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State Lawmaker Proposes Taxing Medical Marijuana

A state senator wants to impose Massachusetts' 6.25 percent sales tax on medical marijuana purchases and assess soon-to-be opened dispensaries a 4 percent surcharge on their revenues.

Sen. Brian Joyce, a Democrat from Milton, proposes money generated from the marijuana taxes be designated to a new state fund for substance abuse treatment programs

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GOP’s Baker: Coakley Tax Flub ‘Scary’

Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker is faulting Democratic rival Martha Coakley for flubbing a question on the state gas tax.

Asked to name the gas tax during an interview on WCVB-TV, Coakley said ``10 cents

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Panel Finalizes Recommendations To Ease Drug Abuse

A state panel charged with finding ways to address Massachusetts' drug abuse epidemic is set to finalize its recommendations for Gov. Deval Patrick this week.

The 36-member Opiate Task Force is charged with recommending how to spend $20 million the governor has designated to improve addiction treatment and recovery services statewide

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KG Urban Drops Tribal Provision Challenge

A developer seeking a resort casino in New Bedford has ended its court challenge of a provision in the state's casino gambling law that gave initial preference to a federally-recognized Indian tribe in southeastern Massachusetts

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The Best Snacks In Every State

 

We all have our favorite snacks. For some it might be cookies or chips, popcorn or ice cream. According to a new story in Business Insider, every state in America has a snack they are famous for.

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Lawmakers Weigh Parole For Young Murder Convicts

Relatives of murder victims are among those asking a legislative committee to approve a bill that would require juveniles convicted of first-degree murder to serve at least 35 years before they can be eligible for parole

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UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Condemns Theft And Vandalism Of Public Art

Those responsible for the theft and vandalism of a public art display at UMass Dartmouth over the weekend remain on the lam.

In an email to students, Chancellor Divina Grossman said a display of sculptured sheep that had been set up by first year students on the campus' quadrangle had been vandalized Friday night, and a black sheep from the display had been stolen

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Cape Cod Shark Flier Sparks Concerns

A new brochure being distributed on Cape Cod warning people about the possibility of sharks has some people wondering if it goes too far and might hurt tourism.

The brochures were distributed by consortium of harbormasters and other officials

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Sexual Assault Probe Targets Massachusetts Schools

Six Massachusetts schools are on a list released by the federal Education Department of 55 colleges from across the nation facing investigations over their handling of sexual abuse complaints

The list released Thursday includes Amherst College, Boston University, Emerson College, Harvard College, Harvard University Law School, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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Massachusetts Senate To Revisit Minimum Wage Hike

The state Senate is set to again take up a proposed increase in the minimum wage in an effort to break a procedural logjam with the House over the issue.

Senators are expected Thursday to debate a bill that would raise the minimum wage from $8 to $11 per hour over three years, while tying future increases to the rate of inflation

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