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CONNECTIONS: A tale of two 19th-century Berkshire women

One had a solid impact on Berkshire County and her generation. While the other, although more famous, may have had no impact on the county at all. You decide.

Woman-owned cannabis ’boutique’ on Main Street set for spring opening

Calyx intends to work with nonprofits that help to represent its brand of women supporting women.

Federal corruption probe targets towns’ cannabis agreements

Great Barrington, Eastham, Leicester, Newton, Northampton, and Uxbridge have received subpoenas from the office of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling seeking information about so-called host community agreements. 

Charges against Sheffield pot farm partner dropped, as CCC allows harvest of this year’s crop

Nova Farms President Ross said the company "goal has always been ... to comply with all Mass CCC regulations" and Nova has "worked hand-in-hand with the Mass CCC since our suspensions to make sure that no stone has been left unturned."

Town of Lee sees its first windfall from cannabis revenue, as Canna Provisions writes a check

The two payments, totaling nearly $140,000 for the first three months of business, "represent a significant sum to the town, which has an annual operating budget of just $25 million," according to Canna provisions.

The numbers are in: Great Barrington snags almost $1 million from pot sales

At Monday's selectboard meeting, member Kate Burke noted that the money cannot be spent yet because it was not budgeted for. The disposition of the funds will be discussed during budget deliberations this fall.

Adventures in the marijuana trade: Swimming to Atlantis

‘All recreational users should be aware of potential undesired acute cannabinoid effects,' her fancy way of saying that what can sometimes happen when you’re high on pot might be a bummer. And the effects are a function of a bunch of factors—what kind of cannabis, how often you use, who the user is and how much they smoke.”

Great Barrington cannabis store joins ‘social equity’ program to help others enter the business

Theory Wellness, the first medical cannabis dispensary to launch in the Berkshires and one of the first recreational retailers to open in the state, has stepped forward to fund and operate a social equity program designed to support "economic empowerment" entrepreneurs in opening cannabis dispensaries.

‘Grown in the Berkshires’: First outdoor cannabis growing facilities in the state planned for Sheffield

Theory Wellness, which opened its doors in 2017 in Great Barrington as Berkshire County’s first medical pot dispensary and earlier this year began selling the recreational variety, is partnering with organic farmer Ted Dobson to open an outdoor grow facility at Dobson's Equinox Farm on Bow Wow Road.

Bits & Bytes: French biography launch; ‘Leon: The Professional’ at Big Elm Brewing; medical cannabis talk; International Women’s Day celebration

For the first time since the program’s inception, a medical marijuana dispensary, Still River Wellness, will open in nearby Torrington, providing more access for residents interested in becoming patients.

Proliferation of pot shops in Great Barrington prompts questions about social justice

"Ultimately, it costs so much money for people to start these businesses, that it's just another way for rich people to make more money. That's not a great thing for a town that touts itself as progressive." -- Great Barrington Selectboard member Kate Burke

Opening the Weedgates, Part V: How pot stores got their names

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission explicitly has forbidden retail marijuana stores from describing what they sell. You can’t understand what’s in front of you if the laws make it play hide and seek.

Let the recreational pot sales begin — at least in ‘Theory’

Outside the front door, there were a few heaters and a line of customers that snaked around the edge of the parking lot all the way to Route 7, where a table by the Marketplace Cafe was set up offering free hot coffee to shivering patrons.

Of plastic bottles and ‘marijuana wars’: a Great Barrington year in review

2018 has provided enough Great Barrington news to keep journalists busy and observers of town politics highly amused, signaling that the community dubbed "best small town in America" by Smithsonian Magazine continues to be a place in transition.

South County recreational pot shops score big wins from state cannabis commission

Theory Wellnesss' Great Barrington adult-use establishment would be the first in southern Berkshire County with its final license. But down Route 7 in Sheffield, Berkshire Welco received its provisional license yesterday by unanimous vote from the CCC, and without conditions

Great Barrington medical pot shop receives provisional license to sell recreational marijuana

For now, it looks like adult-use sales will have to be cash-only. Since recreational sale and use of marijuana remains a federal crime, few banks that issue credit and debit cardsare willing to stick their necks out.

High times for Great Barrington? Pot shop proposals proliferate

After the planning board crafted a set of zoning regulations to deal with pot earlier this year, the selectboard reviewed them and most thought the regulations were a bit too lax since they would allow cultivation by-right in too many zones.
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