Massachusetts marijuana

Harvard Professor Evaluates Legal Marijuana in Massachusetts

We are either facing the end of the world or utopia, depending on whom you ask.

Either way, both pro and con forces say life will change based on the vote for referendum Question 4, which asks if Massachusetts marijuana should be legalized for recreational use.

Proponents say legal marijuana will raise tax revenue, reduce crime, stimulate the economy and improve public health.

Opponents say legal marijuana will increase the use of alcohol and other drugs, increase crime, cause traffic accidents and cause teenagers to skip school.

But Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska say don’t worry about it. No matter which way the vote goes, nothing much will change, according to Harvard professor Jeffrey Miron. Read More

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The Story Behind the Denver Marijuana Ballot Measure

When Colorado started selling legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, it gave most tourists and some residents no place to consume what they lawfully bought.

A Denver initiative on ballots being sent out Monday aims to change that, and one state lawmaker said it could be a “shot across the bow” that persuades the legislature to act on a statewide policy.

While some smaller Colorado cities and towns have allowed cannabis clubs, Denver voters are being asked to approve a potentially even more expansive program: Initiative 300 would create a four-year pilot program allowing regular businesses, such as bars or cafes or even yoga studios, to seek permits for bring-your-own marijuana, over-21 consumption areas that are indoors (allowing vaping and edibles, but not smoking) or outdoors (allowing smoking). Read More

Cannabis Stops Bullying

Colorado Will Use Marijuana Tax Revenue to Prevent School Bullying

Colorado plans to distribute millions of dollars in surplus marijuana tax revenues to schools in an effort to prevent bullying.

The money, totaling about $66 million, is available due to Proposition BB, which permits the state to keep the surplus tax revenues from marijuana, Denver7, an ABC affiliate, reported.

About $2.9 million of the surplus funds will go toward bullying prevention grants offered to approximately 50 schools by the Colorado Department of Education for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the CDE announced. The schools will receive grants up to $40,000 per year for bullying prevention.

Schools that receive the grant will get specialized training from a prevention coach and form a bullying prevention committee including teachers, staff and parents.

“It’s a lot of money,” Dr. Adam Collins, bullying prevention and education grant coordinator for the CDE, told Denver7. “It’s a great opportunity for schools to apply and make sure the social and emotional wellness of their students is taken care of.”

Colorado schools have until Oct. 21 to apply for the grant.