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  1. Ron Strider

    MA: Governor Baker Cautious About Federal Medical Marijuana Requests

    The federal government is asking the state of Massachusetts to turn over information on the 40,000 patients who were prescribed medical marijuana. The request coming from the White House's National Marijuana initiative has Governor Charlie Baker concerned. Some of the data requested is...
  2. Ron Strider

    MA: Charlie Baker Makes Pick For Marijuana Commission

    Gov. Charlie Baker will tap state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, a Leominster Democrat, for a spot on the state's new Cannabis Control Commission, putting in place the first member of the powerful new panel. Flanagan, who has served in the Senate since 2008 and opposed the ballot question legalizing...
  3. Ron Strider

    MA: Baker Picks For Pot Advisory Board Include Anti-Pot Police Chief

    Governor Charlie Baker on Friday appointed five people the state's Cannabis Advisory Board, a group of experts who will help regulators draw up detailed rules and policies for the forthcoming recreational marijuana industry. Under revisions to last year's marijuana ballot initiative that...
  4. K

    Eight Reasons That Investors Are Backing Cannabis Startups

    What can $3.5 million in funding get you? The top slot as the most venture-capitalist-backed company in the cannabis industry. Last week, Baker, a marketing-automation platform, announced that it had secured a $1.6 million extension to its August 2016 seed round – bringing its total raised...
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    MA: Marijuana Legalization Group Lashes Gov. Charlie Baker Over Comment

    Marijuana legalization proponents on Thursday ripped Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker for saying the state is in somewhat of a "no man's land" after voters approved recreational use of the substance in November. Jim Borghesani, a spokesman for the "Yes on 4" coalition, which pushed the...
  6. K

    Two Retirees Create Marijuana Packaging Business In Colorado

    The legal marijuana business has created a multibillion-dollar industry, including some interesting side ventures and spinoffs, and even unlikely entrepreneurs have found lucrative niches. Among them are Deb Baker, a retired high school teacher, and Barb Diner, a former marketing executive...
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    Massachusetts Governor Baker Delays Cannabis Retail Licenses

    Achieving state-level legalization of marijuana is often just the first hurdle for prospective retailers. While Massachusetts legalized the recreational use of marijuana in December 2016, it will apparently be some time before cannabis retail stores open there. On Dec. 30, 2016, Gov. Charlie...
  8. K

    MA: On Marijuana, What's Another Six Months?

    Someone whose name sounds like a truck part once sang, "Take it slow, it'll work itself out fine. All we need is just a little patience." Patience, however, may be in short supply. House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg's familiarity with the song catalog of Guns...
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    MA: Statehouse Roundup - What's The Rush On Marijuana?

    Someone whose name sounds like a truck part once sang, "Take it slow, it'll work itself out fine. All we need is just a little patience." Patience, however, may be in short supply. House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg's familiarity with the song catalogue of...
  10. K

    Legal Marijuana Begins In Massachusetts

    Smoke it, grow it, bake it. Even wrap it in a box with a bow on top and give it to a friend. Just don't sell it. Not yet, anyway. Marijuana became legal in Massachusetts Dec. 15, but there's still a long way to go before the somewhat hazy vision of ballot activists becomes a reality...
  11. K

    MA: Baker Wants Pot Law Implemented 'Briskly'

    After Massachusetts voters said yes to legalizing marijuana Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker, an outspoken opponent of the referendum, said he wants a more efficient process of permitting retail pot shops than the extensive procedures the state engaged in to implement medical marijuana. "By the...
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    MA: Charlie Baker - Lengthy 'To Do' List For Marijuana Legalization

    Boston - Gov. Charlie Baker pledged Wednesday to honor the will of the voters on the legalization of marijuana, but said he would seek assurances that the new law is safely implemented. Massachusetts was among at least three U.S. states added Tuesday to the small but growing list of states...
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    MA: City Council Preps For Marijuana Legalization If It Happens

    Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley has not decided how she will vote on the November referendum on legalized recreational marijuana, but Wednesday, she pressed city officials to begin thinking about ways to equitably implement the measure, should it pass. At the weekly council meeting...
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    MA: Pols' Support Could Steer Pot Vote

    Gov. Charlie Baker is a couple of $20 bills short of $4 million in his campaign account. Mayor Martin J. Walsh has set the annual fundraising record by an incumbent mayor - twice. And Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo set his own fundraising record this year, eclipsing the mark set by ...