Massachusetts cannabis regulators could be getting an early Christmas present this year in the form of additional funding. Budget writers with the state House of Representatives released a bill on Nov. 29, 2017, that would give the state Cannabis Control Commission $2.7 million in additional funding, as reported by MassLive.
“It’s an early holiday present for the Cannabis Control Commission,” said commission spokeswoman Dot Joyce, as quoted by MassLive. “We’re very grateful to our partners in state government for funding a complete budget for this year. … It will go a long way as we move forward to stand up this new industry in Massachusetts.”
Overall, the Massachusetts cannabis regulators have requested a budget of $7.5 million to help the commission operate through June 30, 2017. If the grant of $2.7 million in additional funding is approved, the commission will be able to meet its requested goal as well as implement other technologies such as a such as a seed-to-sale tracking system.
A vote on the bill has been scheduled in the House Ways and Means Committee for Nov. 30. If approved, the measure will then go to both the House and the Senate for a vote, where it could be approved in an informal session, provided there is little objection from lawmakers.