The state Legislature has pushed back the timeline for the opening of recreational marijuana shops.
On Wednesday in informal session, the Legislature fast-tracked a bill to delay the implementation of recreational marijuana for six months. The move pushes the timeline back for marijuana shops to open from the anticipated Jan. 1, 2018 to July, 2018 - and likely even longer for the Berkshires.
The recreational use and "home grown" aspect went into effect last Wednesday, but there is no regulatory framework in place for the commercial production or sale of non-medical marijuana in Massachusetts, and the commonwealth has until January 2018 to implement such a framework.
Recreational marijuana use is now legal in Massachusetts.
But don't expect much to notice much of a difference, other than reading a few news stories or seeing some Facebook posts. While home use is legal now, retail stores won't be opened until at least 2018 and lawmakers have already toyed with the idea of delaying that timeline.
The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is sponsoring a forum on marijuana and substance abuse on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. at Massachusetts college of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center.
The event is free and open to the public; pizza will be served at 5:45 p.m.
Dr. Jennifer Michaels says every patient she sees struggling with serious addiction began by smoking marijuana at a young age.
Michaels, the medical director at the Brien Center, joined District Attorney David Capeless Tuesday in a forum at Berkshire Community College urging a no vote on the referendum to legalize marijuana, which will be on the ballot in November. Michaels outlined her belief that the legalization will lead to more issues with addictions while Capeless said public safety wou