A Massachusetts commission voted to improve cannabis access in the state by expanding cannabis delivery licensing to include two delivery categories.
According to the Worcester Business Journal, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) unanimously approved a vote on August 28 to divide delivery licenses into two categories: 1.) a license that would allow for wholesale and warehouse delivery, and 2.) a license that would allow for courier services. This vote brings more diversification to the local cannabis industry.
The previous plan included simple courier delivery businesses so that drivers could deliver cannabis products to customers. Under the former rules, there was no allowance to store merchandise past delivery hours, and storing cannabis offsite from dispensary locations was not an option.
However, this new approach would allow businesses to operate as delivery-only instead of being attached to a specific brick-and-mortar business. This would increase opportunities for anyone looking to get into the delivery business but not necessarily interested in running a traditional storefront dispensary. It would also allow for warehouse storage of cannabis.
Delivery license applications began in Massachusetts in May, and they are currently only being offered to economic empowerment applicants and social equity participants at this time. This is an exclusive opportunity for those who qualify, and it will remain exclusive for three years. After three years has passed, then anyone will be able to apply for a license.
The CCC also decided at the meeting that members would not comment on the possibility of microbusinesses applying for delivery licenses. According to the Worcester Business Journal, microbusinesses can currently apply for a delivery endorsement, which allows them to deliver their own products. However, this does not allow them to deliver products that come from other retailers, manufactures or cultivators.
At this time, there are no licensed cannabis delivery businesses in Massachusetts, but that will soon change, as courier and wholesale delivery drivers and companies alike will join the industry. Further discussion of these new license categories will occur at the CCC’s September 10 and/or September 24 meetings.