Central Mass. greener as state cannabis sales hit $1 billion

Cyrus Moulton
| Telegram & Gazette

WORCESTER — Recreational marijuana shops in the state have surpassed $1 billion in gross sales, the state Cannabis Control Commission announced earlier this month, just under two years from the first sales.

In other words, people sure like their pot. 

“This sales milestone represents licensees’ ability to successfully support a safe, accessible and effective adult-use industry, and I am pleased the resulting tax benefits will have a significant impact on communities throughout the Commonwealth,” Commission Chairman Steven J. Hoffman said in a statement. 

Indeed, that revenue is welcomed.

“We’ve been very fortunate that we’ve had Caroline’s Cannabis operating in the town of Uxbridge. Caroline’s been a great neighbor and business partner,” Uxbridge Town Manager Steven Sette said of the town’s first retail marijuana store. 

Sette reported the town has received roughly $400,000 from marijuana businesses — there are now three operating in town — 

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Black Lives Matter activist says his business was burned because of racial justice work

Jerome Gunn, leader of Black Lives Matter Gadsden, says his business was targeted this week by arsonists because of his work in the racial justice movement.

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Gunn’s auto detailing business, called RJT & More, was set ablaze by an alleged arsonist. While the damage was not apparent from the outside, Gunn said the business had been declared a total loss by the fire department.

Gadsden Fire Chief Stephen Carroll said Saturday that the department believes the fire was set intentionally and have turned the matter over the Gadsden Police Department for further investigation.

Gadsden police did not immediately return requests for comment on this story.

On Saturday, BLM Gadsden issued a press release saying they believe the fire was set in retaliation for Gunn’s work with that organization, and stating that Gunn has been targeted for retaliation due to his leadership in the BLM movement.


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Mastering strategy crucial for business success

The collective noun for a group of wildebeest is a confusion. I often thought this would be an appropriate collective noun for a group of strategists. They can be a strange bunch, particularly when forced to mix in multi-agency group settings.

Dave Winterlich is chief strategy officer at Dentsu Aegis Network

This week on Inside Marketing I caught up with Julian Cole, strategy consultant and founder of the Planning Dirty Academy. Strategy is one of those abstract roles that often leads to what is best described as infectious confusion. When posed with a seemingly benign question, ”What do you do all day?” the strategist is often found floundering, verbally incapacitated and struggling to respond succinctly.

This inability to articulate is partly because strategy people tend to be a bit odd. Their brains work in a lightly different, often unstructured, way. A good strategic mind can moonlight between accepted wisdom and

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Here are answers to your questions about conducting DMV business during the pandemic

But since DMV business can’t always be postponed, we have compiled some tips and other information to help.

The basics

Your visit begins online. The District, Maryland and Virginia have expanded online services during the pandemic so you should check if your needed transaction can be done on your state agency’s website. Dozens of transactions, including some driver’s services such as license renewals and vehicle registrations, can be done from the comfort of your couch. (Bless the World Wide Web!)

If you have to go in person, make an appointment. Showing up without a reservation is a waste of time. None of the region’s motor vehicle service centers are accepting walk-ins. Appointments are limited, so if you know you’re going to need in-person services in the next few months, you should start trying to book an appointment now.

Be patient, persistent and prepared. When booking appointments online, some locations

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Watermark Planning & Self-Study Named ‘New Product of the Year’ by Business Intelligence | National News

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Watermark, a pioneer in educational intelligence, has been awarded the 2020 New Product of the Year by the Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Awards for Business. The award recognizes the company’s innovative assessment planning and accreditation management solution, Watermark Planning & Self-Study, for its ability to increase efficiencies and create a more holistic integration of institutional effectiveness processes, including assessment planning, program review, learning outcomes assessment, and accreditation reporting. The Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Awards for Business is an annual program that rewards companies, products and people leading the way in their respective industries.

Watermark is delivering a solution that streamlines processes, breaks down data silos, and empowers institutions…

Representing the best of what the company has learned about planning, assessment, and accreditation from its +1,700 university partners over the last 20 years, Watermark Planning & Self-Study offers a streamlined system

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Apple and Amazon’s Strategic Difference; Announcing TI 50: The Information’s Weekly Newsletter

I’ve been to a lot of startup conferences. I felt it was time to build a new one. So on Dec. 9, we are hosting our first TI 50 conference, a chance for leaders in the private tech sector to come together to discuss and tackle the biggest challenges of the moment—from the future of the office to building diverse teams to managing your cloud stack, cap table and more. We’re running the event in conjunction with publishing our first list of the 50 most promising startups: TI 50.

A couple of things will make this event stand apart: first and foremost, our community of attendees. As I reflect on our recently wrapped SPAC conference, I feel extraordinarily grateful for our fabulous attendees, who kept our speakers on their toes with question after question. I’m still brokering follow-ups.

Then of course there are our phenomenal speakers. Amir, Kate and

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Masters final round TV could switch from CBS to ABC

Imagine, if you will: It’s Sunday afternoon. Tiger Woods is tied for the lead at the Masters. There are two holes left. It’s closing in on 3 p.m. ET, the end of the scheduled broadcast window for longtime TV partner CBS, which has some NFL games to get to.

a tree in a park: Masters Tournament 2020

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Masters Tournament 2020

What happens next?

According to a report by Sports Business Journal, should such a scenario arise due to weather delays or a playoff, CBS may hand the Masters broadcast over to ABC.

Sounds wild but discussions like this among the TV broadcast partners must be had, because you just never know.

ESPN is the Masters other TV partner and has the rights to the first two rounds. ESPN and ABC are part of the Disney family. ABC does not have any conflicts Sunday afternoon because it’s not part of the NFL’s TV contracts.


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2020 WWE Survivor Series matches, card, predictions, start time, Raw vs. SmackDown teams, location, date

One of the premier events on the WWE calendar is ready to return as the 2020 Survivor Series approaches. Despite winning the night during last year’s event, however, the NXT brand will not be partaking in the Survivor Series festivities. This year, the Survivor Series event will return to the Raw vs. SmackDown format as the battle for main-roster brand supremacy rages on. 

Champions from each brand will face off in a series of standard matches and, of course, we’ll be treated to a pair of iconic Survivor Series elimination tag matches with one featuring men from each brand and another highlighting the women. It makes for a night of unique pairings just months before WWE hits the Road to WrestleMania.

Survivor Series takes place on Sunday, Nov. 22 from the ThunderDome inside Orlando’s Amway Center. The pay-per-view will kick off at 7 p.m. ET following an hour-long kickoff show

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5 Best Online Learning Platforms to Start Selling Courses Today

Man Taking Notes During an Online Course

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The way we learn has changed. Over the course of the last year, circumstances have driven more and more people to turn to online learning. Whether it be taking academic courses or diving into a new creative skill, everyone is slowly adjusting to using their computer to fulfill their needs. This opens up a huge opportunity for those who want to share their knowledge. Luckily, teaching online is easier than ever thanks to the numerous online learning platforms now available.

Learning management systems (LMS) used to be reserved for big corporations or universities, but that’s no longer the case. As an increasing number of people are creating online courses, more learning platforms have cropped up at lower prices. But

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Stock market crash: how I’d find today’s cheap UK shares for the new bull market

Finding cheap UK shares to buy after the stock market crash may become an increasingly difficult task. After all, the new bull market has produced improving performances from shares across the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 over recent months. As such, many undervalued stocks are now trading at higher prices.

Despite this, searching for cheap stocks in unpopular sectors, comparing their valuations to sector peers and determining their quality, could make it easier to build a portfolio of worthwhile investments. They could deliver market outperformance in a stock market recovery.

Searching for cheap UK shares in struggling sectors

The stock market crash has led to extremely weak investor sentiment towards a number of sectors. Within them, it may be possible to find cheap UK shares that trade on lower valuations than the wider market.

For example, industries likely to be impacted greatly by a weak economic outlook could face more

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