A Colorado federal jury sided last week with a cannabis cultivation business owner against his neighbor in one of the first Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) lawsuits against a cannabis grower to reach a jury verdict in the nation. The plaintiffs in Reilly v. 6480 Pickney brought suit under the federal RICO statute, arguing that certain predicate acts related to marijuana cultivation led to odors and noises emanating from the defendant’s business facility that had damaged plaintiffs’… More
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With July 1st now fully in the rear-view mirror, we thought it would be a good time to update you on the latest developments at the Cannabis Control Commission. Earlier this month, the Commission approved two final retail licences for businesses in Northampton and Leicester. These represent the very first final adult-use retail licenses awarded in the Commonwealth. With this, Massachusetts residents should expect adult-use retail shops to open to the public within a matter of weeks. … More
GFA Federal Credit Union, a Massachusetts credit union with headquarters in Gardner, will become the first financial institution in the Commonwealth to serve the recreational cannabis industry by offering banking services to cannabis companies. This represents a major step forward for companies in the Commonwealth’s burgeoning recreational cannabis industry, as previously most companies resorted to running cash-only operations without being able to offer customers the benefits of credit or debit purchases. … More
Attorney Jesse Alderman speaks to Cannabis Business Times about municipalities’ Host Community Agreements and offers tips on scoring an adult-use license.
“The cities and towns hold so much power in deciding when and to whom to give these Host Community Agreements,” he says. “The whole ballgame is at the municipal level in Massachusetts as I see it.”
With July 1st in the rear-view mirror and provisional licenses spreading throughout the Commonwealth, we thought now would be a good time for an update on the status of federal law enforcement’s unenviable task of enforcing the federal prohibition against marijuana in a state that has decriminalized the drug. First a quick history lesson: recall that in 2013, the Obama administration released the Cole memorandum, a document meant to provide guidance to federal law enforcement in those state jurisdictions that had decriminalized marijuana. … More
Although the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has begun awarding provisional, adult-use licenses to some entities in the Commonwealth as of July 1, only one retail license has been awarded and, to date, no retail stores have yet opened for business. One large impediment to opening retail stores is the statutory requirement that all cannabis sold in the Commonwealth for adult use be tested by an independent testing laboratory, which itself must be licensed as such by the Commission. … More
Pursuant to the legislature’s direction, the Cannabis Control Commission can start issuing adult use licenses after June 1 and the Commission has indicated that they will start issuing licenses soon.
We expect that a handful of previously medical-only cannabis dispensaries that are awarded adult use licenses will be dispensing both adult use and medical cannabis on July 1 or shortly thereafter. The lines will be very long. … More
Governor Charlie Baker has recently signed a bill that substantially reworks the voter-approved 2016 referendum legalizing a regulated market for adult-use cannabis – and now licensing of adult use establishments is just eight short months away.
Foley Hoag presented a webinar that examines the recent changes to the Massachusetts regulatory framework for both medical and adult use operators enacted by the Legislature in its omnibus cannabis legislation, Chapter 55 of the Acts of 2017.… More
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