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Virtual Community Outreach meetings allowed due to coronavirus.

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER ALLOWING VIRTUAL WEB-BASED COMMUNITY OUTREACH MEETINGS
M.G.L. c. 94G, M.G.L. c. 94I, and
935 CMR 500.00 and 501.000

The Cannabis Control Commission (Commission), acting through its Executive Director, issues this administrative order (Administrative Order No. 2) in response to Governor Charles D. Baker’s Declaration of a State of Emergency to Respond to COVID-19[1] issued on March 10, 2020 (Executive Order No. 591), and Order Extending the Closing of Certain Workplaces and the Prohibition on Gathers of More than 10 People[2] amended on March 31, 2020, a.k.a Covid-19 Order No. 21 (Essential Services and Revised Gatherings Order) and in accordance with M.G.L. c. 94G, M.G.L. 94I, and 935 CMR 500.000 and 501.000. Under the Governor’s orders, it is in the interest of the public health, safety and welfare to practice social distancing and limit gatherings.

The Commission, acting through its Executive Director, has determined that the requirement that an applicant hold an in person Community Outreach Meeting required by 935 CMR 500.101(1)(a)(9) or 935 CMR 501.101(1)(a)(9) and Guidance for Applicants on Community Outreach, would cause applicants undue hardship and risk public health, safety and welfare given the limitation of gatherings in accordance with the Governor’s Essential Services And Revised Gatherings Order.

Therefore, so long as Governor Baker’s March 10, 2020 Order that a State of Emergency remains in place, a Community Outreach Meeting conducted in accordance with this order shall be deemed compliant for the purposes of submitting an application for licensure.