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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 sign taped to the door told customers that Story and Soil Coffee was closing early for a staff training.

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.

Marijuana plants.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

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

An economic development organization in Wilmington is offering $20,000 to the entrepreneur who comes up with the best business plan and is able to open up a new store in the downtown area.

Raise Of Tobacco Purchasing Age To 21 Easily Clears Mass. House

May 10, 2018
Cigarette.
Paolo Neo / Creative Commons

Massachusetts House lawmakers voted Wednesday raise the statewide age for purchasing tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21 and to ban vaping from workplaces.

Plastic water bottles.
Ricardo Bernardo / http://zone41.net / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/zone41

A western Massachusetts town has banned the sale of small, single-use bottles of water. 

Around noon on Nov. 9 of last year, a black Chevy Suburban pulled up to a New Hampshire liquor store. The driver, a 46-year-old Queens, New York, resident named Juncheng Chen, bought some booze, then headed off to another liquor store to make another purchase.

Then another, then another.

In total, Chen bought liquor at six different New Hampshire stores that afternoon.

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