Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Seeking Input From Counties

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Seeking Input From Counties

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The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is coming to a county near you! Well, if you’re a resident of Massachusetts, that is.

In an effort to hear what the public thinks about the proposed recreational cannabis regulations, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is traveling from county to county to gather feedback, as reported by WWLP.

“We learned a lot and we accomplished exactly what we wanted here, which is hearing from people about their concerns,” said Steven Hoffman, Chairman of the MCCC, during a recent hearing in Greenfield. “We will take them into consideration and hopefully come up with regulations that work for everybody in the state.”

With more than 70 people in attendance at the Greenfield meeting, the MCCC listened as residents gave feedback on the current framework established in the 107-page draft regulations. The regulations outline rules for purchasing, selling and cultivating recreational cannabis.

State law stipulates that only adults 21 and older can use recreational cannabis, but residents are still worried how the industry will affect minors.

“Over the age of 25, people need to use it in the safety of their own home and not impact other people,” said Dr. Ruth, Potee, a specialist in family health and addiction. “I really feel the commission needs to work very hard to protect our adolescents and youth.”

With recreational cannabis dispensaries scheduled to open on July 1, the MCCC is slated to submit the modified regulations no later than March 15.

If you’d like to share your input with the MCCC, the next public hearing is on Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. in Boston’s McCormack Building.

Amanda Taylor was the editorial assistant for Marijuana Industry News from September 2016 through February 2018. She earned a BA in English and an MA in Writing from Coastal Carolina University.

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