Do cannabis regulators need to rein in focus? Concerns grow at State House

House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he agrees with many of the concerns Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration have raised with the Cannabis Control Commission’s draft industry regulations, including the worry that regulators have bitten off more than they can chew by trying to simultaneously launch several different categories of marijuana businesses.

Worcester an outlier in preventing opioid deaths

Although no single solution has been the magic bullet, there are signs Worcester is gaining ground. Of the 25 largest municipalities in Massachusetts, Worcester was one of five to see its opioid deaths per capita drop in 2016.

Sina-cism: Undermining your rights in the name of gun safety

“The Massachusetts bump stock ban is a case of government overreach that is unlikely to do anything to reduce gun violence. Most mass shootings come with warning signs that should have been recognized beforehand. But prevention is difficult and rarely makes the headlines. Tragedies do, and lawmakers are willing to do anything to show they are responding.”

Worcester’s Power Players, a more definitive list

If we are going to honor the developers, we also have to acknowledge the role of those who create the crucial infrastructure of a vital built environment – the artists, the preservationists, the tree huggers and the tree planters. … They too are the “power players.”

Casino magnate Wynn faces Bay State scrutiny amid sex assault allegations

The state Gaming Commission launched an investigation following a Jan. 26 Wall Street Journal report on what the newspaper called “a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct” by Steve Wynn — whose firm is building a $2.4 billion Everett gaming resort — including instances of pressuring employees to perform sex acts.

Marijuana black market could yield common ground for Baker, U.S. attorney

At the state level, where marijuana has been legalized for medical and other uses, stamping out the black market trade could bolster the regulated sale of the intoxicant, the governor said recently, and by extension sharpen the focus on efforts to beat back the fentanyl-charged opioid crisis.