Massachusetts Cannabis Panel Approves Marijuana Regulations
With less than four months to go before the first legal sales of adult-use marijuana are supposed to begin in Massachusetts, the agency tasked with overseeing the cannabis industry has finalized its regulations.
The Cannabis Control Commission voted unanimously to accept the rules that will govern the new legal industry. Commission Chair Steve Hoffman said he doesn’t anticipate any potential roadblocks between now and July 1 when the first licensed retail stores will be allowed to open.
“We need to make sure we have all of our staff in place. We need to make sure that our technology is in place. We need to continue to collaborate with the cities and towns around the state to make sure they’re comfortable and that our process works with their process,” Hoffman said shortly after the commission’s vote.
“I wouldn’t call any of those roadblocks,” he added. “It’s just things that we have to continue to work on between now and July 1.”
Backers of the 2016 referendum that legalized recreational marijuana are generally pleased with the regulations.
“I think the Commission has done a laudable job in making sure that the regulations are in place in a timely manner, and for the most part they seem to be very workable regulations,” said Will Luzier, political director of the Marijuana Policy Project of Massachusetts.
The commission will begin accepting applications for licenses to operate cannabis businesses on April 1.
Here are four key changes to the regulations since they were initially approved last December:
1. No Social Consumption Or Home Delivery For Now
The biggest change is that there will be no cannabis cafes, or weed delivery services until next year, at the earliest.