On December 15, 2017, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission issued draft regulations for the licensing and operation of non-medical marijuana establishments.
· Eight types of marijuana operations will be licensed: Cultivator (4 tiers), Craft Co-Op, Product Manufacturer; Retailer (storefront; delivery-only; social consumption); Research Facility, Independent Testing Laboratory, Transporter, Microbusiness, and Registered Marijuana Dispensary (medical).
· The application and license fees are extremely reasonable, and there are no minimum capital requirements.
· Many licensing opportunities exist for small operators.
· Host Agreements are to be worked out with the city or town before applications are filed on or after April 1, 2018
.· Applicants for retail licenses will be required to show the source of product they intend to sell.
The CCC will have hearings in early February for public feedback. If you have suggestions for tweaks to these regs, please plan to participate in that process; let the CCC hear your suggestions how to make the regulations better.
Voters who supported the Question 4 ballot question a year ago, and aspiring licensees, have reason to be satisfied—so far--with the details of legalization as they come into focus. Although the legislature made major changes to the voter-enacted law, it respected the will of the voters in at least three important ways: The new law (1) protects consumers from punishment for pot, it (2) it sets up a reasonably-structured system of regulation and taxation, creating a safe market for producers, distributors and consumers, and (3) it provides opportunities for participation in this new industry for fellow citizens who have been disproportionately victimized by the enforcement of the marijuana prohibition laws. Although no historian will dispute the fact that marijuana had its origin in racism, a stunningly remarkable feature of the new law is that it expressly acknowledges that shameful realty. To the extent that a statute is the collective determinant of the people, the people—directly in 2016 and through their elected representatives in 2017, renounced that injustice, and took account for it, in a sense, in novel ways in the new law.
More about that next time. Meanwhile go to the CCC’s website and read the regulations. Ponder.
Read again. Help tweak them.