MASSACHUSETTS

Coverage of Massachusetts from New England Public Radio, NPR, and other NPR stations.

A polling place in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, on primary election day in March 2016.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

There are important contested races in western Massachusetts. Here’s what you need to know as we head toward the general election on November 6.

Marijuana plants.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has granted final licenses to a pair of independent testing laboratories. 

Marijuana plants.
Brett Levin / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/scubabrett22

One of the last hurdles standing in the way of retail cannabis sales in Massachusetts is slated to be cleared this week.

A DNA test showing that Sen. Elizabeth Warren has Native American ancestry is "completely irrelevant to the process" of determining her tribal identity, the Cherokee secretary of state told NPR's Morning Edition.

Chuck Hoskin was also critical of President Trump, saying he "should not be calling her 'Pocahontas,' " and that he "should be looking into what the needs of Indian Country are, because the needs are there."

Should the law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation be removed from the books? That’s one of the questions that will be placed in voters’ hands in the coming weeks.

The law under consideration mandates that it’s illegal to deny service to transgender people in hotels, stores, restaurants or other public places.

It was overwhelmingly passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Baker, and has been in effect for just over two years.

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