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Massachusetts Regulators Delay Marijuana Cafes and Home Delivery

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Recreational marijuana stores will be able to open later in 2018. Meanwhile, regulators have decided to wait on a couple of items: home delivery and marijuana cafes. The Cannabis Control Commission voted 4-1 to delay these two items.

The commission will reconsider allowing home delivery and social clubs in 2019, according to Mass Live. Home delivery of medical marijuana will still be allowed. Shaleen Title hopes that when recreational home delivery and social clubs are permitted, that the licenses will be awarded to minorities, farmers and small businesses.

The Cannabis Control Commission will compile data regarding the licensing of social consumption locations and proper home delivery regulations. Conversations are expected to begin in October 2018. Draft rules are expected to be issued in February 2019.

Kay Doyle was the only vote against delaying home delivery and social consumption lounges (marijuana cafes).

Jim Borghesani said, “The pressure campaign conducted by the governor, attorney general and others proved difficult to overcome. The larger issue is getting the application process up and running for the July sales start date. Additional delays would be an embarrassment for the state and a gift to black market dealers.”