On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board’s public safety sub-committee convened to vote on whether or not to allow cannabis cafes and home marijuana delivery. The sub-committee voted in favor of allowing cannabis cafes 5-2.
While this seven person sub-committee isn’t directly affiliated with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, they do examine research and make recommendations to the commission regarding the regulatory framework and taxation structure. Their recommendation to allow cannabis cafes will be sent to the CCC who will determine the finer details of the policy.
Cannabis Control Commission press secretary, Maryalice Grill, released a statement saying, "The commission would need to reopen and amend its current regulations to allow for social consumption and delivery licenses in the commonwealth."
The commission is comprised of law enforcement officers, cannabis advocates, and municipal lobbyists. While law enforcement has expressed concerns about the potential for more intoxicated drivers leaving cannabis cafes, there are others like attorney Kim Napoli who argues that, "cannabis has been consumed socially for literally hundreds of thousands of years."
This isn’t the first time that Massachusetts officials have considered legalizing social cannabis cafes. In 2017, the proposal was tabled after Governor Charlie Baker made it known that he had reservations about approving these amendments.
In addition to cannabis cafes, the sub-committee also voted unanimously in favor of marijuana delivery. This could have a significant impact for Massachusetts cannabis retailers looking to expand their territory. There was some dispute among committee members as to how marijuana delivery should be regulated but nevertheless it looks like home delivery is virtually a certainty.
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