Massachusetts Celebrates Legal Weed as Regulators Seek to Make Amends for Drug War

As of last Friday, the first phase of Massachusetts’ voter-approved legalization ballot measure went into effect, allowing adults to possess up to 10 ounces of weed at home, and one ounce on their person. Legal retail sales are expected to begin in July 2018, once state officials have established regulations for the legal market. To celebrate, weed enthusiasts, industry insiders, and cannabis advocates came out in force this past weekend at the inaugural Harvest Cup.

The two-day Harvest Cup, held at the DCU Center in Worcester, featured a trade-show exhibition of cannabis growers, vendors, and advocates, a competition offering awards in six categories, and a variety of speakers discussing everything from cannabis history and infused cooking to business advice. But the highlight of the show was a 100-foot-long joint rolled with 1,000 grams of weed. The mammoth joint required 40 people, 3,000 yards of rolling paper, and over a

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