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Framingham Firm Receives Cannabis Testing License

Filed under: Business by News Staff at 12:42 am on October 20, 2018
marijuana plants

Cannabis / Marijuana products sold in Massachusetts will be labeled with a seal certifying it has passed testing for contaminants.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, ("CCC"), has voted in favor of issuing MCR Labs of Framingham its license to operate as an Independent Testing Laboratory ("ITL") for the state's Adult Use Marijuana Program.

While some have complained that the State has been to slow to roll out recreational marijuana sales, the CCC regulations were designed with consumer safety in mind and specify that all retail cannabis product must be tested for and free of contaminants in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, (M.G.L. c. 94G).

MCR Labs is accredited to perform compliance testing "and has been inspected to meet all general operation and security requirements for marijuana establishments" as outlined in the Commission's draft regulations, but there's still a few steps that must be completed before full commercial operation of the lab, (a walk-through and "seed-to-sale" software training).

MCR is setup to perform safety screening of marijuana including testing for heavy metals (arsenic, lead, cadmium, mercury), dozens of pesticides, microbial contaminants, (bacteria, yeast, molds, salmonella, E. coli, etc) as well as testing for volatile organic compounds, residual solvents, terpenes and other chemicals which should not be found in cannabis sold for human consumption.  MCR Labs will also provide cannabis potency and quality profile testing.

Once the few final steps are completed, Massachusetts marijuana growers, cannabis product manufacturers, and others will be able to have their products tested for quality control and potential contaminants at MCR Labs, 85 Speen St. in Framingham, MA.

About MCR Labs: Established in 2013, MCR Labs is an ISO-17025 accredited independent testing lab providing analytical cannabis product testing and R&D services to medicinal and adult use RMDs, patients, caregivers, home growers and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit http://mcrlabs.com

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Framingham Based Staples, TJ Maxx, Marshalls to Close Stores for Thanksgiving Day

Filed under: Business by News Staff at 2:41 pm on October 13, 2018
CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY

Framingham area stores that are closed on Thanksgiving Day

FRAMINGHAM, MA -This year Framingham based Staples, TJ Maxx and Marshalls, along with other major retailers will be joing the growing trend to not open their  stores on Thanksgiving Day.

"We know that the holidays can be a hectic time but Staples is here to ensure shoppers and businesses of all sizes have the tools they need for a successful season," Steve Matyas, Chief Executive Officer, Staples Retail was quoted in a press release. "Our priority as an organization is to ensure that our store associates have the dedicated time they deserve to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends on Thanksgiving Day, so they’ll be ready to support customers on Black Friday and throughout the holidays."

Starting in 2015 Staples joined the growing trend in retail -- something that appeals to those who don't like the over-commercialization of holidays, and of course the employees who would rather have the day off.

Other Framingham area stores that won't be open Thanksgiving day include BJ'S Warehouse, many large stores in Shopper's World including DSW, Barnes & Noble, Marshalls, T.J. Maxx , Pier 1 Imports, Petsmart, Guitar Center, Burlington, Jo-Anne Fabrics, REI, Home Depot and Lowe's.

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Attorney General OK's Downtown Framingham Rezoning Plan

Filed under: Business by News Staff at 4:36 pm on February 10, 2016

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today approved plans by the Town of Framingham to rezone its Central Business District, Downtown Framingham. The rezoning plans were approved on October 21, 2015 by Special Town Meeting members. Town officials see the rezoning as critical to encouraging transit-oriented development (TOD) in Downtown Framingham, and will move their efforts forward to encourage this kind of residential development.

“Downtown Framingham is poised to reclaim its title as an important walkable, urban center for economic development in MetroWest and Greater Boston,” said Charlie Sisitsky, Chair of Framingham’s Board of Selectmen. “The Town of Framingham is excited to offer in Metrowest an urban living experience to people who may be attracted to the Town’s small-town atmosphere and convenient proximity to Boston. We anticipate ...[read more]


Hackers Steal Over Million Customer's Data from Staples Stores

Filed under: Business by News Staff at 3:20 pm on December 21, 2014
(photo) Headquarters of Staples, Inc.

Headquarters of Staples, Inc. located at 500 Staples Drive, Framingham, MA 01702 (USA)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Framingham Massachusetts based office supply retailer Staples, Inc. has released updated info on the recent data breach involving 1.16 Million customer's info from its retail point-of-sale systems.

In mid-September 2014, Staples' data security staff detected criminals had deployed malware to point-of-sale systems at 115 of Staples U.S. retail stores.

Customer data at Staples' Framingham MA retail store was not involved.

The malware allowed transaction data at affected stores, including cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates, and card verification codes to be stolen by the hackers.

The malware allowed access to this data from ...[read more]


Jack's Abby Brewing Plans for Expansion

Filed under: Business by News Staff at 12:17 pm on December 17, 2014
Jack's Abby Brewing (2012) Jack, Eric and Sam Hendler

Brothers Eric,  Jack and Sam Hendler of Jack's Abby Brewing, (framingham.com File Photo)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Today, Jack, Eric and Sam Hendler, co-founders and owners of Jack's Abby Brewing, announced plans to build a significantly larger brewery at 100 Clinton Street, occupying part of the former Dennison Mfg. complex in downtown Framingham.

The expansion will allow the brewery to increase production capacity, warranted by a rise in demand for the beer in its home state, as well as expanded territories such as Connecticut, upstate NY and Vermont only a few short years after the brewery's August 2011 official grand opening.

The new 67,000 sq. foot space (up from the current brewery's 12,000) will feature state-of-the-art brewing equipment including a canning line and a 60 bbl brew house for initial brewing capacity of 50,000 bbls annually, with opportunity to scale up to 125,000 bbls.

"We've developed a great relationship with the town of Framingham over the past three years and couldn't be happier that we found a location for the brewery that meets ...[read more]


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