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CCC primer on home manufacturing

WORCESTER—The Cannabis Control Commission (Commission) is encouraging adults to use responsible home manufacturing practices, youth prevention strategies, and consumer safety if they choose to recognize April 20 on Monday.
In accordance with Chapter 55 of the Acts of 2017 and as part of its state-mandated public awareness campaign, More About Marijuana, the Commission is highlighting cautionary steps that adults ages 21 and older should take if they grow marijuana plants or produce products in their household. Since 2018, More About Marijuana has continued to promote youth prevention strategies, including conversation starters that parents and guardians can use to discuss the risks of cannabis use with youth, as well as how to consume responsibly in Massachusetts. New and traditional campaign content can be found at the Commission’s website, MoreAboutMJ.Com.

“Practicing safe consumption and keeping cannabis out of the hands of kids and teens is especially important on days that may be considered celebratory,” said Commissioner Jennifer Flanagan. “I urge Massachusetts residents to know the dangers of home manufacturing and their responsibilities as consumers and parents whenever they partake in recreational activities.”

The Commission’s next public awareness phase will focus on the risks of home manufacturing and how to prevent them by underscoring these pointers and others:

Growing cannabis plants indoors often requires high-powered lamps, temperature controls, and expanded levels of ventilation which can overload electrical circuits and cause fires. To lower your risk of electrical fires, consult a licensed electrician to ensure you are following all relevant fire codes.

When making concentrates, extracting cannabis oil with flammable materials such as propane and butane is illegal. These materials release vapors that can easily trigger explosions. Consider alternative extraction methods.

When making edibles at home, like cannabis-infused beverages or baked goods, it can be challenging to distribute cannabis evenly throughout a product. This can make it hard to control the potency and dosage of the edible and difficult to predict how someone will be impacted by it.

If you have any marijuana products in your home, be sure to store them away in a locked storage container and out of reach of children and pets.

To develop the campaign content, the Commission and vendor MORE Advertising surveyed constituencies who have experience home-manufacturing marijuana products and consulted with fire safety professionals, public health analysts, and food policy researchers. In the coming weeks, the contextual ad campaign will target Massachusetts residents who search for key words and phrases that indicate they intend to grow plants or produce cannabis products at home.

Additionally, the Commission will make home manufacturing rack cards available for order, free of charge, through the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse website. The Commission’s growing offering of rack cards now includes a “Guide to Growing Marijuana & Making Marijuana Products in Massachusetts” in addition to the “Guide to Marijuana in Massachusetts” and “A Parents Guide to Marijuana in Massachusetts”.