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Connecticut Democratic Governor Ned Lamont is reported to be considering a 2 percent sales tax on groceries and medications, in an effort to reduce the state’s budget deficit. But some business leaders say such a plan would be hard to pass.

Mark Schand scoops ice cream at his Sweetwater smoothie cafe in New Britain, Connecticut.
Karen Brown / NEPR

From his prison cot, for 27 years, Mark Schand plotted out a retail empire he’d been envisioning since well before his arrest.

In Leicester, Massachusetts, Cultivate workers help customers at the counter during the first day of recreational marijuana sales in the state.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Massachusetts cities and towns are negotiating some big money for marijuana businesses. Some regulators say it's perhaps too much money. 

A box of joints branded as Dogwalkers are sold at Rise, a marijuana medical dispensary in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Pittsfield is the latest Massachusetts community to host a recreational marijuana store — and the second in the Berkshires.

Marijuana at Temescal Wellness in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Aviva Luttrell / MassLive / masslive.com/photos

Berkshire County in Massachusetts may soon see its first two marijuana retail stores. One in Great Barrington opens Friday, and one in Pittsfield is now cleared to open as early as Saturday.

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