Cannabis Control Commission sets hearings on draft marijuana regulations

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The Cannabis Control Commission has scheduled 10 public hearings next month across Massachusetts on its draft regulations to implement the recreational marijuana law approved by voters in 2016.
Download the draft “Adult Use of Marijuana” regulations issued by the Cannabis Control Commission (1.8M PDF)
The 107-page draft, released on Dec. 21, details the different types of marijuana establishments that could be licensed in Massachusetts and the rules governing review and approval of applications.
The proposed regulations will govern the operation of marijuana establishments and enforcement of the rules. Many sections would affect cities and towns, including 935 CMR 500.101, which specifies some of the rules governing community outreach, compliance with ordinances and bylaws, and host community agreements.
The commission has scheduled the following hearings:
• Feb. 5, Pittsfield: 8:30-11 a.m. at Berkshire Community College, K111 Lecture Hall, 1350 West St. (Snow date: Feb. 12, 8:30-11 a.m.)
• Feb. 5, Holyoke: 2-5 p.m. at Leslie Philips Theater, Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave.
• Feb. 6, Hyannis: 9 a.m.-noon. at Barnstable Town Hall, Public Hearing Room, 367 Main St.
• Feb. 6, Greenfield: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Franklin Regional Council of Governments, William Allen Community Room, 12 Olive St.
• Feb. 6, Dartmouth: 2-5 p.m. at UMass School of Law, Rooms 231-232, 333 Faunce Corner Road (Snow date: Feb. 13, 2-5 p.m.)
• Feb. 7, Worcester: 9 a.m.-noon at Public Library, Saxe Room, 3 Salem Square (Snow date: Feb. 14, 9 a.m.-noon)
• Feb. 7, Danvers: 2-5 p.m. at North Shore Community College, Math/Science Building, Room 119, 1 Ferncroft Road (Snow date: Feb. 14, 2-5 p.m.)
• Feb. 8, Boston: 1-4 p.m. at McCormack Building, One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor (Snow date: Feb. 13, 1-4 p.m.)
• Feb. 9, West Tisbury: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Public Library, 1042 State Road
• Feb. 13, Boston: 6-8:30 p.m. at the Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington St., 2nd Floor, Roxbury
The commission is working to finalize the regulations by March 15 so that license applications can be made available at the beginning of April.
For more information, contact MMA Legislative Analyst David Lakeman at (617) 426-7272.