MARIJUANA

Revelers at a Dead & Company show in Hartford, Conn., in June 2018.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

Recently, I decided to revisit my youth and go to a Dead show.

For the uninitiated, Dead & Company includes a few original members of the iconic '60s band The Grateful Dead, plus a few other musicians.

The last time I was among that much tie-dye was in the 1980s, when I was a college student following the Dead around the Bay area.

And I will admit — because I’m pretty sure there's a statute of limitations — I was not unfamiliar with the pungent haze wafting through the lawn seats, nor the marijuana-laced baked goods being offered to the crowed.

Specimen bottles are collected for packaging for drug testing Jan. 7, 2014, at Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas.
U.S. Air Force

Massachusetts voters legalized marijuana at the ballot box in 2016, and retail sales are poised to begin on or about July 1. But there still isn't much guidance coming from state officials about how businesses should deal with drug testing their employees when it comes to pot.

A jar of marijuana buds for sale inside the River Rock dispensary in Denver, Colorado.
Steve Brown / WBUR

Many adults in Massachusetts supported the legalization of recreational marijuana. And it seems delayed.

A train sitting on the platform at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Massachusetts transportation officials this week announced funding for more north/south rail service in the Pioneer Valley, and for a long-awaited study examining trains between Boston and western Massachusetts. 

A sales associate at New England Treatment Access in Brookline, a medical dispensary, places medicinal marijuana into a container.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Prospects for retail pot shops opening for business in Massachusetts by a July 1 target date appear to be dimming. 

A train sitting on the platform at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Starting next weekend, and continuing into next week, rail service will double on a daily basis between Springfield, Hartford and New Haven. We talk about that news and more in this week's panel.

Updated at 1:25 p.m. ET.

President Trump is signaling he's willing to support a move toward the legalization of marijuana, which would be a departure from the position of his attorney general, Jeff Sessions.

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks from the stage during her open house at Springfield Technical Community College on March 9, 2018.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined a Colorado Republican on Thursday to roll out federal legislation that would resolve much of the tension between the federal prohibition on marijuana and the growing pot industries in states that have voted to legalize marijuana.

Marijuana plants.
Brett Levin / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/scubabrett22

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission won't issue the first marijuana business license until the end of next week at the earliest, and regulators already have more than 50 applications waiting for their consideration.

UMass Amherst in a file photo.
Rhobite / Creative Commons / en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Rhobite

Among news items this week, a study revealed out-of-state students have an easier time of getting into UMass Amherst than students from Massachusetts. 

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