“While there may be a time to consider the introduction of social consumption marijuana establishments, mixed-use social consumption establishments, and delivery-only retail sales, we believe it should not be in the initial months of implementation,” Healey said in her letter to the Cannabis Control Commission, the independent state agency weighing the rules.
Earlier on Thursday, marijuana advocates launched a counter-attack, saying the governor and others who opposed legalization are using “scare tactics” in an effort to exert pressure on the commission.
“This is an overt pressure campaign on the Cannabis Control Commission and I think it’s a political move as well, it’s a campaign year, and I think the governor and his people are looking at this as a way to dominate the news cycle,” said Jim Borghesani, who served as the spokesman for the 2016 state ballot question on marijuana.
“I’ve been around long enough to spot an orchestrated political campaign when I see it, and this is one of them,” he added.
Advocates say delaying the proposed expansive rules would warp the new industry in Massachusetts, shutting out small businesses and people who don’t have enough money to fund a retail marijuana operation.
Healey’s letter to the commission raised concerns about home delivery of marijuana – meaning the sale of marijuana that isn’t specifically tied to a brick-and-mortar store.