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Lawmakers Finally Push Marijuana Bill to Governor’s Desk

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — The Legislature sent its rewrite of the voter-approved legal marijuana bill, with a higher tax rate and less power for voters, to the governor on Thursday, 255 days after about 1...

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Sam Doran/SHNS

Traffic Leads to Contempt Hearing for Sheriff Hodgson

The most high-profile law enforcement official in southeastern Massachusetts will need to appear before a federal judge in September after showing up late to court on Wednesday...

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Treasurer: ‘No Idea’ If Pot Shops Can Open by July 2018

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, set to play a key role in the rollout of a legal marijuana industry in Massachusetts, said Tuesday she has "no idea" whether legal pot shops will be open by next July, as envisioned by policymakers...

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House Majority Leader Ron Mariano and Sen. Pat Jehlen, lead negotiators on the Legislature's compromise marijuana bill, explained details of the final bill Monday afternoon alongside fellow conferees/Sam Doran, SHNS
House Majority Leader Ron Mariano and Sen. Pat Jehlen, lead negotiators on the Legislature's compromise marijuana bill, explained details of the final bill Monday afternoon alongside fellow conferees/Sam Doran, SHNS

Marijuana Deal Raises Tax Rates, Alters Pot Shop Rules

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Almost three weeks later than they had hoped, lawmakers on Monday struck an accord on marijuana policy that would tax retail pot sales at a maximum rate of 20 percent and paves the way for those sales to begin in just under a year...

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Kris Connor/Getty Images for EMILY's List

AG Healey Wants Corporate Manslaughter Back on State’s Agenda

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey joined worker safety advocates Tuesday to ask lawmakers to update the penalty for companies found responsible for death -- a fine that has not changed since before Maine voted to secede from Massachusetts...

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Gov. Charlie Baker administered oaths to members of the new Latino Advisory Commission on Monday./Sam Doran, SHNS
Gov. Charlie Baker administered oaths to members of the new Latino Advisory Commission on Monday./Sam Doran, SHNS

Gov. Baker May Be Willing to Change His Mind on Safe Communities Act

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Governor Charlie Baker, not wanting to undercut a brand new Latino advisory panel sworn in Monday, said he would be a "hard sell" on legislation to make Massachusetts a sanctuary state, but admitted it wouldn't be the first time he's changed his mind...

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Marijuana Supporters March In Hemp Parade
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Budget, Marijuana Bills Appear to Be Linked

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Negotiations over a new state budget and legislation overhauling the retail marijuana legalization law might appear on paper to have little to do with one another...

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