Cuomo Drops Recreational Marijuana From the Budget Governor Cuomo has agreed to drop recreational marijuana regulation from his proposed budget.  He and leaders of the Senate and Assembly say it could be taken up again before the legislative session ends on June 19th.  Even though Cuomo indicated that there is a $3 billion that could have been helped out by legalization to the tune of $300 million, he said they just ran out of time to get it all done.     Tax the Rich Instead No surprise here as Cuomo sprinkled his budget full of big policy items still being haggled over.  He says he replaced it with a tax on people who have condos and co-ops in NYC worth $5 million or more.  The rich just can’t get out of NY fast enough and Cuomo and his colleagues can’t seem to kick them out fast enough. Are they High? I think there should be mandatory drug testing daily for our Governor and elected legislature to see if their vote should count or not. Banana Haze So NY’s ”three men in a room” budget negotiations continues (albeit “two men and one woman in a room”) in secret… 

How to Shop for Marijuana in Massachusetts

How to Shop for Marijuana in Massachusetts So now that a couple of stores are open in Massachusetts, here is what you need to know. Where can I buy marijuana? So far, just two have opened their doors: Cultivate in Leicester and New England Treatment Access, or NETA, in Northampton. The next to open are likely to be Pharmacannis Massachusetts in Wareham, Alternative Therapies Group in Salem, and INSA in Easthampton. What should I buy? Whatever you buy, just take it slow.  If you haven’t had a toke since 1979 you will be knocked on your behind if you suck on a joint the way you used to. There has been a lot of genetic engineering over the last 40 years. The bud tenders are solid though and will steer you in the right direction. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. How much will it cost? Doesn’t matter – just bring lots of cash and since you will be waiting in a long – get all you can afford within the legal limit. For about $60, you’ll get an eighth of an ounce.  That’s enough for light smoker for a few weeks. How much can I buy? Legally,… 

Marijuana Stores are Open in Massachusetts

Marijuana Stores are Open in Massachusetts A full two years after the law passed, the first two recreational marijuana shops opened in Massachusetts. So far, just two have opened their doors: Cultivate in Leicester and New England Treatment Access, or NETA, in Northampton – Sorry Boston. You are going to have to wait even longer. What’s Next? The next to open are likely to be Pharmacannis Massachusetts in Wareham, Alternative Therapies Group in Salem, and INSA in Easthampton – Sorry Pittsfield. You are going to have to wait even longer. They still need inspections. Long Lines Be ready to wait in line if you are lucky enough to make it to Leicester or Northampton. Local Government Moratoriums – Time to Speak Up The state blames local governments for the delay. Many towns have moratoriums on pot companies set to expire on Jan. 1.  It’s time to make your opinion known if you want to see those moratoriums lifted. And that you don’t want a moratorium replaced with permitting hurdles like large fees or a regulatory mine field. Back to Boston – Time to speak Up, Bostonians Although Bostonians overwhelmingly voted for legalization, the administration of Mayor Martin J.…