Massachusetts’ effort to legalize marijuana had an aspect of its origins in Worcester, where James Smith, a former state legislator turned consultant, met up with Matthew Huron, a Coloradan and CEO of Good Chemistry with local roots who had come to Massachusetts to assist with the legalization effort.

Today, marijuana is legal and some medical marijuana dispensaries have already sprung up, including Worcester County’s first dispensary, Cultivate Holdings, which opened for business in Leicester on Dec. 1.

The past week brought more news from the state’s Cannabis Control Commission: The panel passed preliminary approvals to allow specialty marijuana cafes and bars that would allow the use of pot products on site; would allow restaurants, cinemas, yoga studios and other businesses to apply for licenses to host the sale and consumption of marijuana-based products in specific areas within their establishments; and permit pot to be home-delivered.

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