4 THINGS MA NEEDS BEFORE WEED REGULATIONS ARE FINALIZED

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4 THINGS MA NEEDS BEFORE WEED REGULATIONS ARE FINALIZED.

Thinking of attending the final CCC hearings? 

This is our industry. 
Regulations will be finalized March 23, 2018. This week will be the last time for public input. 1.8 million people voted for legalization, make sure your voice is heard, whether it's #byoc#paint and #toke nights, 1-day and 3-day events, this is your #chance. Need help? Below we give you 4 points you should know about and guidance on how you can impact these final CCC meetings. This is your industry.  

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What are these meetings for?

The CCC is traveling around the state to hear from local residents about their concerns and suggestions to the existing  draft regulations.

Why are these meetings important?

This is the last week of public comments before regulations are finalized in March.

How will this meeting work?

A signup-sheet will be provided, anyone interested in providing a public testimony will be given the chance to address the Cannabis Control Commission with up to 3 minutes of speaking time. Speakers are requested to provide a copy of their oral testimony.

Can we ask the Cannabis Control Commission, CCC, questions?

No. This meeting will only be for public comments without Q and A.

Will the CCC-ask questions or provide us  feedback?

No. Audience members are the only ones who will provide testimonies.

Any last tips?

Be as specific as possible. The CCC is looking for community feedback, personal experiences, clinical studies, analytical data, and concise recommendations to make adjustments to the adult-use marijuana program.

Can’t make the final public hearings?

You can reach the CCC by emailing  CannabisCommission@State.MA.US. Please submit your electronic testimony as an attached Word document or as text within the body of an email and put “Draft Regulations” in the subject line. All submissions must include the sender’s full name and address.

Need help with your testimony?

Pick one of the 4 points below. Be confident, and watch some previous testimonies.  

4 Points You Should Know About.

Topic #1:

1-Day + 3-Day Event Licenses. We believe one-day and three-day social consumption event licenses should be legal.

CCC’s arguments against 1-Day and 3-Day Event Licenses? .

Impaired driving. The CCC is concerned about an increase in motor vehicle accidents.

Liability. The CCC wants clarification as to who is liable in the event of underage consumption or other emergencies.

Process. The CCC is unfamiliar with cannabis community events in terms of how they are run and how we can ensure safety of all participants, staff, and the general public.

WHY are 1-Day + 3-Day important?

Equity for low-income residents. Not everyone can afford to own a storefront location in Massachusetts. Renting a location is a more affordable option. If the CCC plans to fulfill its mission to benefit those who have been most damaged by the war on drugs,  marijuana event licenses provide an opportunity for small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs to participate in the new cannabis industry.

Safety. Events are already happening all over the state. Underage participation, products being served without appropriate dosing information, and intoxicated driving is more likely to happen without proper recognition and guidance from a legal system and a designated driver program. An uber-related service could help reduce impaired driving.

Tax Revenue. Millions of dollars in tax revenue will be lost to the illicit market, whereas a regulated system would create jobs and generate revenue for towns.

Illicit Activity. Allowing the illicit market to continue without providing a way for those conducting these events to transition into the legal market puts them at risk for police enforcement. We should be creating pathways for experienced local residents instead of targeting them.

Consistency. Temporary alcohol permits are legal in Massachusetts. The same model should be applied for those who wish to host infused dinners, campfire sessions, pot & paint nights, music festivals, etc.

Topic #2:

BYOC (Bring Your Own Cannabis). We believe the commission should adopt a BYOC policy. Consumers should be able to bring their own cannabis to events or designated venues.

What are the CCC’s arguments against BYOC?

Out of State Untaxed Product. The CCC wants to ensure out-of-state marijuana is not entering the marketplace.

Quality control. Concerns with untested products including: harmful pesticides, mold, improper dosing information, and fentanyl-laced marijuana products.

WHY is a BYOC policy important?

Safety. Unregulated BYOC events currently do not require ID checks for underage attendees.

Equity for Lower-Income Residents. It’s cheaper to buy in bulk. Buying per single gram can be cost prohibitive to non-wealthy residents. The luxury to enjoy social events should not be limited only to those who can afford to buy marijuana products on the spot.

Consistency. Certain restaurants and venues in Massachusetts allow BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer) to “create a middle ground that increases options for small business owners and their customers” - (Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu). The same model should be applied for restaurants interested in allowing vaporization as a trendy and lucrative addition to attract clientele.

Sharing Home Grown. Consumers have the right to gift their homegrown marijuana, they should also be allowed to consume responsibly together in safe designated areas.

Community. Local businesses and community events could benefit from BYOC by enticing a new demographic of consumers to enjoy cannabis alongside the product or services offered.

Topic #3:

Smoking in designated public consumption areas. We believe consumers should be allowed to smoke marijuana in designated areas.

What are the CCC’s arguments against smoking?

Employee impairment. The CCC is concerned employees working in marijuana smoking areas may catch a contact high by being in the vicinity.

Indoor Clean Air Act. The CCC noted any form of smoking is currently banned in most indoor workplaces due to the federal Indoor Clean Air Act.

WHY are designated public marijuana SMOKING areas important?

Outdoor events. Smoking is the most traditional form of consumption. The Indoor Clean Air Act prevents people from smoking marijuana in most workplace environments, an outdoor option for smoking should be created for festivals, weddings, and sporting events.

Public Safety. If we don’t create spaces for people, there will be more smoke on the streets, in cars, or public buildings. Designated areas would provide better safety and oversight.

Tobacco smoking areas already exist. Cigar bars, certain social clubs, and lodges allow people to smoke tobacco indoors. The same model should be applied for marijuana smoking.

Equity for low-income residents. Smoking is the least cost-prohibitive option for consumers. Vaporizers and edibles can be unaffordable and unsustainable for some consumers.

Topic #4:

Non-Brick-and-Mortar Delivery Licenses (Uber for weed). We believe an additional delivery license should be created that does not require a brick-and-mortar location. Due to high cost of property ownership in Massachusetts, a lower-cost opportunity should be created for residents to participate.

What are the CCC’s arguments against non-brick-and-mortar delivery systems?

Security. The CCC is concerned about the safety of drivers who carry substantial amounts of cash or product on the road with fear of susceptibility to robbery.

“Setting the bar too low.” Commissioner Flanagan expressed how there are already “affordable” licenses, how can we ensure licensees will be credible enough to maintain compliance.

WHY are Non-Brick-and-Mortar Delivery Licenses important?

Consistency. San Francisco recently implemented a license allowing a delivery-only model.

Economic Opportunity. Not everyone can afford to own a storefront location in Massachusetts. This option would provide a low-barrier to entry opportunity for low-income residents.

These services already exist. Instead of cracking down on the illicit market, we should create avenues for them to transition into the legal market.

Decrease dispensary congestion. Improving availability and access marijuana for consumers  will decrease long lines and crowded parking lots.