bar worker in the face, knocking him unconscious and sparking a brawl between bar workers and his pals that police had to break up, a BPD sergeant and a bar attorney said today. Read more.

By adamg - 12/4/19 - 3:08 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday approved a Williamstown company's plans to convert City Farm on American Legion Highway into what would be Roslindale's first dispensary. Read more.

By adamg - 11/21/19 - 9:11 am

The Globe reports on a council vote yesterday for a new city cannabis board that would determine who gets licenses in Boston - with an emphasis on local, minority owners. It's the result of an agreement between Councilor Kim Janey (Roxbury) and Mayor Walsh.

Proposed ordinance (5.9M PDF).

By adamg - 11/19/19 - 11:04 am

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a recreational dispensary at 1292 Blue Hill Ave., between Fessenden and Evelyn streets. Read more.

By adamg - 11/12/19 - 9:55 am

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a one-year extension for a company that wants to open a medical-marijuana dispensary at 331A-333 Newbury St., so that it can finalize a formal "host agreement" with the mayor's office and win state approval. Read more.

By adamg - 11/5/19 - 1:17 pm

WBUR reports.

In separate vaping news, the BU News Service reports that a Boston Public School study showed vaping dropped by almost half among BPS students between 2015 and 2017.

By adamg - 9/28/19 - 10:43 am

The East Boston Times-Free Press reports the Zoning Board of Appeal gave a variance to the owners of a proposed pot shop at 71 Maverick Square, less than a half mile from another pot shop the board approved in March. Read more.

By adamg - 9/13/19 - 9:48 am
Bickerstaff

Bickerstaff explains his role in a proposed Roslindale pot shop at a community meeting in March.

UPDATE: The Globe reports Bickerstaff is quitting the zoning board.

Mayor Walsh announced this morning he's issued an edict that no city employee or appointed official can participate in a company that is seeking city approval for a marijuana-related business. Read more.

By adamg - 9/8/19 - 3:18 pm

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a meeting between residents and Patriot Care on the company's proposal to seek city and state permission to add recreational marijuana to the medical marijuana it currently sells at the city's first pot emporium, at 21 Milk St.

Residents of some of the area's tonier addresses expressed concern about downtown becoming a destination for "cannabis-related tourism."

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