Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Cannot Yet Regulate Smoking Lounge

A new lounge where paid members can smoke marijuana is outside the purview of the Commission since the state agency has yet to promulgate formal regulations.

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February 12, 2018
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The new Worcester lounge where paid members can smoke marijuana is outside the purview of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission since the state agency has yet to promulgate formal regulations, the board’s chairman said yesterday.

Commission chairman Steven Hoffman told the Herald it’s premature to say whether the regulations—which are scheduled to be finalized in March—would address private clubs.

“We’re going to allow for certain marijuana establishments,” Hoffman said. “Until we have final regulations, I can’t tell you what kind of licensed establishments we will have.”

He added, “The only enforcement power we have is for businesses licensed by the commission. We have not even started accepting license applications, and so therefore there are no licensed businesses yet. This is an unlicensed business, and therefore it is a law enforcement issue, and it is not relevant to the commission.”

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