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Massachusetts Inches Closer to New Type of Marijuana Deliveries

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Talks about Massachusetts allowing recreational marijuana deliveries to take place from non-retailers have been tense. Especially since medical marijuana deliveries are permitted.

One of the positives about allowing non-retailer delivery services is that it helps combat black market sales, Boston.com reported. It also allows marijuana consumers to be able to obtain legally purchased marijuana without having to wait in crowded stores or in long lines due to pandemic distancing protocols. It really is a time saver.

Courier licenses are available in the state. Those licenses are for third-party businesses to purchase marijuana from dispensaries. It’s similar to food delivery apps but for marijuana – and with many more restrictions.

The courier/delivery service licensee acts as a standalone company in this situation. The licensees do, however, have to store legally-purchased marijuana in their own warehouse.

It’s unknown when this new service will get started as there are several wrinkles to iron out first. Opposition from multiple sides is putting a damper on this new type of marijuana delivery service getting off the ground in Massachusetts.

President of the Commonwealth Dispensary Association David Torrisi said, “I don’t think the commission has done enough analysis to determine the impact on the supply chain and the marketplace.”

A group of 19 bipartisan lawmakers drafted a statement opposing the new service that reads, in part, “The draft regulations create a shadow direct to the consumer marketplace not governed by the licensing requirements and regulations of marijuana retailers. These draft regulations also significantly change the landscape for cities and towns after many had already engaged in intensive community-wide conversations about the number and types of marijuana establishments their communities wished to host.”

This is likely to be a hot button issue for several months ahead in Massachusetts.