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Permit, agreement for proposed dispensary transferred to new owners in Sunderland
10-22-2023 2:00 PM


SUNDERLAND — The Select Board has approved transferring a special permit and host community agreement for a proposed marijuana dispensary on Amherst Road to a family business venture.In 2022, the town initially approved a special permit for Gracious...

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Famous comedy duo meets customers at Cheech & Chong’s Dispensoria in Whately
11-13-2023 3:25 PM


WHATELY — A visit from two special guests highlighted Saturday’s official rebranding of three Pioneer Valley marijuana dispensaries.Happy Feelings stores in Whately, Greenfield and Northampton became Cheech & Chong’s Dispensorias last weekend....

Cheech and Chong launching three local cannabis shops, will visit Whately on Saturday
11-08-2023 4:34 PM


WHATELY — A few months after opening and with business booming, the existing Happy Feelings dispensary brand is going up in smoke on Saturday, with two familiar faces becoming the face of the company’s three stores.Next weekend, Happy Feelings stores...

Cannabis dispensary opens at former Sugarloaf Shoppes in Whately
08-31-2023 3:13 PM


WHATELY — Years after two special permits were issued to operate marijuana dispensaries at the former Sugarloaf Shoppes, Happy Feelings opened its doors to the public last week.The store held a soft opening on Aug. 24 and is welcoming customers to the...

Host community agreement OK’d for cannabis testing lab in Deerfield
08-17-2023 10:00 AM


DEERFIELD — The host community agreement between the town and a cannabis testing laboratory is poised to move forward following a discussion about a tax statute.Confidence Analytics raised concerns about Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40, Section...

CCC ready to take input on rewritten cannabis industry rules
08-13-2023 1:30 PM


BOSTON — A swath of regulatory changes are coming to Massachusetts’ cannabis industry, including measures to clear the way for people with past criminal records to work in marijuana shops and to allow all cities and towns to eventually host cannabis...

Mass. Cannabis Commission ‘in crisis,’ chair says
07-31-2023 2:23 PM

By Colin A. Young

BOSTON — The chairwoman of the Cannabis Control Commission took commissioners by surprise late last week when she announced in the middle of a regulatory discussion that Executive Director Shawn Collins is planning to leave the agency he has run since...

Whately Planning Board takes no stance on marijuana company’s zoning proposal
05-14-2023 4:45 PM


WHATELY — The Planning Board opted to take no stance on a limited marijuana manufacturing land-use bylaw proposed by Debilitating Medical Condition Treatment Centers (DMCTC), a marijuana cultivator, manufacturer and soon-to-be retailer in town.The...

With ownership change approved, Whately dispensary expected to open this summer
05-11-2023 5:22 PM


WHATELY — With its special permit renewed after a change of ownership, ToroVerde’s retail marijuana dispensary is planning to finally open its doors this summer, more than four years after receiving its initial permit.At its Thursday meeting, the...

Planning Board approves SunnyDayz ‘cannabis campus’ in South Deerfield
05-10-2023 2:40 PM


DEERFIELD — After several months of hearings, the Planning Board has approved SunnyDayz’s proposed “cannabis campus” on Routes 5 and 10, pending a review of conditions by town counsel.The board approved the site plan review, special permit and...

Deerfield Planning Board seeks specifics regarding proposed ‘cannabis campus’
03-12-2023 7:21 PM


DEERFIELD — Planners want the company seeking to build a “cannabis campus” in town to provide more details about its traffic assessment, odor mitigation strategies and why it needs a waiver from the town’s tree inventory bylaw.Site plan review is...

Whately pot dispensary, under new owners, expected to open by end of spring
02-24-2023 2:33 PM


WHATELY — Longstanding plans to open a retail marijuana dispensary at the former Sugarloaf Shoppes seem to be moving forward, albeit under different leadership.At a recent Selectboard meeting, Nectarize owner Pathik “PJ” Patel and attorney Phil...

Approaching the ‘green ceiling’? Easthampton cannabis dispensary closes
02-23-2023 9:08 PM


EASTHAMPTON — In what may be another indication that the region is approaching the “green ceiling” of retail marijuana sales, Pleasantrees closed its Easthampton dispensary at the end of January and is trying sell its Amherst store near the UMass...

‘Cannabis with a twist’: New vision shared for topless pot dispensary at Club Castaway
02-17-2023 5:10 PM


WHATELY — While they have an expected reopening date within the next 60 days, Club Castaway’s owners presented a novel plan for the business’ future that would remove dancing and alcohol but maintain nudity.Franklin County’s only strip club is...

Smith Vocational students 1st in state to try Army National Guard’s Fatal Vision marijuana-impairment goggles
02-17-2023 5:07 PM

By Emily Thurlow

NORTHAMPTON — Navigating on a pedal kart through a makeshift dirt obstacle course marked off with cones and LED lights indicating which direction to take wasn’t too challenging for 17-year-old Madison Gorrell, that is, until she strapped on a pair of...

SunnyDayz presents plans for ‘cannabis campus’ in South Deerfield
02-09-2023 8:24 PM


DEERFIELD — The Planning Board kicked off the special permitting process for a proposed “cannabis campus” on Monday, as SunnyDayz Inc. presented the initial plan for its three-building site.The company, which signed a host community agreement with the...

Northampton mayor won’t sign retail pot shop ordinance
01-30-2023 9:14 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra will not sign an ordinance approved by the City Council earlier this month that limits the number of cannabis dispensaries in the city to 12, although the ordinance may still take effect this week as the mayor...

Northampton City Council expected to decide Thursday on pot shop cap
01-18-2023 7:44 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Capping the number of cannabis retailers citywide is coming before the City Council Thursday night for a final vote, and councilors appear divided on the issue.The proposed ordinance is in its second reading, after receiving a neutral...

Impaired driving program reveals rift among cannabis commissioners
01-13-2023 3:36 PM

By Sam Drysdale

BOSTON — Cannabis control commissioners are in sharp disagreement over a new curriculum on driving under the influence of marijuana.This month, Massachusetts became the first recreational-use cannabis state in the nation to adopt a curriculum to...

Whately Select Board extends ToroVerde host community agreement another year
01-01-2023 8:23 PM


WHATELY — The Select Board voted this week to extend ToroVerde’s host community agreement through the end of 2023 as the company undergoes a third-party sale.With long-standing plans to open a marijuana dispensary at the former Sugarloaf Shoppes at...

Is pot pie shrinking? Advocates, store owners assess whether cannabis market oversaturated
12-30-2022 7:58 PM


November 2018 was a momentous time for Massachusetts. That’s when the state officially opened the retail marijuana business, some two years after voters said they were cool with recreational cannabis sales by overwhelmingly approving a ballot...

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