MARIJUANA

From legislation to legalization follow the local impacts of the cannabis industry.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 

Marijuana plants.
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June 1 is a key date for efforts in Massachusetts to set up a legal adult-use cannabis industry.

A 2007 photograph of the Celtics, playing in Boston.
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Last week, prohibitions against sports gambling were removed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Some states are already jumping in. 

The first recreational marijuana retail stores are scheduled to open in Massachusetts in two months, but the head of the commission charged with getting the industry up and running says not to expect a robust retail landscape right out of the gate.

“It’s going to be sparse,” Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman says of July 1, the first day retail stores can begin selling marijuana to anyone over the age of 21.

The Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors held a forum on Monday on the impact legal marijuana would have on the state. The forum in Hartford brought together former government officials, medical professionals and tax experts from around the country.

Driving.
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As Massachusetts prepares to open retail marijuana shops this summer, a public safety official from a state that introduced them a few years ago has some words of caution.

A sales associate at New England Treatment Access in Brookline, a medical dispensary, places medicinal marijuana into a container.
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Less than 24 hours after the Cannabis Control Commission activated its licensing portal on Monday, more than 200 hopefuls have begun their applications for recreational marijuana businesses.

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