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Published: 5/17/2019 11:04:25 PM
Modified: 5/17/2019 11:04:12 PM
Test of ‘cannabis cafes’ gets state OK, but obstacles remain

BOSTON — State marijuana regulators have approved of a plan to slowly roll out “cannabis cafes” where adults could use pot in a social setting.

The 3-2 vote by the Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday calls for an initial test program in as many as a dozen communities where licenses would be granted for social consumption establishments. Marijuana use might also be allowed at certain outdoor public events.

The commission is recommending stringent rules to prevent people under 21 from entering social consumption sites, and training for employees to recognize when a patron is too high to drive safely.

Married couple killed in Easton car crash

EASTON — Authorities say a married couple has been killed in a crash with another vehicle whose driver fled the scene on foot.

A spokesman for the Bristol district attorney says the crash occurred just after 6 p.m. Thursday at Route 138 and Purchase Street in Easton.

The victims were identified as 79-year-old John Masefield and 77-year-old Virginia Masefield, of East Bridgewater.

Authorities say it appears 33-year-old Sheri Vazquez, of Easton, was speeding on Route 138 when she collided with the Masefields vehicle as it attempted to turn.

Police say she ran from the scene but was caught a short time later. She faces several charges including with leaving the scene and motor vehicle homicide.

Police investigate 2nd suspicious fire at rabbi’s home

ARLINGTON — Authorities in a Boston suburb are investigating a second suspicious fire at a rabbi’s home in less than a week.

Acting Arlington Police Chief Julie Flaherty said officers and firefighters responded to the home at about 9 p.m. Thursday and doused a small fire on the home’s exterior wood shingles with a hand-held extinguisher.

Flaherty has placed a full-time detail at the home where the rabbi lives with his wife and children and holds religious education classes.

Authorities continue to look for a person seen in surveillance video apparently walking away from the rabbi’s house at the time of Saturday’s fire.

From Associated Press

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