Case No. 2020AM-0001
Issued: March 23, 2020
Effective: March 24, 2020 at 12:00 noon
Licensed Marijuana Establishments
Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers conducting adult-use retail at non-colocated premises
SUMMARY CEASE AND DESIST ORDER
M.G.L. c. 94I, M.G.L., c. 94G,
935 CMR 500.350: Cease and Desist Order and Summary Suspension Order.
The Cannabis Control Commission (Commission), acting through its Executive Director, issues this cease and desist order (Cease and Desist Order) in compliance with Governor Charles D. Baker’s Order Assuring Continued Operations of Essential Services in the Commonwealth, Closing Certain Workplaces, and Prohibiting Gatherings of More than 10 People issued on March 23, 2020, a.k.a. Covid-19 Order No. 13 (Essential Services Order) and in accordance with M.G.L. 94I, M.G.L. c. 94G, and 935 CMR 500.350: Cease and Desist Order and Summary Suspension Order. Under the Essential Services Order, all licensed Marijuana Establishments (MEs) and Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MTCs) conducting adult-use retail at non- colocated premises (each, the “Respondent” and collectively, the “Respondents”) have not been deemed essential and therefore, shall close their physical workplaces and facilities (Brick-and- Mortar Premises) to workers, customers, and the public as of 12:00 noon on March 24, 2020, and shall not re-open to workers, customers, or the public before 12:00 noon on April 7, 2020.
A. Factual Findings
In making its determination, the Commission, acting through its Executive Director, finds as follows:
- To the extent that the Essential Services Order deemed medical-use MTCs and Colocated Marijuana Operations (CMOs), which conduct dispensing, cultivation, product manufacturing, and transportation, as essential, they are not subject to this Cease and Desist Order.
- As part of the Essential Services Order, adult-use MEs and MTCs conducting adult- use retail at non-colocated premises are considered to be non-essential and therefore, are subject to this Cease and Desist Order.
- Independent testing labs (ITLs) providing required testing to medical-use operations are not subject to this Cease and Desist Order.