Massachusetts cannabis retailers vow to fight marijuana delivery regulations poised for passage Monday

Massachusetts cannabis retailers have vowed a fight over controversial new marijuana delivery rules that regulators are expected to pass on Monday, which prioritize minority applicants and would enable courier companies to buy and sell marijuana wholesale without a brick-and-mortar business.

“We’re not holding breath — it’s a done deal. Tomorrow is a mere formality at this point,” said David Torrisi, president of the Commonwealth Dispensary Association. “But we’ll be looking at legislative and legal action. Our fight does not end tomorrow.”

The Cannabis Control Commission on Monday is set to vote on a set of draft regulations for recreational marijuana that include two license categories for delivery. The regulations will be a first for recreational pot, but delivery is already allowed for medical cannabis.

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Fullerton council approves marijuana businesses; shops could start opening late next year

Recreational marijuana shops and other cannabis businesses can open in Fullerton after months of debate on whether the city should license and tax shops to undermine an existing black market.

The city’s new law, passed 3-2 during a council meeting Nov. 17, reverses the city’s ban on marijuana-related businesses, now allowing recreational cannabis shops, manufacturers, distributors and indoor cultivators – up to five of each type – and an unlimited number of testing labs, which check marijuana products for potency levels and contaminants.

Marijuana businesses will not be allowed to open within 800 feet of parks, schools and youth centers; some of the larger eligible zones include certain commercial strips and industrial areas in the city’s west and southeast.

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Man ordered to pay $2.5 million restitution to four victims in marijuana fraud

A former Aspen businessman sentenced to 12 years in prison has been ordered to pay nearly $2.5 million in restitution to four victims swindled in a black-market marijuana scheme.

Scott Pack was sentenced to prison in July by Arapahoe County District Judge Michael Spear under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act on a first-class drug felony conviction, as well as two counts of securities fraud.

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Colorado weed sales set to crush annual record, with another $200 million month in September

Weed enthusiasts purchased more than $206.4 million worth of Colorado-made marijuana products in September, as sales from a record-breaking year moderately cooled off.

Recreational dispensaries sold $166,547,119 during the month, while medical dispensaries sold $39,941,149 for a combined $206,488,268 in revenue, according to data from the Colorado Department of Revenue.

Sales decreased 5.5% compared to August, but are up 33% compared to September 2019 as marijuana experiences a banner year for sales despite the coronavirus pandemic.

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FBI raids Baldwin Park city attorney, Compton councilman, San Bernardino County official

FBI agents raided the offices of Baldwin Park City Attorney Robert Tafoya and the homes of Compton Councilman Isaac Galvan and San Bernardino County Planning Commissioner Gabriel Chavez last week as part of a cannabis-related corruption probe, authorities have confirmed.

In a statement, an attorney representing Tafoya said a search warrant was executed related to his client on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Mark Werksman declined to address the specifics of the federal investigation, except to say “Tafoya shares the federal government’s interest in rooting out corruption in the cannabis industry and prosecuting political corruption of any kind.”

“There is no place for that in our community,” Werksman said in an email.

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Election could stoke US marijuana market, sway Congress

Voters in four states from different regions of the country could embrace broad legal marijuana sales on Election Day, and a sweep would highlight how public acceptance of cannabis is cutting across geography, demographics and the nation’s deep political divide.

The Nov. 3 contests in New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota and Montana will shape policies in those states while the battle for control of Congress and the White House could determine whether marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.

Already, most Americans live in states where marijuana is legal in some form and 11 now have fully legalized the drug for adults — Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont. It’s also legal in Washington, D.C.

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Fullerton council defers vote on marijuana shop law

Fullerton’s City Council has tabled, for now, a proposed law that would allow regulated marijuana dispensaries, manufacturers and other business types in some of the city’s commercial and industrial areas.

During a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 20, the council voted 4-1 to delay a decision on the ordinance. Some council members argued more study and community outreach must be done to avoid the negative impact of shops, while others contend the move simply kicks an inevitable issue down the road.

California voters in 2016 passed Prop. 64, which legalized cannabis for recreational use by adults 21 and older. State law lets local leaders decide whether to allow – and tax – sectors of the industry, such as recreational or medical shops, cultivation and distribution, within cities or counties.

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Illegal marijuana grow uncovered in Pueblo West home

An illegal marijuana grow, with 76 plants worth about $76,000, was seized Thursday in Pueblo West, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies responded to a report that tenants had altered the electrical system of a home, on the 1100 block of Camino Santiago, to bypass the meter, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

The residents could not be contacted Thursday, but a strong order of marijuana was noticeable near the residence.

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Ticker: Pols blast pending pot delivery regs; Providence unveils program to support small businesses

A handful of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have asked that Massachusetts marijuana regulators scrap the proposed delivery license that would let operators buy marijuana wholesale from cultivators and manufacturers, store it in a warehouse and deliver it to consumers at home.

The Cannabis Control Commission is expected Tuesday morning to consider feedback and hold a final discussion about its draft delivery policy, which would create two distinct delivery license types: a “limited delivery license” that would allow an operator to charge a fee to make deliveries from CCC-licensed retailers and dispensaries, and a “wholesale delivery license.”

In a letter last week, 19 state lawmakers told the CCC that they “believe that the wholesale delivery license category proposed in the draft regulations was not contemplated, nor supported, by the enabling legislation” and asked the commission to reconsider its plan to take a final vote on …

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Colorado marijuana sales eclipse $200 million (again) in August

Colorado dispensaries sold $218.6 million worth of marijuana in August, falling just short of the all-time monthly record, $226 million, set in July. Related Articles Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

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Maine joins Massachusetts, opening doors to recreational pot sales

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Mainers got their first opportunity to legally buy marijuana for recreational use, but a supply shortage was a potential buzzkill.

Retailers blame the pandemic and a limited number of licensed manufacturers for reducing the variety of products available. Licenses were issued only a month ago, causing retailers to scramble to stock their shelves.

That didn’t deter shoppers.

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Methadone Mile busts: Boston Police arrest 7, recover illegal drugs

Police over the last week have arrested seven alleged drug dealers in the Methadone Mile area and helped more than 25 alleged buyers seek treatment for their drug addictions, the department announced on Monday.

Officers over the past six weeks have identified several people who are known to sell drugs in the Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard area, police said.

The weekslong drug investigation resulted in seven arrests and the recovery of a significant amount of drugs in the Methadone Mile area.

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