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The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
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There's a shortage of attorneys willing to take child welfare cases in western Massachusetts, and state legislators are trying to address the issue. 

Steve Hoffman, chair of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, in a file photo.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Marijuana regulators in Massachusetts are inching closer to finalizing regulations for the state's new industry. 

Federal immigration officers will continue their practice of going into federal, state and local courthouses seeking to arrest undocumented immigrants, despite the objections of immigrant advocates and some judges, including the chief justice of California.

In a two-page policy directive signed by the deputy director of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Thomas Homan, agents will take

A Hadley, Massachusetts, police car.
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A grand jury has indicted a Hadley, Massachusetts, policeman after the U.S. Department of Justice accused him of using excessive force when he broke a man's nose.

Boston Public Schools is coming under fire from immigration advocates over concerns about the sharing of student information with federal immigration officials.

A rifle with a bump stock, which will soon be illegal to own in Massachusetts.
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Under a new law, Massachusetts gun owners have until Wednesday, Jan. 31 to relinquish bump stocks, which allow rifles to be fired more rapidly.

More than 200 people turned up at the corner of Washington and School Streets to the SEIU immigrant rally in reaction to statements made by President Trump threatening to strip federal funding from so-called "sanctuary cities."
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Lawrence, Massachusetts, and Burlington, Vermont, are two of 23 jurisdictions that received a letter from the U.S. Justice Department threatening to pull certain federal grant funds if the communities cannot prove they comply with federal immigration authorities.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling sits down with members of the media in his office on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Opioid crimes are his top drug enforcement priority, but U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling told reporters Wednesday that his enforcement of federal marijuana laws could ensnare anyone from an hourly wage employee at a marijuana dispensary to a bank that opens an account for a pot shop.

Marijuana.
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Almost exactly a year after voters in Massachusetts legalized recreational marijuana, pot sales faced a reckoning in the town of Longmeadow.

Vermont has become the first state in the nation to legalize marijuana through an act of the Legislature.

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