Business Featured

Reader Poll: Should Recreational Marijuana Shops be Considered Essential?

Last month Governor Baker issued an emergency order that required all employers who do not provide COVID-19 essential services to close their physical workplaces to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Industries that are exempt include healthcare, public safety, groceries and take-out restaurants, utilities and infrastructure. The list does not include recreational marijuana shops, which Read More…

Government Health & Environment

Gov. Baker’s Vaping Ban May Be Overturned for Medical Marijuana Users

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins has ruled it should be the Commonwealth’s Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) that decides the fate of vaping for medical marijuana users in the state, not Gov. Charlie Baker, who enacted a four-month statewide temporary ban on vaping on September 24, 2019. According to Wilkins, the ban on all vaping Read More…

Featured Health & Environment Meetings

Recreational Marijuana Sales Proposed at Downtown Boston Milk Street Site

Patriot Care, the cannabis dispensary on 21 Milk St., made their case this week to add recreational adult-use sales to their existing medical-use license. The company has been operating in downtown Boston for three years, along with two other locations in Lowell and Greenfield, Massachusetts. City officials hosted a well-attended community outreach meeting on the Read More…

Business Featured Government

Council Pushes Ahead With Cannabis Industry Regulations

The Boston City Council is pushing ahead with their goals to make the growing marijuana industry more equitable for all residents of Boston. The council held a working session over councilor Kim Janey’s proposed ordinance regarding the industry Tuesday morning.  “We have to be intentional about our desire to equity,” said Janey at the working Read More…

Government

Councilor Kim Janey Develops New Ordinance for Marijuana Industry

City Councilor Kim Janey recently introduced a draft of a new ordinance ensuring equity for minority business owners when it comes to the marijuana industry. The ordinance calls for the development of an equity program in which marijuana business equity applicants must meet three out of the following five guidelines: A person who has resided Read More…

Community Featured

Reader Poll: Should There Be Buffer Zones Between Dispensaries / Liquor Stores and Recovery Centers?

Boston City Council is considering creating a buffer zone that would restrict how close marijuana dispensaries and liquor stores can be to recovery facilities. Regulations already enforced on these businesses say they must be at least half a mile apart from one another and cannot be within 500 feet of a school. Opponents of a Read More…

Community Government

City Council Considers Buffer Zones for Marijuana Dispensaries

The Boston City Council considered putting restrictions on marijuana dispensaries and liquor stores opening near rehabilitation facilities at their meeting on Tuesday morning. District One Councilor Lydia Edwards said she is not against marijuana, in fact she voted in favor of legalizing it; however, she wants to make sure there are rules and regulations to Read More…

Business Featured

City Smoke Shop Opens at 87 Salem Street in Boston’s North End

City Smoke Shop opened recently in the third retail spot at the former True Value Hardware Store location, joining Knockout Boxing and the Luxie Nail Spa. The smoke shop offers traditional cigarette, cigar and chewing tobacco along with the more recent smoking innovations including Vape, JUUL and CBD oil. Cannabidiol—CBD—is a cannabis compound touting pain relief, but Read More…

Business Government

City Council Hearing on Proximity of Alcohol and Cannabis Businesses to Recovery Facilities

City Councilor Lydia Edwards is calling a hearing to assess Boston’s regulations of bars, liquor stores and cannabis establishments near substance abuse treatment facilities. The hearing will discuss the current siting requirements for businesses serving these products and consider an update to the distance-based buffers while creating fairness between industries, according to Edwards. Right now, Read More…

Police & Fire

Drug Trafficking Scheme Indictments Come Down on North Ender and Associates

Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has indicted North Enders Gerald Esposito (age 40), Anthony Vigorito (age 54), and Anthony Ascenzo (age 61) in a drug trafficking scheme along with several defendants from Revere and elsewhere. The investigation began in March 2011 and focused on the activities of Esposito with allegations of drug dealing in the North Read More…