State officials present marijuana regulations in Greenfield
GREENFIELD — Officials from several Franklin County communities were given a walk through the state’s marijuana regulations by the Cannabis Control Commission Thursday.
The state regulations apply to marijuana establishments and provide municipalities with guidelines as marijuana retailers begin to arrive in the state as early as July 1.
Several municipalities in Franklin County, including Greenfield, Charlemont, Bernardston and Whately, are now determining ordinances and bylaws to regulate recreational marijuana. These bylaws must be in place before moratoriums in the cities and towns on pot sales expire.
State regulations include provisions on the types of permitted marijuana establishments, which include cultivators and retailers, according to Cannabis Control Commissioner Kay Doyle.
For cultivators, there are 11 tiers based on square footage with corresponding fees. The tiers range from under 5,000 square feet in tier one, to as large as 100,000 square feet in tier 11.
Groups can get into marijuana cultivation as well, with craft marijuana cultivator cooperatives being an option for residents.
In order to qualify, Doyle said at least one member must be a Massachusetts resident. Cultivator cooperatives will be able to distribute marijuana to retail locations but not directly to consumers. According to Doyle, this became an option because “farmers felt shut out” from medical cultivation opportunities.
Massachusetts residents can establish a marijuana micro-business as well, Doyle said, which must have a majority of stakeholders that are Massachusetts residents.
Regulations allow retail locations to sell to consumers 21 and older that have valid IDs. Research and testing facilities are also overseen in the regulations.
Those seeking licenses for one of the many different establishments have a number of regulations they must follow before they are allowed to sell or cultivate marijuana, according to Doyle.
Businesses will be “telling us how you’re going to form your business,”