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Mass. Cannabis Industry Welcomes Feds' Regulatory Probe

Law360 (November 14, 2019, 6:39 PM EST) -- Cannabis lawyers applauded news last week that the Boston U.S. attorney's office is investigating potential public corruption in the cannabis sector, saying they hope it will rein in what they see as emerging pay-to-play schemes and a regulatory climate that a state cannabis oversight official called "ripe for corruption."

More than half a dozen Massachusetts communities, including Boston, told the Boston Globe they received subpoenas from the office of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling seeking information about so-called host community agreements. These agreements are contracts a cannabis shop must enter into with a city or town before presenting its business plan to...

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