Marijuana in Massachusetts, what happens now that it’s legal?

Mass­a­chu­setts voters ear­lier this month over­whelm­ingly approved the legal­iza­tion of recre­ational mar­i­juana. We asked drug policy expert Leo Beletsky what hap­pens next and how the Trump admin­is­tra­tion could impact the rollout of this new law, which takes effect Dec. 15.

Early voting starts today. Here’s what you need to know

For the first time in his­tory, Mass­a­chu­setts voters can cast their bal­lots before Elec­tion Day. This means the stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff on campus who are reg­is­tered to vote in Mass­a­chu­setts can make their voices heard a full two weeks before polls open on Nov. 8. Here’s what you need to know.

3Qs: Fixing Massachusetts’ troubled foster care system

The death of a 2-​​year-​​old foster child in Auburn, Mass­a­chu­setts, in August drew wide­spread atten­tion to the state’s trou­bled child wel­fare system. Pro­fes­sors Elise Dal­limore and Christie Rizzo address the crit­i­cism lev­eled at the Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies and what changes should be made to improve the foster care system.

Researchers find Massachusetts schools are improving food options

North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor Jes­sica Hoffman and a team of researchers exam­ined middle and high schools across the com­mon­wealth fol­lowing the imple­men­ta­tion of a statewide nutri­tion bill. Their encour­aging find­ings show the fea­si­bility of making sig­nif­i­cant improve­ments in the com­pet­i­tive foods and bev­er­ages avail­able in schools.

3Qs: The end of noncompete clauses?

In April, Mass­a­chu­setts Gov. Deval Patrick filed leg­is­la­tion that would ban non­com­pete clauses in the state, saying that they restrict inno­va­tion. Here, law pro­fessor David Phillips offers insight into the role of non­com­pete clauses and how the poten­tial new law could impact businesses.

Election 2012: all-​​day analysis

A day after the nation went to the polls, we’re talking to North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers about Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s elec­toral win over Repub­lican Mitt Romney, despite an extremely close pop­ular vote count. Check in throughout the day to see what experts from across the uni­ver­sity are saying about what the results mean for the nation and the world.