NCIA Moving Seed to Sale Show From Denver to Boston in 2019

The National Cannabis Industry Association is taking one of its marquee events from Denver to the East Coast. The NCIA Seed to Sale Show, which has been held in the Mile High City for the past two years (the 2018 show ran February 7-8 at the Colorado Convention Center), will move to Boston in 2019, according to an announcement from the NCIA.

Massachusetts voters approved retail cannabis in 2016, and retail dispensaries are expected to open in several areas of the state by July 2018, including Boston. At nearly 1,600 members, the NCIA is one of the largest trade groups in the legal cannabis industry, and its annual Seed to Sale show is a national conference and expo for businesses and entrpreneurs involved in direct operations with the plant.

The NCIA holds cannabis caucuses for members in Denver many times a year, and executive director Aaron Smith told Westword that the group will continue to have a presence in Colorado during an interview at the 2018 Seed to Sale Show on February 8.

“Colorado is continued to be looked at as, really, the example to what a successful regulated cannabis industry can look like in all fifty states and places like Canada,” Smith said. “We will continue to host major events in Colorado; a large member base is here. We just made a decision to move this conference east to so we can impart some of the knowledge from Colorado and other states to these new, emerging markets.”

The NCIA Cannabis Business Summit, the organization’s annual headlining event, was held in Denver in 2014 but has been held in a different city every year since; the 2018 edition will be in San Jose in May.
The 2017 and 2018 Seed to Sale Shows in Denver drew nearly 5,000 attendees and 275 vendors combined, according to the NCIA.

Watch our full interview with Smith below as we chat about the future of Colorado’s cannabis industry and the NCIA’s presence in the state going forward, as more states legalize the plant for recreational use.

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The Boston Freedom Rally: Time To Finish the Job and Fully Legalize It

I just returned last evening from the 26th annual Boston Freedom Rally on the historic Boston Common, a lovely event that has become more celebration than protest as Massachusetts moves ever closer to ending prohibition and fully legalizing marijuana.

The weather this year was fabulous, with bright blue autumn New England skies and comfortable fall temperatures, the crowds were huge, especially on Saturday (the largest crow I recall experiencing in my twenty-plus years attending), and the overwhelming feeling was one of confident optimism at this latest Freedom Rally, as Massachusetts looks forward to the opportunity to fully legalize marijuana by way of a voter initiative in November of 2016.

In fact, there are currently two competing initiatives starting to collect signatures to qualify for the ballot in 2016, and both are great for consumers.

Two Competing Legalization Initiatives

One, an effort know as Bay State Repeal, is a project organized primarily by long-time in-state activists involved with MassCann/NORML, the NORML state affiliate in Massachusetts, led by attorney Steve Epstein from Georgetown, Mass. The other, The Campaign To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, is a project organized and funded by the Marijuana Policy Project, although the standard MPP model has been tailored somewhat by the input of a handful of long-time, in-state legalization activists, including especially Richard Evans and Michael Cutler from Northampton, Mass.

The major difference between the two approaches involves the degree of regulation for the proposed legal marijuana industry.

Bay State Repeal

Indeed, the Bay State Repeal proposal has no limitation on the amount of marijuana one can cultivate or possess for personal use, and the only restriction is a prohibition on the sale to minors. It is a version of what is frequently called the “tomato model,” and calls for marijuana to be treated like other legal commodities. Licensed retail stores may sell any amount of marijuana to those 21 and above. Retail sales of marijuana would be subject to the state’s regular sales tax rate of 6.25 percent.

The Bay State Repeal proposal would also authorize marijuana farms, locally licensed marijuana farmers’ markets and marijuana products producers to be licensed by the state. It would also permit municipalities to license cannabis cafes or private clubs where marijuana could be sold and consumed, but not alcohol. And it includes provisions protecting lawful marijuana users from being deemed guilty of abuse or neglect of their minor children, without other evidence; and provisions attempting to protect employees from being fired for their off-job marijuana use.

Campaign To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol places strict limits on the amount of marijuana an individual may possess or cultivate. Adults could possess up to one ounce of marijuana out of the home, and up to 10 ounces in an enclosed, locked space within their home; and could cultivate up to six marijuana plants, with a limit of 12 per household.

The CRMLA proposal would license commercial growers, product manufacturing facilities and testing facilities, and would establish the Cannabis Control Commission to implement and enforce regulations controlling the legal marijuana industry. Retail marijuana sales would be subject to a special 3.7 percent excise tax, as well as the regular state sales tax of 6.25 percent. In addition, municipalities would be permitted to enact an additional 2 percent tax on retail sales within their jurisdiction. Localities under this proposal would have the authority to permit on-premise consumption at licensed venues, if approved by local initiative.

This proposal also seeks to protect marijuana-smoking parents from charges of child abuse or neglect, without specific evidence beyond their use of marijuana; but does not limit an employer’s right to fire an employee for off-the-job marijuana use.

Neither proposal would permit public smoking or change the current laws regarding driving while impaired from marijuana.

How Do We Choose?

Now that both proposals have been certified by the state Attorney General, supporters of each measure must collect 64,750 signatures from voters by November 2015 to qualify for the 2016 ballot. If one qualifies, and one does not, all proponents of legalization must get behind the one that’s on the ballot.

As a consumer, both proposals are attractive. Smokers in 46 states would dearly love to have either of these plans in place in their state. They both end the practice of treating marijuana smokers like criminals, both permit personal cultivation, and both establish a legal market where consumers can buy their marijuana.

Obviously, if both qualify for the ballot, it has the real potential to split the legalization vote and leave prohibition in place. So one could hope that the two sides will eventually get together behind one proposal or the other, based on what the polling demonstrates can realistically win. But that is far from certain, as early efforts to find common ground were unsuccessful.

So we need to let this process work itself out, and the result may come down to which of the two has the funding to collect the required signatures, and run a professional campaign. We should keep our powder dry until we see the results of this next phase.

Helpful State Supreme Court Ruling

One additional promising development occurred in Massachusetts over the last few days, leading up to the Freedom Rally. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, their highest court, handed down an important decision holding that because the possession of a small amount of marijuana in the state has, since 2008, been decriminalized, with the penalty reduced to a $ 100 civil fine, the police may no longer use suspicion that the occupant of an automobile may possess marijuana as legal justification to search the car or the occupants of the car, without a search warrant.

“Permitting police to stop a vehicle based on reasonable suspicion that an occupant possesses marijuana does not serve objectives” of the new law, Justice Margot Botsford wrote for the majority, explaining that allowing such stops “does not refocus police efforts on pursuing more serious crime,” a stated goal of changing the law in 2008.

Botsford’s opinion followed earlier Supreme Judicial Court rulings in 2011, and again in 2014, holding the odor of burned marijuana alone does not provide grounds for police to order occupants to exit a car, and that the smell of burned or unburned marijuana does not justify searching a vehicle without a warrant.

Which makes Massachusetts an even more inviting place to live, or to visit, if one is a marijuana smoker. Now let’s finish the job and enact full legalization by voter initiative in 2016. It’s our breakout year, and Massachusetts should be a big part of that.

 

 

 

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Secretary of State Kerry fined for not shoveling by Boston home

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London January 22, 2015.

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(Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was slapped with a $ 50 fine for failing to have a side street adjoining his Boston home shoveled following the blizzard that dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on Massachusetts this week, a spokesman said on Friday.

The fine was issued on Thursday after a snow-removal company hired by Kerry and his neighbors in the city’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood saw yellow tape blocking the sidewalk alongside the home and thought it was related to security for the top U.S. diplomat.

The tape had been put up to warn pedestrians of falling ice and snow, said Kerry’s spokesman, Glen Johnson.

“Once they understood that they were allowed to enter the area, the contractors finished the sidewalk late Thursday morning,” he said.

Kerry was in Saudi Arabia with President Barack Obama to attend the funeral of King Abdullah and meet with his successor, King Salman, at the time of the storm.

“The snow has all been shoveled now,” Johnson said.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)


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Paul Revere’s time capsule unearthed in Boston

(Reuters) – A centuries-old time capsule buried by Paul Revere, an icon of the American Revolutionary War, was unearthed during repairs at the Massachusetts State House in Boston this week, Secretary of State William Galvin said on Friday.

The box-shaped capsule from 1795 has not yet been opened, but is believed to contain artifacts that include coins, papers and a metal plate made by the silversmith-turned-soldier, Galvin, who is also head of the state historical commission, told Reuters.

“The question is, what condition are they in?” he said.

The capsule had been placed in the cornerstone of the State House by Revere and fellow American revolutionary Sam Adams, who was then the governor of Massachusetts. It was removed on Thursday after work crews began repairing a water leak in the building.

Galvin said the box would be x-rayed over the weekend, and will be opened in subsequent days if it is determined that is possible without damaging its contents. He said it would be replaced in the corner stone in the next few months, possibly with additional items from this era.

According to Galvin, the capsule had been removed, opened, and inventoried once before, in 1855, after its original leather container deteriorated. The box is now made of copper.

Revere is best known for alerting Colonial fighters to the approach of British Forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775.

(Reporting by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)


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Out on bail, man breaks into Boston Police car for nap: police

(Reuters) – A Connecticut man charged with stealing a taxi cab stepped out of a Boston Police Department station house and into an empty patrol car for a nap early on Monday morning, police said.

Shortly after being arrested on charges of stealing a car and released on bail, 33-year-old Nicholas Cunliffe of Stratford, Connecticut, was found asleep in the front seat of an empty police car outside the police station where he had been booked.

“After officers were able to rouse Cunliffe from his nap, he told officers he was just looking for a place to rest,” police said in a statement, adding that they were not sure how he had gotten into the cruiser.

Cunliffe was charge with breaking and entering.

It was the second time this month that Boston police have arrested someone for breaking into someone else’s car for a nap.

Last Wednesday, a woman found two people asleep in her car parked near an area hospital after she got off work on a night shift.

Police arrested Jean Marcellus, 30, of Boston, and Nicole Makseyn, 38, of Lexington and charged them with breaking and entering a motor vehicle.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Barber; Editing by Scott Malone and James Dalgleish)


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U.S. VP Biden congratulates wrong man in Boston mayor’s race

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gestures after a meeting with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto at Los Pinos Presidential Residence in Mexico City September 20, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gestures after a meeting with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto at Los Pinos Presidential Residence in Mexico City September 20, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Edgard Garrido

BOSTON | Thu Nov 7, 2013 10:19am EST

(Reuters) – As he watched the returns in Boston’s most competitive mayoral race in two decades on Tuesday night, Marty Walsh’s cell phone rang.

“A 202 number popped up, and I picked it up. It was Vice President (Joe) Biden. He went right into it, ‘Congratulations, Marty, you son of a gun. You did it!'” Walsh recalled on Thursday. “I said, ‘Mr. Vice President, you have the wrong Marty Walsh.'”

Biden had intended to call labor activist and state Senator Marty Walsh, who had just been elected mayor of Boston. Instead he was on the line with the Marty Walsh, president of Gateway Public Solutions, a public affairs consulting firm in Boston.

“He laughed, and he was great about it,” said non-Mayor-elect Walsh, who worked in the administration of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and before that for Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

He has been getting calls for the other Marty Walsh for more than a decade, he said, and considers him a friend.

He was so used to the drill that he gave Biden the correct phone number, and the vice president signed off by saying, “Congratulations on not being the mayor,” according to Walsh.

This year the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history, Thomas Menino, decided not to seek reelection after 20 years in office. Incumbent mayors in Boston are rarely defeated.

Boston’s political scene is crowded with Democrats of Irish descent, illustrated by the fact that the losing candidate in Tuesday’s race, City Councilor John Connolly, also fit that description.

The consultant Marty Walsh said he was not sure that having a name doppelganger in City Hall would make his life any easier.

“I don’t think it’s going to help my parking situation at all,” he joked.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Douglas Royalty)


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Boston University School of Medicine Say’s “Smoking Weed Has No Negative Effect On Health”

High on the not shocking news front!

According to U.S. researchers at Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine, marijuana has been found to have no negative effects on human health. They determined that daily pot smokers were no more likely to have adverse health issues, requiring doctor visits than non-weed smoker.

Vindication!

Scientist from Boston’s two most prestigious medical institution randomly sampled “normal” patients who tested positive for marijuana’s THC cannabinoids to see if the pot had any adverse effects on their health.

What they found dropped the medical communities collective jaw!

No evidence was found to substantiate the long help notion that weed was the “devil’s lettuce.” Quite to the contrary… they discovered there was no difference between people who smoke marijuana on a daily basis and those who do not.

The Rubin Report then treads into some dark but true terrain from a logic standpoint. Pointing out that the medical marijuana community has knowns for years that pot’s cannabinoids are beneficial  to mankind. And that Dr. Gupta and his ilk are so beholden to the AMA’s deep pockets – it wasn’t until the pharmacological world gave Dr. Gupta the ‘green light’ to acknowledge marijuana’s beneficial cannabinoids… because their synthetic version was tested and ready for market. Cynical…but likely accurate.

Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company. ~ Mark Twain

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Boston homeless man finds bag stuffed with cash, turns it in

BOSTON | Mon Sep 16, 2013 5:01pm EDT

(Reuters) – A Boston homeless man turned over to police a backpack stuffed with nearly $ 42,000 worth of cash and travelers checks shortly after he found it at a shopping mall, police said on Monday.

“The Good Samaritan could only provide officers with his name and the address of the shelter where he currently lives,” according to a police press release.

The man, identified by police as Glen James, found the bag Saturday evening at the South Bay Mall in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester.

He gave it to police, who later found the owner – a Chinese national whose passport was also in the bag, police said. The owner’s name was not released.

James was given a special citation from Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis on Monday afternoon “for his extraordinary show of character and honesty,” the police department said.

(Writing by Richard Valdmanis; editing by Andrew Hay)


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VIDEO: 74-year-old First Vermont Man To Be Fined, Not Jailed, For Pot Growing

Vermont police fined a 74-year-old man $200 for marijuana he grew from seed at his apartment, in the state’s first civil penalty under a new law that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of pot.

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VIDEO: WASHINGTON Breaking News: GOP Lawmaker: IRS Targeting Likely Led by Washington

GOP lawmaker: IRS targeting likely led by Washington. U.S. lawmakers want better Russia cooperation after Boston bombs. Chuck Schumer Predicts Immigration Bill Passage In Senate By July 4

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3 Dead, Many More Injured in Boston Bomb Blasts

Authorities searching for suspects, motive behind attack at finish line of Boston Marathon

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By HealthDay staff

MONDAY, April 15 (HealthDay News) — Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon, killing at least three people and injuring more than 100 people, according to published reports.

The dead included an 8-year-old boy, the Boston Globe reported, citing a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation.

Blood and broken glass covered the sidewalks near the blasts. Some of the injured had lost limbs. Others were unconscious, the Globe reported.

The first explosion occurred about four hours after the winners crossed the finish line for the marathon, held every year on Patriots Day, a state holiday that commemorates the start of the American Revolution. Another blast rocked the area a few seconds later.

Authorities streamed onto the race course to carry away the injured. Runners who hadn’t finished the 26.2-mile race were routed away from the site of the explosions, the Associated Press reported.

“We still do not know who did this or why; we still don’t have all the facts,” President Barack Obama said shortly after 6 p.m. “We will get to the bottom of this. We will find who did this, and we will find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice.”

A White House official, speaking anonymously because the investigation was still unfolding, said the attack was being treated as a terrorist act, the AP reported.

The police said they had no suspects in custody, and officials in Washington said no person or group had claimed responsibility, the AP reported.

The injured were taken to a medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners.

“There are a lot of people down,” a male runner told the AP. Another runner, Laura McLean from Toronto, said, “There are people who are really, really bloody.” She was in the medical tent being treated for dehydration when she was moved out to make room for people injured in the explosions.

TV footage taken from a helicopter showed blood staining the pavement in the popular Black Bay shopping and tourist area.

The marathon honored the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting massacre in December with a special mile marker in Monday’s race, the AP reported.

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FBI turns up heat in investigation of 1990 Boston art heist

BOSTON | Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:50pm EDT

BOSTON (Reuters) – The FBI believes it has identified the thieves who stole 13 artworks from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 in the costliest art theft in U.S. history and asked for anyone who had seen the paintings to contact the bureau.

On the 23rd anniversary of the theft, which stands as one of the most prominent unsolved crimes in modern Boston, officials said that their top priority was recovering the $ 500 million in missing art, which includes Rembrandt’s “Storm on the Sea of Galilee” and Edouard Manet’s “Chez Tortoni.”

The holes in the Gardner museum’s collection are prominent, in part because the empty frames that once held the paintings remain, empty, on the gallery walls due to a quirk in the will of the museum’s founder.

FBI officials said they believed the artworks were offered for sale in Connecticut and Philadelphia in the years after the heist and said they suspect much of the art could still be in the northeastern United States.

“It’s likely that over the years, someone – a friend, a neighbor or relative – has seen the art hanging on a wall, placed above a mantle or stored in an attic,” Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office, told a Monday press conference.

“We want that person to call us.”

The museum reiterated its offer of a $ 5 million reward for information that leads directly to the return of all the art.

Law enforcement officials said they could offer immunity from prosecution to anyone who comes forward to surrender the paintings. Any prosecution would focus on charges of possession or trafficking in stolen property, since the statute of limitations on prosecuting the original theft has expired.

“Immunity is available, it’s a very strong possibility,” said U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, noting that the artwork could be in the possession of people who were unaware it had been stolen.

THIEVES IDENTIFIED, FBI SAYS

DesLauriers said the bureau had identified the suspected thieves, who he described as members of a criminal organization with a presence in the mid-Atlantic states and New England. He said the FBI did not want to release the identities of its suspects because that could compromise its investigation.

The FBI called on anyone who had seen any of the missing art – which also includes works by Vermeer and Degas – to report it. (tips.fbi.gov)

On the night of March 18, 1990, two men dressed as police officers arrived at the private museum’s front door, and a security guard let them in. The thieves allegedly overpowered both guards, who were found duct-taped to chairs in the museum’s basement the next morning.

The 13 stolen artworks included paintings, drawings, sculpture and a beaker. The FBI posted a Web site on Monday with photos and descriptions of the stolen works. (here)

Thieves rarely succeed in selling well-known stolen art for anything near its worth, said Robert Wittman, a former FBI agency who today works as a private art security and recover expert.

That is because artwork is easily identified as stolen and serious collectors and dealers look into a work’s origin before buying it.

“People who steal these types of paintings, they never monetize them,” Wittman said. Usually they are common criminals, they are involved in many areas of criminal activity – car theft, gun-running, and they don’t realize that the painting world is a whole different situation.”

Because of the difficulty of selling stolen art, there is a risk that the paintings taken from the Gardner museum have been destroyed or damaged, Wittman said.

“Once you cut it out of the frame and things get rolled up … things deteriorate pretty quickly,” Wittman said.

The Gardner Museum was founded by Isabella Stewart Gardner, an art collector who died in 1924. Her will contained very specific conditions on the running of the museum, including the arrangement of her collection and free admission to anyone named Isabella, a practice that continues today.

The FBI solved Boston’s other long-running crime mystery in June 2011 when it found accused mobster James “Whitey” Bulger hiding in a seaside California community. Bulger, who is accused of committing or ordering 19 murders, was arrested on a tip that came in after the FBI launched a publicity campaign aimed at tracking him down. He had been on the run since 1994.

(Editing by Lisa Von Ahn, Leslie Adler, Gary Hill and Andrew Hay)

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Wandering Cape Cod bear captured in Boston suburb

A black bear is seen in a tree in Brookline, in this handout photo posted by the Brookline Massachusetts police June 26, 2012. A male black bear captured on Cape Cod earlier this month, where it was tranquilized and moved to central Massachusetts, showed up again on Tuesday just six miles from downtown Boston. State officials said they had captured the bear in a tree in the Chestnut Hill area of Brookline, just west of Boston, and confirmed it was the same bear which roamed the Cape for about two weeks before being captured and relocated on June 12. REUTERS/Brookline Police/Handout

A black bear is seen in a tree in Brookline, in this handout photo posted by the Brookline Massachusetts police June 26, 2012. A male black bear captured on Cape Cod earlier this month, where it was tranquilized and moved to central Massachusetts, showed up again on Tuesday just six miles from downtown Boston. State officials said they had captured the bear in a tree in the Chestnut Hill area of Brookline, just west of Boston, and confirmed it was the same bear which roamed the Cape for about two weeks before being captured and relocated on June 12.

Credit: Reuters/Brookline Police/Handout

BOSTON | Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:11am EDT

BOSTON (Reuters) – He’s baaack: A male black bear captured on Cape Cod earlier this month, where it was tranquilized and moved to central Massachusetts, showed up again on Tuesday just six miles from downtown Boston.

State officials said they had captured the bear in a tree in the Chestnut Hill area of Brookline, just west of Boston, and confirmed it was the same bear which roamed the Cape for about two weeks before being captured and relocated on June 12.

The bear was identified by a tag placed in its ear. It had probably traveled about 100 miles.

“Because this bear was in a highly congested urban area, an interagency Large Animal Response Team was deployed to the area,” said the Massachusetts’ wildlife agency, known as MassWildlife.

The 180-pound bear was then shot with a tranquilizer dart by the Environmental Police. Later, MassWildlife officials transported the animal to a remote location in western Massachusetts, about 150 miles away.

The Boston Globe reported that the bear was spotted in a white pine tree in the backyard of Alan Leventhal, chief executive of Beacon Capital Partners, one of the largest real estate investment trusts in the United States, and on Boston University’s Board of Trustees.

The agency said that black bear sightings have been reported in a number of towns west and south of Boston recently but could not confirm that all sightings were the same bear.

The Boston Globe reported that the bear was spotted in a white pine tree in the backyard of Alan Leventhal, chief executive of Beacon Capital Partners, one of the largest real estate investment trusts in the United States, and on Boston University’s Board of Trustees.

The Brookline Police Department tweeted photographs of the bear in the tree, with a caption that was a twist on the classic children’s book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See”:

“Black bear, black bear what do you see? I see Brookline police looking at me.”

The so-called Cape Cod bear was first spotted May 27 in the Cape Cod area, the easternmost part of the state. State wildlife officials think the bear swam across the Cape Cod Canal from the mainland.

The Massachusetts bear population was last estimated at 3,000 in 2005, with most bears in northwest and western parts of the state, including the Berkshires region.

The black bear population has been slowly growing and expanding its range into eastern and southeastern Massachusetts, state officials said. Of the three species of bear found in North America, the American black bear is the smallest.

(Reporting By Ros Krasny)

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