The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts indicated he will take a mostly hands-off approach to the state’s impending adult-use marijuana industry, narrowing his office’s focus to overproduction that could lead to sales across state lines.
The approach mirrors one articulated recently by Oregon’s top federal prosecutor, Billy Williams, who expressed frustration with that state’s inability to rein in cannabis production and enforce regulations.
Oregon regulators have responded, in part, by suspending the processing of new rec MJ license applications.
Massachusetts voters passed a recreational MJ initiative in 2016, and the state targeted a July 1 launch.
But the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission only recently awarded the first cultivation and retail licenses, and it’s unclear when the adult-use program will get going.