Watch: Massachusetts Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Laws and Regulation

Where We Are and Where We Are Going

With the passage of the 2016 referendum legalizing the adult use and regulated sale of cannabis and proposed critical changes to the referendum in Massachusetts pending now before the Legislature, the regulatory environment for cannabis is changing in Massachusetts.

Foley Hoag presented a webinar that examines the current Massachusetts regulatory framework for both medical and adult use operators, and what we can anticipate in the months ahead.

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First Things First

The rewriting of the Massachusetts recreational marijuana law might be a two-step process. This week, the Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy announced that it may split its legislative recommendations across two separate bills so the legislature can tackle the most pressing issues without further delay. As Senate President Stanley Rosenberg explained, priority items (i.e., establishing the agencies and a regulatory structure) must be resolved as soon as possible. Less time-sensitive issues,… More

Jesse Alderman Publishes Guest Column in Cannabis Business Times

Jesse Alderman recently published a guest column in the Cannabis Business Times entitled “Massachusetts’ Marijuana Mandate: The Bay State’s New Start.” Click here to read the article.

It’s probably a losing battle, but the Auditor and Lowell Sun Agree: Keep regulation with the Treasurer

Auditor Suzanne Bump and the Lowell Sun ed board agree with our prior posts explaining why adult use cannabis regulation should remain with the State Treasurer:

Lowell Sun Article. More

Say What? Sen Jehlen Wants to Eliminate the Medical Head Start.

Out of nowhere, Sen. Patricia Jehlen, chair of the Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, tells the Boston Globe that she wants to eliminate the one-year head start that the adult use referendum gives to experienced medical marijuana operators to apply for licenses. She tells the Globe:

But there are areas where Jehlen is keen to see the law changed. One is leveling the playing field, so medical marijuana companies don’t have what Jehlen called “an artificial leg up” in the retail market.… More

Upcoming Webinar: Massachusetts Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Laws and Regulation

Where We Are and Where We Are Going

With the passage of the 2016 referendum legalizing the adult use and regulated sale of cannabis and proposed critical changes to the referendum in Massachusetts pending now before the Legislature, the regulatory environment for cannabis is changing in Massachusetts.

Join us on Tuesday, May 9 for a webinar that will examine the current Massachusetts regulatory framework for both medical and adult use operators,… More

Marijuanaville v. Margaritaville: Registering Trademarks For Chemically Induced Mental Paradises

Although marijuana is becoming legal to varying degrees in an increasing number of states, your chances of getting a marijuana trademark registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) are still grim. In order to register a trademark with the PTO, the applicant has to show that the goods or services with which the mark will be used are permitted under federal law. Therefore, until marijuana gets reclassified by or removed from the federal Controlled Substances Act,… More

Marijuana taxes could bring in $64M in the first year

Earlier this March, officials from the Department of Revenue testified in front of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, providing the first public estimate of the expected tax revenue from adult use marijuana sales. The numbers are significant. Massachusetts could expect between $45 million and $83 million in tax revenue during the first 12 months of the program. In the second year, tax revenues could rise to between $93 million and $172 million on sales ranging from $707 million to $1.312 billion.… More

An “Independent” Commission: A Bad Idea Whose Time Has Apparently Come

The Boston Globe reports that the Legislature is very likely to strip the State Treasurer of Authority to appoint and oversee the Cannabis Control Commission in favor of an “independent” Commission funded by licensing fees and appointed by various state elected officials. The model appears to be the controversial Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

I explained here why the Gaming Commission is not a good model for the regulation of cannabis in the Commonwealth.… More