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Crackdown On CBD Products Frustrates Mass. Businesses

Aug 6, 2019

Many Massachusetts retailers and farmers say a recent state policy statement on CBD is bad for business.

The policy, issued in June, bans the sale of some hemp products, including foods made with hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). And this has left many businesses that hoped to tap into the lucrative CBD industry in limbo.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is among the western Mass. cities with a recreational marijuana store.
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Massachusetts cities and towns with marijuana businesses are getting revenue from a three percent tax on retail pot sales.

New England Treatment Access is a medical and recreational marijuana store in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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The state of Massachusetts has announced how much tax money communities with retail pot shops received for February, March, and April. 

Physician assistants soon will be able to prescribe medical marijuana in New Hampshire.

Governor Chris Sununu has signed a bill expanding the list of providers who may prescribe the drug. Another bill that would allow medical marijuana users to grow their own plants awaits his signature.

The state won't be legalizing recreational use of marijuana any time soon; The House passed a bill legalizing recreational use in April, but the Senate later voted to delay action on it.

Massachusetts regulators have banned the sale of some hemp products, including foods infused with cannabidiol (CBD) and dietary supplements.

The restrictions were outlined in a recent policy statement from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR). It also prohibits CBD products that make therapeutic/medicinal claims, animal feed with hemp, and the sale of unprocessed or raw plant material to consumers.

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