On Dec. 21, 2017, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission voted yes on drafted regulations for the state’s recreational marijuana businesses.
According to WBUR, all regulations approved will be brought to the public over the coming months, as the current regulations are not yet final. The public hearings will allow for possible revisions to the regulations, if needed.
The Cannabis Control Commission has had a heavy load regarding questions, ranging from the possibility of using marijuana in “cannabis cafés” and how to go about encouraging diversity in the up-and-coming industry.
The current regulations were created with “economically disadvantaged people” in mind. Trying to avoid situations like the one in Maryland, the drafted rules will craft marijuana industry opportunities for those who live in predominantly minority neighborhoods, the same neighborhoods that often fall victim to the “war on drugs.”
“While we have a few minor changes we’d like to see, including removing the requirement for delivery recipients to provide signatures and the requirement for license applicants to hold mandated public hearings, we commend the commission for putting together a strong, sensible package of regulations,” said Jim Borghesani, spokesman for the Yes on 4 legalization campaign.
Along with public consumption and diversity questions, the commission has looked at all possible issues regarding delivery methods and licenses for facilities.
The drafted regulations would require delivery drivers to obtain adequate proof that the recipient of the marijuana is at least 21-years-old.
Facilities would need a specific license that allows for them grow and buy marijuana, but prohibits them from selling it. If medical marijuana testing is conducted on humans, all subjects would have to be at least 21-years-old and the tests must be greenlit by an institutional review board.
While Massachusetts residents voted yes to legalizing recreational marijuana in November 2016, sales aren’t projected to start until July 1, 2018.