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Massachusetts Rep. David Linsky urged his colleagues to advance his "extreme risk protective order" bill, which would create a process to temporarily reduce an individual's access to firearms if they pose a danger to themselves or others.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

While President Trump called for schools to be better secured, and expressed a need to address mental health issues, many in Massachusetts are calling for even stricter gun regulation. 

Marijuana advocates in Mass. say Gov. Charlie Baker is putting extraordinary pressure on the Cannabis Control Commission to force them to step back from some of their draft regulations.

The commission is proposing, in addition to cannabis retail stores, the licensing of businesses where customers could purchase and consume marijuana products. Baker’s call to “go slow” comes as the commission is set to finalize those regulations.

Marijuana plants.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

There's now some budgetary “certainty” at the federal level, and that could make the budget process a little easier at the state level.

Public comment underway on draft marijuana laws for Massachusetts. The first session held by the Cannabis Control Commission took place at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on Monday, February 5, 2018.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission held its first day of public listening sessions Monday in Pittsfield and Holyoke. The board is asking for feedback on proposed regulations for the state's marijuana industry.

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg confirmed to reporters Thursday that he had separated from his husband Bryon Hefner, who is undergoing treatment after allegations of sexual assault.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Over the weekend, The Boston Globe reported that when he was Massachusetts Senate president, Amherst Democrat Stan Rosenberg gave his husband Bryon Hefner access to his email, calendars and contacts -- and Hefner frequently used them.

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. 

A fisherman holds up a lobster covered in eggs.
Courtesy / Gul of Maine Research Institute

Retail stores in Massachusetts are expected to start selling marijuana legally in the state this summer. Some cities and towns have taken steps to temporarily block pot shops within their borders. And others have banned them altogether. 

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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