Ticker: Suffolk Downs to host drive-in movies, again; Rhode Island OKs marijuana testing lab   

A former horse racing track and a grassy preserve are among the latest locations hosting special drive-in movie nights this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The former Suffolk Downs property in Boston, which was home to a drive-in theater from 1957 to 1970, will play films every Thursday on a 40-foot inflatable screen.

“Field of Dreams” is the movie slated for July 23. Organizers say they’re planning a diverse range of films, including Spanish language movies, for future dates.

The HYM Investment Group, which is redeveloping the property, says food trucks will also be on site for the weekly event, which will run through Sept. 10.

In Plymouth, meanwhile, the Trustees of Reservations is hosting a series of drive-in movie nights at Holmes Field. The four-week program includes a showing of “Mrs. Doubtfire” on July 24.

The nonprofit land conservation organization said it developed the series to give people a chance to go to the movies while most theaters are either closed or at reduced capacity.

R.I. OK’s marijuana testing lab

Rhode Island has licensed a laboratory to test marijuana produced by licensed growers and distributed at dispensaries for medical use in the state.

The Department of Health said Monday it issued a license to Green Peaks Analytical to sample and test marijuana to identify the potency of active ingredients.

“Like all other patients in Rhode Island, people who use medical marijuana deserve to have access to safe medication, and they deserve to have accurate information about that medication,” said Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of Rhode Island’s health department, in a statement.

Previously, growers in Rhode Island tested their own products or dispensaries tested the marijuana they sold themselves if they had the capacity, or contracted with unlicensed private labs.

The Departments of Business Regulation and Health will consult with Rhode Island’s three dispensaries, growers and patients over six weeks to set a deadline for including potency totals on all marijuana products sold in the state.


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