Massachusetts Marijuana Panel Urged to Keep Draft Regulations Simple

Massachusetts Marijuana Panel Urged to Keep Draft Regulations Simple

Draft regulations to govern the sale of marijuana fail to resolve some “thorny” issues about cannabis cafes and sales at cinemas, the Baker administration advised the Cannabis Control Commission.

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February 9, 2018

BOSTON — Draft regulations to govern the sale of marijuana fail to resolve some “thorny” issues about cannabis cafes and marijuana sales at cinemas, the Baker administration advised the Cannabis Control Commission.

The commission should think about delaying its regulation and licensing of marijuana cafes to focus on its statutory obligation to set up a retail marijuana market, the Baker administration suggested.

“As this new industry is established: simpler is better,” Bob Ross, general counsel for the Office of Administration and Finance wrote to regulators in a letter dated Feb. 5.

Commending the commission on producing a draft regulatory regime in the “short period” since the CCC was established last September, Ross reminded the commission that it must begin issuing licenses June 1.

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