MA Addresses Barrier to Entry and HCAs to Diversify Cannabis

The MA legislature is expected to pass Bill S 2801, which would tighten restrictions and enhance current oversight on the host community agreements marijuana business are required to enter into with their host communities. A host community agreement is a contract negotiated between a municipality and a marijuana establishment that includes all terms necessary for the marijuana establishment to operate in the municipality.

The Rise and Fall of Italy’s Marijuana Referendum

In early January, Italian marijuana activists collected over 600,00 signatures in just one week to place a marijuana referendum on the country’s ballot for this upcoming spring. The referendum proposal sought to legalize the growing of weed for personal use and ease...

New Jersey Adult-Use Program Delayed

In November 2020, New Jersey citizens approved Question 1, the ballot measure to legalize cannabis. A few months later in February 2021, NJ Governor Phil Murphy signed three bills into law that laid out the framework for how the state would move forward with legalized...
Pay to Play in MA . . .  Again?

Pay to Play in MA . . . Again?

Many cannabis cultivators had their applications rejected, except for one company whose $20 million marijuana cultivation facility was accepted, even though their initial site plan violated the city’s zoning requirement for a minimum buffer of 250 feet between the facility and the nearest residential property. Since then, the site plan has been changed to comply with city zoning, but many are questioning why it was accepted in the first place.