recreational marijuana

Picture of marijuana plant
wikipedia commons

Massachusetts lawmakers are trying to make sense of how to regulate recreational marijuana after voters legalized it via a statewide ballot question in November. Pittsfield rejected a proposal to put a possible ban on this year’s ballot. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen recently sat down with Mayor Linda Tyer, who weighs in on how to regulate retail pot.

JD Allen / WAMC

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission held a recreational marijuana workshop in Lenox, Massachusetts Thursday for political leaders. The drug is now legal statewide.

marijuana
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

A ban on recreational marijuana will not be included on the November ballot in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

wikipedia.org

Williamstown, Massachusetts is weighing its options to ban recreational marijuana, which is now legal statewide. 

Picture of marijuana plant
US Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will hold a workshop in Lenox, Massachusetts to teach political leaders about recreational marijuana, which is now legal statewide

marijuana
Wikipedia Commons

Republican Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he thinks it will be possible to reach an agreement with lawmakers on a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana ahead of next week's two-day session, in which the Legislature will act on the bills the governor has vetoed.

The logo of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol
Facebook: Massachusetts Marijuana Initiative 2016

      A legislative committee that is considering changes to the voter approved law legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts is holding a public hearing today in West Springfield.

   Adults in Massachusetts can legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use, and even grow up to a dozen plants at home.  But, it may be a while before people can go to a store in their neighborhood to purchase pot products.

Picture of marijuana plant
wikipedia commons

Massachusetts legislators have voted to delay the opening of retail marijuana stores for six months – from January to the summer of 2018.

     Massachusetts municipal officials are trying to figure out how to implement the voter-approved law that legalizes marijuana for recreational use. There’s a lot to do before pot shops begin to open in Massachusetts in a little more than a year from now.

Composite image by Dave Lucas

Come November 8th, voters in Massachusetts and Maine will consider making recreational marijuana legal for all adults. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on what impact electoral victories in these nearby states may have on New York State.

Picture of marijuana plant
wikipedia commons

After a series of stinging defeats, supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in Vermont say there are still some positive signs.

Picture of marijuana plant
wikipedia commons

Vermont’s long-awaited move toward marijuana legalization will take even longer.  The Vermont House passed a resolution this afternoon that gutted a Senate bill to legalize the possession of small amounts of pot for recreational use.

Picture of marijuana plant
wikipedia.org

The Vermont House Judiciary Committee has voted 6 to 5 to gut Senate legislation that would legalize marijuana and instead presented a new bill for consideration.

Picture of marijuana plant
US Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

The Vermont Senate has given final passage to a bill to legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by residents of the state.

Picture of marijuana plant
US Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill to legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults in the state.

Picture of marijuana plant
US Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

A bill to legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults in Vermont has cleared its third and last Senate committee and is expected to be up for debate on the Senate floor this week. If it passes, the bill’s fate is uncertain in the House.

Picture of marijuana plant
wikipedia commons

A new poll shows a majority of Connecticut residents support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.

But the Quinnipiac poll released Monday also shows a wide age gap between supporters and opponents of legalized pot.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Laws regarding the sale and use of marijuana vary across the country. The issue of the drug’s use among teens was the topic of a talk in Lenox, Massachusetts Wednesday.

While Colorado and Washington allow the recreational use of marijuana and states like Massachusetts have legalized the drug for medicinal purposes, the federal government considers it a Schedule I drug. That puts it in the same category as drugs like heroin. The legal uncertainty creates confusion for teens according to a countywide study cited by Lenox Public Schools superintendent Edward Costa.