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Creating Space for Social Consumption Licensing in Massachusetts

Odds are that if you voted YES on Question 4 in 2016, you supported the creation of licensing for businesses where adults could legally consume their legally acquired cannabis products. But while talk of delays--potentially for years--continue, that doesn't mean we can't get involved with the process. ELEVATE executive director Beth Waterfall visited two public facilities where adults may consume cannabis in San Francisco and Oakland, CA earlier this month. Read about her experience and recommendations for the Commonwealth here. And if you have any experience or ideas to share with the CCC, don't be shy. Attend their public meetings and/or email them at CannabisCommission@State.MA.US

CBD Now Classified as Schedule 5 Substance... Kind of.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, has been the subject of many legal debates this year. CBD is mainly derived from hemp and doesn’t contain THC, the psychoactive agent found in cannabis. CBD is becoming widely available, and sales are rising faster than that of cannabis, despite their shared federally illegal status. The passing of the Farm Bill in 2014 made legal some specific types of hemp cultivation, allowing hemp to be grown for academic research or under a state pilot program. Some of the legal confusion surrounding CBD may be lifted in the coming months, as the DEA has recently approved Epidiolex, a medication containing CBD, as a Schedule 5 controlled substance. Epidiolex is an oral solution used

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