CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Grillo's Pickles

If you haven't been to the Grillo's Pickles website, you should. There, you'll find the fantastic story of how this company began. We've copied part of it here to save you a click.

Grillo's Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family's 100-year old recipe - one he'd memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. They'd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        Congress Continues to Thwart Sessions' Attempt to Attack Medical Marijuana Use

        Supporters of recreational marijuana use are still celebrating their legislative victory in Massachusetts. But whether they ultimately will be successful at the federal level still is unclear.  While Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been sending signals that indicate that a federal crackdown on the use of marijuana may be imminent in states that have legalized such use, actions by Congress and President Trump have been sending other messages and continue to block Sessions from following through on his threats.

        In May, Sessions delivered a letter to Congress requesting that leaders reject a budget amendment that has been adopted by Congress every year since 2014.  The amendment, known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, prevents the Department of Justice from using any funds to undermine state medical marijuana laws.  The Department of Justice failed in an attempt to circumvent the amendment in California, with a federal courts upholding the prohibition in 2016, and in 2017 so long as the medical marijuana purveyors strictly complied with state law.

        Despite the letter from Sessions, in July the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the extension of the amendment with strong bi-partisan support.   The Republican-led Rules Committee in the U.S. House of representatives also refused to allow a vote to extend the amendment in September.  However, a last minute budget deal approved by President Trump and passed by Congress included an extension of the amendment until December 8, 2017.

        More recently, Sessions sent letters to the governors and attorneys general of Colorado, Oregon and Washington.  According to published reports in the letters, Sessions affirmed that the DOJ “remains committed to enforcing” the federal ban on marijuana, a “dangerous drug.”  Sessions also attacked state-specific federal reports that, he alleged, “[raise] serious questions about the efficacy of marijuana regulatory structures in your state.”

        Representative Dana Rohrabacher, the Republican Congressman who co-sponsored the amendment, continues to push hard to make the amendment permanent.  As he told the Los Angeles Times, “Marijuana got more votes than Trump.  There are millions of Republicans and independents who voted for it.  There are 20 million people a month who use it.”

        A DOJ attempt to enforce the federal ban in a state that has legalized marijuana would have a chilling effect on the legal marijuana industry throughout the country, including Massachusetts.  Investors and entrepreneurs may hesitate to commit financial resources to new businesses if the threat of federal enforcement returns.  However, proponents of medical marijuana use remain optimistic that lawmakers will reach some accommodation soon.