On December 21, 2017, the Cannabis Control Commission filed with the Secretary of State’s Office, the state’s first draft regulations for the purpose of implementing the adult use of marijuana in Massachusetts. The draft regulations, 935 CMR 500.000, reflect more than 80 policies discussed and voted upon last week (see decisions from December 11, December 12, December 13 and December 14, 2017).
The draft regulations allow for the application of 8 different license categories and provide their process and operational requirements. Additionally, they detail incentives, programs and resources to promote social equity and support for communities which have been disproportionately impacted by the enforcement of previous marijuana laws; the approval of products and the requirements for labeling, packaging, advertising and serving sizes; and the enforcement of regulations, security and municipal protections.
The five Commissioners unanimously adopted 935 CMR 500.000 after a robust public meeting process that included 8, statewide public listening sessions, hundreds of online comments and recommendations provided by the 25-member Cannabis Advisory Board through four subcommittees focused on Public Health, Public Safety & Community Mitigation, Cannabis Industry and Market Participation.
Next, the Cannabis Control Commission will conduct public hearings on the draft regulations in February. The Commission expects to promulgate the final regulations by March 15, 2018 allowing for the first license applications to be available at the beginning of April.