Business Briefs: Package Store Association votes to support members who seek retail pot licenses



Package Store Association supports retail pot licenses

The Massachusetts Package Store Association's board of directors has voted to support members who choose to seek a license for the sale of retail marijuana. The decision follows the passage of a statewide referendum question by Massachusetts voters that legalized retail sales of marijuana beginning in 2018.

Since the referendum was approved, the association has called upon state officials to implement systemic, comprehensive regulatory oversight for retail marijuana sales.

The association will educate members who seek retail marijuana licenses about the key difference between alcohol and cannabis retail operations. Point-of-sales operations in marijuana will be structured differently than alcohol sales. Only employees will be allowed to dispense marijuana, oils and so-called "edibles" or food products that contain marijuana's active ingredients


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Forum on consumer fraud scheduled

Robin Putnam, the research and special projects manager for the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Regulation, will speak at a forum on how to prevent identity theft, credit fraud and spyware on Wednesday, April 5 at St. Patrick's Church parish hall on Route 41.

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A catered lunch at 1 p.m. will precede the presentation which will begin at approximately 1:30. A $10 fee will be collected at the door to cover costs. Putnam will present information on safety from identity theft, online safety scams and fraud prevention, and how to spot and avoid credit card skimming devices.

To reserve space contact: John Zick, director of the West Stockbridge Council on Aging, 413 232-0137,; or Phyllis LeBeau, 413 698-3656,


Walmart Supercenters giving out free cupcakes Sunday

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In honor of everyone's birthday everywhere, Walmart Supercenters nationwide will be giving out free cupcakes between noon and 4 p.m. local time. In Massachusetts, this will translate into 24,360 cupcakes, according to Walmart. The chain operates a Walmart Supercenter in North Adams.


United Personnel offering annual field staff scholarship

Springfield-based United Personnel, which has an office in Pittsfield, has made available its annual Field Staff Scholarship, which offers the recipient $500 towards college expenses, tuition or loan repayment.

The company awards this scholarship to a field staff member or their dependent who has worked at least 160 hours in the past five years, or is currently enrolled or is a recent graduate of an accredited college. Applications can be obtained on United Personnel's website at


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