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Mass. Regulators Vote To Scrap Social Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program | Talking Joints Memo

Following an hour-long discussion on the matter, commissioners voted to abandon the pilot program. Instead, the CCC will devise a universal framework for all applicants in any municipality that decides to “opt into social consumption license types, either through a ballot question or ordinance” after those types are established by the CCC.

Check out this detailed rundown of the Cannabis Control Commission’s discussion about whether to eliminate the existing social consumption pilot program featuring quotes from each Commissioner by Chris Faraone at Talking Joints Memo.

Chris concludes with some of the next steps that EON recommended the CCC pursue in creating comprehensive, long-term, and equitable regulations:

As for steps for regulating social consumption moving forward, EON wrote in its letter ahead of today’s CCC meeting: “The CCC has many important decisions to address in creating an equitable, safe, healthy, and prosperous social consumption regulatory framework and has a significant opportunity to create a market in which those most harmed by the war on drugs can thrive.”

Furthermore, “The Commission and the public will have big discussions about the Legislature’s decision to authorize indoor smoking and the conflicting previous recommendations between the MCAB and the CCC, as well as new information that has emerged over the past 5 years,” and “will have to grapple with how many and what kinds of social consumption licenses to create, from one-day and short-term event licenses to cafes and bakeries within new and/or existing establishments, to outdoor patios, to indoor smoking lounges – and likely others arise from public input.

“For each type of license,” EON wrote, “it is critical that the CCC and its Social Consumption Working Group have the opportunity to develop regulatory recommendations that promote health, safety, and social justice without being limited to the previous pilot program framework.”