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What's Ahead For Massachusetts' Budding Weed Industry?

Jul 3, 2018

This hour, we give an overview of the NAACP's newly-announced prison gerrymandering lawsuit against Connecticut. Why did the organization choose to target our state? And why now?

Plus, a breakdown of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Janus v. AFSCME. What does the justices’ decision mean for the future of Connecticut’s public-sector unions?

But first, the timeline for legal recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts remains a bit... hazy. We get the latest on the Bay State’s budding industry and find out what lies ahead for pot retailers. 

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The Boston Globe: The state's first company to get a marijuana shop license says it will likely start selling pot in a 'few weeks' - "As of late last week, 32 companies had submitted 63 applications for different marijuana licenses, including those for cultivation, research, manufacturing, transportation, and retail."

Hartford Courant: After Supreme Court Ruling, Malloy Administration Devising New Union Rules - "The Malloy administration, wading into uncharted territory two days after the ruling that threatens public-sector union finances, said it will soon issue a general notice to agencies identifying changes to procedures."

New Haven Independent: NAACP Sues State For "Prison Gerrymandering" - "Ashley Hall, a law student intern in the Rule of Law Clinic at Yale Law School, said a number of states were looked at for a possible suit because the number of states that use the practice. Connecticut, she said, had some particularly stark differences in districts where prisoners are incarcerated and those where they are not. In some districts that are home to prisons in the state, the population would be 15 percent smaller if it did not count its prison population."

Catie Talarski contributed to this show.