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.

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Baker eyes $200M for roads, Warren nets endorsement

It’s pothole season in Massachusetts, and Gov. Charlie Baker said he’ll soon be filing legislation to fix the winter-battered pavement. Also, Setti Warren’s gubernatorial campaign accepted the backing of the firefighters’ association in Newton.

More reports of Hefner misdeeds spur concern, calls for Rosenberg’s ouster

The Boston Globe reported that despite a purported firewall, Bryon Hefner had access to the Senate president’s email; lobbied for and then against an earmark for the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, where Hefner worked for a time; and gave direction to Rosenberg’s staff. “If those allegations are true, then I don’t see any way he could remain Senate president,” Gov. Charlie Baker said.

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.