Grow, Gift, Repair

Nice recap of the last CCC meeting

Reporter: How will we be able to measure success, say by mid-July, end of July. What are you going to be looking at?

Hoffman: Well, we’re working right now — it’s a good question and I’m going to remind my executive director — we’re working on the set of metrics that we’re going to hold ourselves accountable to, [that] we’re going to publish, and we’re going to let people make their own judgments in terms of our success.

Our view is that we want to hit our deadlines, which we have done thus far. We want to run a fair and effective and thorough licensing process. We want to make sure that anybody that’s set up for business is somebody that we are comfortable will be successful and run a professional business.

And we’ll talk about the metrics going forward in terms of things like how much tax revenue we’re generating. The accessibility. Obviously, metrics of public health and public safety. So, we’re working on that right now. Again, we’ll share that. Our intent was to actually have that done by the end of May. So I think we’re hopefully on that timeline. So we’ll go through that. But it’s the things that you would expect. But right now our focus is running, as I said, a thorough and effective licensing — and fair — licensing process.

Reporter: Any progress on banking?

Hoffman: I continue to work that issue. I met with some of the Association of Credit Unions a couple of weeks ago. We have a meeting coming up with the Mass Bankers Association. People have reached out to me that have non-banking solutions that we’re not going to recommend or not, but I want to understand what they’re going to offer to the marketplace, so I feel like we’re making progress, but I don’t have a solution.

Reporter: Where do things stand in terms of regulations for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket?

Hoffman: I’m not totally familiar, so I’m going to defer to [Cannabis Control Commission Executive Director Shawn Collins].

Shawn Collins: We’re folding into the final regulations, as far as allowing applicants to have product on the island, with a disclaimer that it had not been tested. So they’re folded into our final reg[ulations]s.

Reporter: There’s been some concern about the ability of the economic empowerment applicants to make it through the municipal part of this process. Is the commission thinking about doing anything to make that easier for them, including perhaps giving guidance to municipalities?

Hoffman: Well, I think both. Giving guidance to the commissioners — we’ve been meeting with both cities and towns and with regional planning associations on a regular basis, and we’ll continue to do that around the state. We’re also structuring a social equity program, part of which is training and part of which is helping people get through the licensing process. So we are going to offer whatever assistance we can.

Ultimately, as I’ve said many times, it is at the discretion of cities and towns. So we can’t mandate that. But we certainly can talk to make sure that they understand how our regulations are structured and the incentives in those regulations, and then offer some assistance to people going through that process with the cities and towns.