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The Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association and the MMA hosted a webinar on March 18 focused on new delivery regulations that the Cannabis Control Commission enacted this past November.
Panelists included Cannabis Control Commission Chair Steven Hoffman, Brockton City Solicitor Megan Bridges and Easthampton Planner Jeff Bagg.
Hoffman opened by reviewing the status of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. To date, 210 licensees have begun adult-use operations in the state and have generated more than $1 billion in retail sales, including more than $200 million in tax revenue for cities and towns.
Hoffman detailed the new delivery regulations, saying the goal for the delivery program is to encourage and carve out license types for social equity and economic empowerment candidates. The delivery licenses will be limited to social equity and economic empowerment candidates for the first three years. He said an FAQ and guidance for the new delivery regulations should be available soon.
Bridges and Bagg shared what their cities have done to prepare for the new licensee type and some of the issues they foresee.
Bagg said Easthampton recently executed its first delivery host community agreement, but it was done before final zoning was in place. He detailed some of the local regulations his city was thinking about in its final zoning ordinance. For example, if a delivery licensee has six or more vehicles, they should be electric or diesel.