WORCESTER—The Cannabis Control Commission (Commission) issued an amended cease and desist order Tuesday pursuant to the Baker Administration’s extended stay-at-home advisory and emergency order that will enable certain Marijuana Establishments (ME) and Colocated Marijuana Operations (CMO) to support the medical marijuana supply chain.
The amended order became effective at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7 and lasts until at least 12 p.m. on Monday, May 4 unless otherwise extended, amended, or rescinded. The update acknowledges the ongoing non-essential status of adult-use cannabis operations and essential status of medical-use operations under the Baker Administration’s order. Additionally, it cites the 158% increase in patient applications and more than 30 telehealth certification waivers the Medical Use of Marijuana Program has received since the Governor’s essential services order was first issued on March 23.
Anticipating increases in patient demand during the Commonwealth’s state of emergency and recognizing the percentage of adult-use inventory that traditionally supports both the adult- and medical-use markets, the new order will enable adult-use operators to complete wholesale transfers of existing adult-use marijuana and marijuana products to a CMO and/or Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MTC) when needed to support continued manufacturing functions within the medical marijuana supply chain. The transfer of marijuana and marijuana products between MEs and MTCs is a common business practice within the industry. When a documented emergency occurs, transfers are permitted under the Commission’s current regulations as long as licensees protect patient supply and record them in the state’s seed-to-sale tracking system.