A new committee bill in Massachusetts introduced on Feb. 4 would finally grant power to a commission with the ability to control the emerging cannabis market.
According to Mass Live, the Cannabis Control Commission would “review, regulate, and enforce” the agreement between cannabis businesses and the communities they are located, if the bill is passed.
The hope for this bill (referred to as H-4367) is to create a plan to regulate the state’s budding industry. Although cannabis legislation was revised in both 2016 and 2017 and there have been other attempts at coming up with a more clear plan, but there is still no plan in place to regulate things fully. The bill is expected to be a topic of discussion in more detail this week. “To be able to take substantive action on these payments we are going to have to, in my opinion, go back to the Legislature,” said Commissioner Kay Doyle last year about this current, persisting lack of regulation, as reported by Mass Live. “We are in a place where our regulatory authority is not very clear. If we are challenged doing this, we would face increased scrutiny by the court and an uphill battle. Rather than engaging in litigation that ties up commonwealth resources, I think it makes more sense to go back to the Legislature and talk about what needs to be done to address the problem.”
Recreational cannabis legal in Massachusetts and the state is making progress when it comes to the topic. As of Jan. 31, the state has 34 currently operational dispensaries, and the state’s industry brought in $420 million during its first year of sales and continues to rake in as much as $1 million per day. State regulators recently gathered together to discuss the challenges of legal cannabis regulations on a state and federal level, which will pave the way toward a better future.