Marijuana regulators in Massachusetts voted 3-1 Monday in a virtual session to revise industry rules that now allow the pot to be delivered to households. The rules prohibited marijuana companies and technology providers from establishing monopolies in the industry, in some cases, companies may enter into contracts with third parties, but the provisions will impose certain conditions on those contracts.
Commissioner Jennifer Flanagan voted against the approval and Commissioners Steven O'Neill, Michael D'Souza, John Giorgio, and Michael Filippi voted in favor of approving the rules.
After the vote, the Cannabis Business Association of Massachusetts released a statement praising the result. “The Commission deserves credit for conducting a thorough and thoughtful process to develop a definitive adult-use industry in Massachusetts with changes to cannabis regulation that will contribute to fairness and success for adults. Suppliers will provide existing pharmacies and growers with a new point of sale to sell their products to new outlets, responding to consumer demand, which despite voter-supported legalization at the ballot box is not served by an unregulated, untaxed, illegal market”, said the executive director of the Cannabis Business Association David O'Brien in a written statement.
However, not all retailers are happy with the rules and the Commonwealth Dispensary Association, which represents nearly 40 businesses, released a statement announcing it would be taking action against the rules.