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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."

By adamg - 9/8/19 - 2:59 pm

The city holds a meeting tomorrow on a proposed marijuana establishment at 3995-3997 Washington St. - better known now as the bodega with the giant cat mural on the Archdale Road side. Read more.

By adamg - 7/31/19 - 12:42 pm

Normally, Zoning Board of Appeals Chairwoman Christine Araujuo opens the board's biweekly hearings with mundane requests to turn off cell phones and to take conversations outside and with a reminder that the hearings are being video recorded. Yesterday, though, she added a plea to the crowded room: Read more.

By adamg - 7/24/19 - 2:53 pm

The Globe reports. The owner of the proposed shop is converting to Judaism; the landlord is Jewish.

By adamg - 6/26/19 - 5:18 pm

Boston Police report arresting two men and a teenager on charges related to the guns and plastic bags of marijuana they left behind while fleeing cops investigating a break-in report at 811 Hyde Park Ave., across from American Legion Highway, late Tuesday. Read more.

By adamg - 5/24/19 - 1:36 pm

China Pearl, 9 Tyler St., got a formal warning yesterday not to allow any more pot-infused meals, at least not while such things are still banned in Boston. Read more.

By adamg - 4/9/19 - 12:13 pm

The owners of a marijuana shop proposed for Maverick Square decided not to risk going before a zoning board short one member today and requested and got a deferral until July 9, to make their case before a full, seven-member board. Read more.

By adamg - 3/26/19 - 10:42 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved marijuana shops at 430-454 Blue Hill Ave. in Grove Hall and 591 Albany St. in the South End.

In both cases, the approval does not mean the shops can actually open, only that they can now apply to the state Cannabis Control Commission, which would have to decide whether to grant licenses. Read more.

By adamg - 3/26/19 - 4:21 pm

A decision by the mayor's office to approve two marijuana shops less than a half mile apart - in potential violation of a city ordinance - sparked an unusually volatile Zoning Board of Appeal meeting today, during which the board chairman slammed his gavel to the table to restore order at one point, not long after he yelled at a city councilor that she was out of order. Read more.

By adamg - 3/23/19 - 5:14 pm

Brookline Police report things went pretty smoothly at the Brookline Village herbarium on its first day selling recreational marijuana:

BPD found limited disruption to area from 9 am opening, coordination went well. Schedule ahead worked, thus lines had less impact on pedestrian traffic. Mbta service not affected, heavy media presence. Overall successful 1st morning as a result of planning

By adamg - 3/22/19 - 9:23 am

The Beacon Hill Times reports the owners of the medical-marijuana dispensary on Milk Street want to move to larger quarters at 304 Stuart St. - where the Mooncusser seafood restaurant is now - so that they can add a showroom to earn some of that sweet, sweet recreational-marijuana money. Read more.

By adamg - 3/19/19 - 12:14 pm

Jamaica Plain News reports AAA Appliances on Centre Street, near the Monument, could be replaced by a pot shop, if approved by the city and state. The appliance store would then move somewhere else, either in JP or West Roxbury. Read more.

By adamg - 3/15/19 - 4:19 pm

The state Cannabis Control Commission today granted permission to NETA to open its expand its existing medical dispensary in Brookline Village to sales of recreational pot starting Tuesday.

The dispensary is in the big old bank building at the corner of Washington Street and Rte. 9.

By adamg - 3/14/19 - 10:51 pm
Mike Ross explains marijuana proposal

Company lawyer and former City Councilor Mike Ross talks as company treasurer Brendan McKee listens.

A company about to open its first pot shop in Williamstown hopes to come to the other side of the state and turn a gardening and flower shop on American Legion Highway in Roslindale into a dispensary that would offer pot to both medicinal users and people who just want to get high. Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/19 - 5:32 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeals yesterday approved pot shops proposed for Brookline Avenue in the Fenway and Hyde Square in Jamaica Plain.

The rulings mean the applicants can now go to the state Cannabis Control Commission to seek a license to open. Read more.

By adamg - 2/11/19 - 10:53 pm
Edibles and money found at South Boston store

Photo of some of the confiscated goods by BPD.

The owner of King Smoke Shop, 600 East Broadway in South Boston, was arrested along with one of his clerks today on charges they were selling marijuana cigarettes, THC and edibles that included pot-laced gummy worms. Read more.

By adamg - 2/6/19 - 1:12 pm

Councilor Kim Janey (Roxbury) today proposed giving minority Boston entrepreneurs a two-year head start on getting local marijuana licenses as a way to address past wrongs in the war on drugs and to help ensure at least some of the profits from the lucrative business stay local. Read more.

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