As cities and towns continue to wrestle with whether or not to allow the retail sale of recreational pot in their communities, the state’s Cannabis Control Commission moves closer toward finalizing industry regulations.

Mary Byrne

As cities and towns continue to wrestle with whether or not to allow retail pot shops in their communities, the state moves closer toward finalizing industry regulations.

Close to 100 business owners, advocates and residents — more than a dozen of whom offered public testimony — packed a lecture hall at North Shore Community College in Danvers on Feb. 14 for the Cannabis Control Commission’s final public hearing. It was the last of 10 scheduled hearings that gave the commission a chance to gather feedback on its draft regulations for adult use of recreational pot, which was legalized by voters in November 2016.

This included feedback on regulations regarding licensing; cultivation; retail sales and social consumption; delivery; compliance and enforcement, among many others.

As the commission reviews draft regulations and the concerns voiced by the public, it continues to work toward a July 1 opening date for retail shops. 

And while Danvers passed a ban in December on retail pot shops in town, several North Shore communities have yet to decide whether or not retail pot shops will be allowed in their cities and towns.

Commissioners Britte McBride and Jennifer Flanagan, two of the five commissioners, took notes as people testified during the nearly three-hour hearing on Wednesday.

Kurt Kalker, a registered nurse and certified cannabis nurse, urged commissioners to consider a “patient safety net.” He said he’d recently moved to the Bay State from California, where medical cannabis has been legal for 20 years.

“I can tell you firsthand that product shortages in California were happening without adult use in place at this time last year,” he said. “Even

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