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The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a ballot question on ending the prohibition on recreational marijuana use is good enough to go before voters in November. Read more.
MassLive.com reports on a state-Senate proposal to control marijuana sales should voters approve recreational use in a referendum this fall. Among the prohibitions proposed: No celebrity endorsements and no home growing. Also, both the state and cities and towns would be allowed to tax sales, under the proposal.
Separately, the Boston city council is considering its own restriction: A ban on pot shops and medical dispensaries being closer than a half mile to each other.
Anticipating voters will approve the recreational use of marijuana, city councilors voted today to ban pot shops and medicinal marijuana dispensaries from opening closer than a half mile to each other.
City Councilor Michael Flaherty (at large) had originally sought a one-mile restriction, but offered a half mile as a compromise. Read more.
The City Council almost voted today on a zoning change that would prohibit both medical marijuana dispensaries and potential recreational pot shops from being closer than a mile to each other. Read more.
At-large City Councilor Michael Flaherty wants to ensure no neighborhood get too many pot dispensaries should voters approve recreational marijuana use on top of the medical marijuana use they approved in 2012.
The council tomorrow considers his request for a hearing on a proposal to amend city zoning codes to keep marijuana dispensaries at least a mile apart should legal weed happen - or, as he puts it, "no closer than 1 mile, or 5,280 feet."
Several city councilors today signed onto an effort to figure out how to keep what appear to be increasingly inevitable pot shops from taking over residential commercial districts, should voters approve a referendum next year to legalize recreational marijuana use. Read more.
The Globe reports the mayor, himself a recovering alcoholic, sees pot as a gateway drug and would be willing to head up efforts to defeat a ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana use.
There'll be no pot districts in Boston, if at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty has his way.
On Wednesday, the City Council considers a proposal by Flaherty that would require at least 2,500 feet - nearly half a mile - between any marijuana dispensaries in Boston, should we ever actually get any.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today prosecutors cannot use most of the marijuana found in a man's minivan during a traffic stop in Quincy to prosecute him for possession with intent to distribute, because police didn't have the legal right to search the vehicle in the first place.
The ruling also applies to the man's cell phone, on which officers browsed messages they felt showed evidence the man was conducting drug deals.
The Supreme Judicial Court today tossed a charge of marijuana possession with intent to distribute against a Dorchester teenager found with 13 small bags of pot in his pants in 2012.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that police with a nose for marijuana can no longer search a person or his car if the smell of unburned pot is the only evidence the person might be holding more than an ounce of the drug.
In rulings stemming from cases in Dorchester and Pittsfield, the state's highest court said the smell of burned marijuana was no longer enough to detain somebody. In the Pittsfield case, the court ruled:
CommonWealth reports the group that helped legalize marijuana in Colorado is setting up shop in Massachusetts.
The Dig takes a look at Marty Walsh's steadfast opposition against letting non-profits open voter-approved medical-marijuana dispensaries in Boston even as his administration gets ready to shut its one public Methadone clinic just as Bain Capital is beefing up its portfolio in for-profit drug clinics.
In 2011, there was the triple murder linked to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the victims' bodies sprinkled with marijuana.
A high-school student was shot to death last week, police say, in an attempted drug rip-off that was aimed at recovering money the victim felt was stolen in an earlier pot deal by his cousin.
MuckRock finds basic math problems with some of the state-released summaries of applicants for medical-marijuana dispensaries. Its report also links to other reports on problems with the dispensary approval process.
The Boston City Council today called for a hearing on the medical-marijuana dispensaries the state recently approved for Boylston Street in the Back Bay and Southampton Street on the South End/Roxbury line.
Councilor Steve Murphy (at large), who submitted a letter of "non opposition" to the general idea of dispensaries was blunt: "I was lied to" by the operators of the proposed Boylston Street facility - who listed him as supporting their specific location.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health today gave provisional approval to medical-marijuana dispensaries at 364 Boylston St. and
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