Pot Rules Take Shape In Important Week For Retail Marijuana Sales
BOSTON, MA — It’s been a bumpy road to toking up ever since Bay State voters approved a legal recreational marijuana industry last year. The new law was supposed to go into effect Dec. 15, 2016. But there have been more questions than answers.
The Cannabis Control Commission that was formed after Question 4 passed made significant progress this week, reaching a tentative agreement on the rules and regulations that will shape what recreational marijuana might look like around Massachusetts.
The CCC is tasked with writing the rules for what many lawmakers and residents hope is a massive new revenue stream that will help tackle municipal issues.
The issues aren’t small ones. State law allows to levy a 3 percent tax on pot sales and earn a 3 percent cut of pot company’s revenue. Even with that incentive, more than 100 municipalities have completely or heavily restricted marijuana sales in city and town limits.
The Associated Press on Saturday reported on what the CCC came up with over the last week. These are expected to be approved in the coming days. See the AP’s reporting on the issues below:
A pot shop typically works much like a liquor store: You go in, buy the product and take it home to consume.
Regulators in Massachusetts and other legal recreational marijuana states have wrestled with the issue of when, where and how to let people use pot in social settings and other establishments.
The commission ultimately settled on two types of on-site consumption licenses.
A primary use license would be for businesses that derive more than 50 percent of their income from marijuana sales. An example of such a business model would be a cannabis bar or cafe where patrons could gather and use marijuana with