Retail Marijuana

A line forms outside of Cultivate in Leicester, Massachusetts, one of two stores to legally sell marijuana recreationally in the state.
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2 Marijuana Shops In Massachusetts Are Now Open For Business

Updated 12:45 p.m. The big day has finally arrived: Two years and two weeks after Massachusetts voters said they wanted to purchase recreational marijuana legally in the state, two stores are now open for anyone 21 and older.

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In Holyoke, Massachusetts, A Political And Legal Fight Over Yard Signs

The ACLU of Massachusetts is suing the city of Holyoke over new restrictions on signs.

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Marijuana products sit on a counter at Cultivate in Leicester, Massachusetts, as they're rung up for purchase.
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Despite Pot Shops Over The State Line, Connecticut Law On Cannabis Hasn't Changed

The opening of commercial pot shops in Massachusetts is likely to draw people from neighboring states —like Connecticut — where recreational marijuana is not legal.

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PawSox Are Asking Fans To Help Name New Worcester Team

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts, announced it has a new publisher. The move comes after employees decided to unionize.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Hartford’s Dillon Stadium Monday.

Mayor David Narkewicz of Northampton, Massachusetts, said he'll be the first person to buy non-medical marijuana from a retail shop in his city on Tuesday.
Colin A. Young / State House News Service

Mayor David Narkewicz of Northampton, Massachusetts, said he'll be the first to purchase cannabis legally east of the Mississippi River when his city's pot store opens. 

The U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
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Three Democratic senators have filed a lawsuit challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. 

Eversource has lost a bid to buy a major water company in Connecticut. Shareholders at Connecticut Water voted overwhelmingly Friday to merge with California-based SJW Group.

Eversource was competing with SJW to make the acquisition. The energy giant argued they'd offer more local control and a complementary service area.

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Rhode Island Prisons Push To Get Inmates The Best Treatment For Opioid Addiction

In a windowless classroom at the John J. Moran medium-security prison in Cranston, R.I., three men sit around a table to share how and when they began using opioids. For Josh, now 39, it was when he was just 13 years old. "I got grounded for a week in my house, so I grabbed a bundle of heroin and just sat inside and sniffed it all week." "I started using heroin at 19," says Ray, now 23. "I was shooting it. It was with a group of friends that I was working with, doing roof work." "At 26 years...

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79 Killed In California's Camp Fire As Number Of Missing Drops To 699

Updated at 10:25 p.m. E.T. Authorities in California added two more fatalities on Monday night to the death toll from the Camp Fire, bringing its total number of deaths to at least 79. The number of people unaccounted for has decreased to 699 — about 300 fewer than Sunday's count, and 600 fewer than Saturday's. At least 82 people have died throughout the state since wildfires broke out earlier this month. Three of those fatalities were from the Woolsey Fire in Southern California. Authorities...

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Big Latino Turnout In Midterms Raises Stakes For 2020

Election after election, pundits predict that Latinos will be a powerful voting bloc. And Latino voters consistently underperform those expectations by failing to turn out at the polls in big numbers. But this year's midterm results in Nevada, Arizona and other states suggest that Latino turnout is up dramatically — a development that could reshape the electoral landscape for 2020 and beyond. In Texas, turnout rose dramatically in heavily Latino precincts across the state — from the Rio...

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A Serendipitous Encounter With The Ghost Of A Once-Famous Belchertonian

A household name across the country, Josiah Gilbert Holland sold over a half-million copies of his books in his lifetime.

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