Massachusetts will delay rollout of marijuana delivery, onsite consumption

Cannabis regulators in Massachusetts have agreed to allow recreational marijuana shops to open in July, as scheduled, but they also decided to defer licensing MJ delivery and onsite consumption businesses.

According to The Boston Globe, diversity proponents see the delay as a setback because delivery and onsite consumption businesses generally cost less to run and don’t require investor backing, which means such opportunities are more accessible to minorities who often don’t have the same capital or access to investors as do white entrepreneurs.

Hoping to offset that potential problem, the state’s five-member Cannabis Control Commission voted to have regulations for delivery and onsite businesses ready within a year, the newspaper reported.

The regulators also voted to give priority in awarding delivery and onsite consumption business licenses to people:

  • Convicted of drug offenses.
  • Related to individuals with drug convictions.
  • Who live in neighborhoods with high rates of drug arrests.

According to the Globe, once licenses are issued, the commission’s proposal would permit deliveries by two other types of companies – “craft” cooperatives of cannabis cultivators and “microbusinesses” that specialize in small quantities of marijuana and edibles.

But larger growers, retailers and infused product manufacturers would not be allowed to offer delivery services for potentially up to five years, the Globe said.

Those companies could, however, collaborate with a delivery service or onsite consumption business whose license holder meets the diversity criteria.

3 comments on “Massachusetts will delay rollout of marijuana delivery, onsite consumption
  1. Brett Von Bergen on

    The regulators also voted to give priority in awarding delivery and onsite consumption business licenses to people:

    Convicted of drug offenses.
    Related to individuals with drug convictions.
    Who live in neighborhoods with high rates of drug arrests.

    I assume this is a huge typo…..surely they voted to DENY awarding delivery and onsite consumption business licenses to people with any of the stated.

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  2. Brett Von Bergen on

    I also find that the merit for denial based on those criteria sounds unconstitutional and I would hope someone challenges this in court. Especially the relative rule, totally bogus.

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  3. Brett Von Bergen on

    I stand corrected, the Massachusetts Equity Program delineates this as such, which to these eyes is completely stranger than fiction-but I’m actually all for it….Way to go Massachusetts!

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