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Treasurer suspends Cannabis Control Commission Chair Shannon O’Brien
09-15-2023 4:44 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Cannabis Control Commission Chair Shannon O’Brien was suspended from her position Thursday by Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who chose her for the job a year ago, as upheaval continues to collide with the CCC’s hefty regulatory and policy...

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Greenfield residents allege sound and odor issues from candle, cannabis businesses
05-17-2024 5:17 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — After more than four hours of discussion, the Zoning Board of Appeals voted to continue public hearings involving an Arch Street cannabis cultivation site’s request for a special permit to manufacture marijuana concentrate, as well as the...


Change in federal drug classification could help cannabis shops
05-05-2024 11:11 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

In the wake of the Justice Department’s proposal to reclassify cannabis as a less dangerous drug, dispensary owners say the change would help their business, especially on taxes.“The immediate impact would be for the government to treat us like other...


Greenfield lifts cap on cannabis delivery operators as CCC guidelines expand access
04-22-2024 9:56 AM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The city has dropped its limit on licenses for cannabis delivery operators, as the state Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) has drafted new guidelines aimed at expanding access to the industry.City Council voted last month in favor of an...


Healey: State pardoning all pot possession convictions
03-13-2024 5:02 PM

By SAM DORAN

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey’s plan to pardon all misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions will impact hundreds of thousands of people, she told a crowd at the Grand Staircase on Wednesday, and represents “the most sweeping cannabis pardon ever...


Governor to issue pardons for those convicted of cannabis possession
03-12-2024 2:29 PM

By STEVE LeBLANC

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey plans to announce this week that she’s following the lead of President Joe Biden and issuing pardons to those convicted of simple possession of cannabis at the state level, her office said Monday.The move could...


State Cannabis Control Commission looks to have new director by summer
03-11-2024 2:31 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Aiming to have its new executive director on board by this summer, the state Cannabis Control Commission spent hours last week crafting the contours of the job and detailing what qualities a successful applicant will demonstrate.The CCC has...


Legislative meetings, host community agreements on pot regulators’ minds
02-13-2024 3:54 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

From lawmakers to business operators to municipal officials, there’s been a lot of interest lately in the work underway at the Cannabis Control Commission.Most of the headlines involving the agency have been about the months-long legal saga between...


Judge denies O’Brien appeal in Cannabis Control Commission case
02-07-2024 4:19 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — An Appeals Court judge on Tuesday rejected suspended Cannabis Control Commission Chair Shannon O’Brien’s petition, once again clearing the way for Treasurer Deborah Goldberg to schedule a meeting that could lead to O’Brien’s firing.Superior...


Complaint filed against Greenfield cannabis cultivator for unpaid construction contract
01-12-2024 4:47 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — A Monson-based construction company is alleging a breach of contract and failure to pay $114,935 for services rendered at the cannabis cultivation facility on Arch Street.In its complaint, Sweitzer Construction claimed that as of Nov. 15,...


Famous comedy duo meets customers at Cheech & Chong’s Dispensoria in Whately
11-12-2023 1:33 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

WHATELY — A visit from two special guests highlighted Saturday’s official rebranding of three Pioneer Valley marijuana dispensaries.Happy Feelings stores in Whately, Greenfield and Northampton became Cheech & Chong’s Dispensorias this weekend....


Cheech and Chong launching three local cannabis shops, will visit Whately on Nov. 11
11-02-2023 7:09 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — A few months after opening and with business booming, the existing Happy Feelings dispensary brand is going up in smoke on Nov. 11, with two familiar faces becoming the face of the company’s three stores.Next weekend, Happy Feelings stores...


Permit, agreement for proposed dispensary transferred to new owners in Sunderland
10-19-2023 6:21 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — The Selectboard has approved transferring a special permit and host community agreement for a proposed marijuana dispensary on Amherst Road to a family business venture.In 2022, the town initially approved a special permit for Gracious...


Top cannabis regulator O’Brien sues treasurer over suspension
09-29-2023 5:30 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Shannon O’Brien, the former state treasurer and Democratic nominee for governor, has filed a lawsuit accusing Treasurer Deborah Goldberg of unlawfully removing her as chair of the Cannabis Control Commission.The lawsuit, filed in Suffolk County...


Pot grow facility, retail shop at old Bendix site receive green light from Greenfield ZBA
09-18-2023 7:45 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — With its special permit secured, Greenerside Holdings LLC can move forward with building an indoor marijuana cultivation facility with an accessory retail shop at the former Bendix property on Laurel Street.Anthony Wonseski, senior...


Cannabis dispensary opens at former Sugarloaf Shoppes in Whately
08-29-2023 1:44 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Years after two special permits were issued to operate marijuana dispensaries at the former Sugarloaf Shoppes, Happy Feelings opened its doors to the public last week.The store held a soft opening on Aug. 24 and is welcoming customers to the...


Host community agreement OK’d for Deerfield cannabis testing lab
08-16-2023 10:17 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — The host community agreement between the town and a cannabis testing laboratory is poised to move forward following a discussion about a tax statute.Confidence Analytics raised concerns about Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40, Section...


CCC ready to take input on rewritten cannabis industry rules
08-13-2023 12:05 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — A swath of regulatory changes are coming to Massachusetts’ cannabis industry, including measures to clear the way for people with past criminal records to work in marijuana shops and to allow all cities and towns to eventually host cannabis...


Gill’s first cannabis dispensary to open Aug. 1
07-27-2023 11:46 AM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

GILL — Leaf Joy, the town’s first cannabis dispensary, will open for business next week after nearly two years of preparation.The retail-only cannabis store, which was first pitched to the Selectboard in September 2021, received its go-ahead to open...


Heath pot company removes 8 illegal storage containers
06-20-2023 2:13 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

HEATH — The limited liability company that plans to grow cannabis at 11 Bellor Road has complied with the building inspector’s orders to remove eight illegal storage containers on the property and has begun communicating with town officials. The town...


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