Massachusetts Marijuana Regulators Set To Delay Delivery Of Cannabis
There will be no vote this week on whether to include a recently agreed framework - on the distribution of marijuana. The decision to postpone the vote came after a group of 19 MPs urged the Commission to reconsider its timetable to allow for additional public hearings. On Tuesday, the CCC announced that a meeting planned for Thursday before regulators were due to make a final vote on a range of new regulations had been pushed back by a month to November 30 and that the authority would allow people to contribute comments on the delivery schedule. In her announcement, she said she has scheduled a public hearing on the utility licensing structures for November 13 to increase the number of voters eligible to participate in the state's first public comment period on marijuana regulations.
The delay comes less than a week after the CCC passed its new delivery guidelines by a 3-1 vote. Chairman Steven Hoffman said discussions within the commission had made it too late to push ahead with a final vote.
I don't know what to do about it but we will be patient and not throw anything away, "he added. On Tuesday Hoffman said: 'We are moving forward after today's discussions and I think we will. Ve has listened to the concerns of many people.
Home delivery of marijuana has long been allowed under the state's medical-marijuana program, and CCChas have been considering a delivery framework for nearly three years. Announcing the consultation on November 13, the CCC said it would pursue a robust regulatory plan for 2020, including a spending policy. A CCCC spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on the delay in implementing the home delivery rules in Massachusetts.
Hoffman said last week that the CCC was confident it had the legal authority to issue a license for marijuana delivery services. The Supply Directive would create a system of "marijuana delivery services" that would allow producers and manufacturers to sell products on a large scale to their own customers, and marijuana couriers that would allow operators to charge a fee for delivery to CCCC - licensed retailers and dispensaries. In a letter earlier this month, the Massachusetts Cannabis Industry Association, a trade group for the state's marijuana industry, told the CCC that it believes the proposed regulations are not being considered or supported by licensing legislation, that the wholesale licenses proposed in the draft regulations have not been adequately reviewed, and that they may have unintended consequences in some communities. He was one of several lawmakers who signed the letter, including election law opponents, who support recreational marijuana laws.
Last week, the CCC published public feedback and summarised comments on the rules, but the document revealed a significant gap. Some commentators suggested improvements to what it has adopted, while others tended to argue that withdrawing from the agreement is too restrictive and too costly for local governments. Advocates say that only licenses for the recreational market would help level the playing field between retail and delivery services in the state medical marijuana market because barriers to entry are generally less onerous than retail licenses. It welcomed the decision to reject the proposal to postpone the introduction of the delivery service until 2023 and to adopt a delivery framework.
The CCC also intends to initiate implementation by certifying the economic participation of applicants. Consumers want choice, consumers want it, we have wanted it for a long time, capital and economic development companies are ready to be a significant part of the market, "Commissioner Shaleen said last week. He added: "The Commission has taken a number of steps in the right direction, including the protection of people who have suffered from lack of access to medical marijuana and other forms of medical cannabis, and today is another significant step in this direction.
I'm really looking forward to it becoming a reality sometime next year, "he said. Anyone wishing to comment at the public hearing on 13 November has until 17: 00 on 10 November to complete the CCC application form. The Agency has announced that the first 90 people who have spoken will be placed on a list and the remaining people who have spoken will be placed on a waiting list.