Articles by Bob Salsberg

With Pot Shops Opening Soon, Massachusetts Warns About Driving High

In anticipation of the first recreational marijuana stores opening within Massachusetts in the coming weeks, state officials Wednesday stepped up warnings to motorists about the risks of driving while stoned. A new public education and enforcement campaign announced by Republican …

Massachusetts Lawmakers Approve Rental, Voter, Climate Bills as Deadline Looms

The Massachusetts Legislature gave final approval Monday to a bill that would tax and regulate short-term rentals, including those offered by Airbnb and other online platforms. After weeks of negotiations, House and Senate lawmakers reached agreement on the compromise bill …

Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Busy Rolling Out the Rules for Legal Pot

From “cannabis cafes” to “craft cooperatives,” regulators have been laying out a vision for what a potential multibillion dollar recreational marijuana industry might look like when retail sales begin next year in Massachusetts. The Cannabis Control Commission reached tentative agreement …

Some Massachusetts Towns Going to Pot, After All

They may not be mad about reefer, but a growing number of Massachusetts communities are leaving their borders open to commercial marijuana businesses, bucking a wave of bans and moratoriums that followed voter approval of legal recreational pot. Recent votes …

Massachusetts Pot Regulatory Board Set With Naming of Three More Members

The board responsible for regulating marijuana in Massachusetts is now in place after the selection of three more members. Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey on Friday appointed Britte McBride, a former assistant state attorney general, to the five-member Cannabis Control …

Senator Flanagan First Appointee to Massachusetts Marijuana Regulatory Post

A state senator was named Wednesday by Governor Charlie Baker to the regulatory board that will oversee the cannabis industry in Massachusetts. Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, of Leominster, is the first appointee to the five-member Cannabis Control Commission. She will serve …

Massachusetts Marijuana Deal Calls for Up to 20 Percent Tax on Pot Sales

State House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement Monday on a revamped version of Massachusetts’ voter-approved marijuana law that would allow retail pot sales to be taxed at a maximum 20 percent rate. The deal was struck following closed-door negotiations …

Massachusetts House Approves Bill to Redo Recreational Marijuana Law

A bill that would repeal and replace the recreational marijuana law approved by Massachusetts voters in November cleared the House late Wednesday. Critics who lashed out at the proposal accused lawmakers of ignoring the will of the electorate and taking …

Massachusetts Marijuana Proposal Seeks Higher Taxes, More Local Control

Lawmakers reviewing the state’s new recreational marijuana law plan to recommend sharply higher taxes and more control for city and town officials over retail pot shops in their communities, according to a copy of a House proposal obtained Tuesday by …

Workers’ Comp Programs Assist Workers in Addiction Fight

Meet a victim of the nation’s opioid addiction scourge: The American worker. A number of U.S. states are taking steps through their worker’s compensation systems to stem the overprescribing of the powerful painkillers to workers injured on the job, while …