Commission releases draft regulations to comply with new cannabis law
The Cannabis Control Commission in Massachusetts has unanimously approved significant changes to both adult and medical use marijuana regulations, aiming to enhance equity within the industry and support small businesses and communities that were disproportionately affected by marijuana prohibition. The approved updates focus on various areas including Host Community Agreements (HCAs), Municipal Equity, Suitability, and a Social Consumption Pilot Program. These changes are designed to level the playing field, particularly for communities that have suffered due to previous marijuana laws, and to ensure compliance with the state mandates outlined in Chapter 180.
A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for September 8, 2023 but full details have yet to be released. The hearing will allow interested parties to voice their opinions and provide feedback on the proposed changes. The final regulations must be promulgated by the Secretary of State by November 9, 2023. With the removal of limitations on Social Consumption host communities, updates to HCAs, and an increase in transparency, these changes are intended to take steps towards a more equitable cannabis industry in Massachusetts.