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Social Consumption And Delivery Services Advance In Michigan And Massachusetts

July 9, 2019

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has approved a rewrite of draft regulations that advance progress toward on-site consumption and home delivery. A social consumption pilot program will operate in up to 12 municipalities including Amherst, Springfield, Provincetown, and Somerville, pending their decision to participate. For the first two years, licenses for cannabis cafés will be reserved for microbusinesses, craft cannabis co-ops, and economic empowerment and social equity applicants. The regulations also create a license category for delivery services.

Meanwhile, Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency has released regulations for its pending recreational market that include some of the most generous consumption rules to date. The regulations allow for on-site consumption spaces, both as standalone establishments and as part of a retail store. Retailers can sell both recreational and medical products as long as they’re physically separated on-premise. Temporary marijuana event licenses open the door to music festivals and other large gatherings where cannabis consumption is officially allowed. Cannabis delivery services will also be permitted. Growers and retailers can begin applying for licenses November 1. Current estimates put sales on track to begin in the first quarter of next year.—Danny Sullivan

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