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Public hearings in August!

The public is invited to comment on the state’s proposed new marijuana regulations, and hearings will be held in August.

There are two public hearings scheduled on the proposed new rules that will govern the state’s medical and recreational marijuana programs.

The first will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Health Policy Commission in Boston. The second will be 10 a.m. Aug. 15 at Western New England University School of Law in Springfield.

Testimony can also be submitted in writing until Aug. 15. (For more information, visit the Cannabis Control Commission’s website.)

The commission will take the public testimony into account when drafting the final regulations.

The commission decided to update the regulations now that the legal recreational marijuana industry is up and running and now that the commission has taken control of the medical marijuana program from the Department of Public Health.

The biggest changes are that the new regulations lay out rules to create two new segments of the industry: home delivery and social consumption.