Yes, CMOs that are licensed cultivators, product manufacturers, and retailers under both the Adult and Medical Use of Marijuana Programs may transfer adult-use inventory to medical so long as it complies with the regulations under 935 CMR 501.000.
5. How does this emergency order and stay at home advisory impact the Commission’s regulations?
The Commission’s adult and medical use of marijuana regulations do not change under the Administration’s emergency order and stay at home advisory. The Commission has issued a cease and desist order to Marijuana Establishments in order to comply with the temporary order.
6. Will my products still be tested under the emergency order?
Yes, the Commonwealth’s licensed Independent Testing Laboratories that operate under the Medical Use of Marijuana Program will continue to test medical marijuana and marijuana products under the emergency order. MTCs will continue to comply with all testing protocols required under 935 CMR 501.000.
7. Have cultivation and product manufacturing facilities been deemed essential businesses?
Yes, cultivation and product manufacturing are critical parts of a vertically integrated MTC. Medical cultivation and product manufacturing operations shall continue and remain in compliance with all laws, regulations, and restrictions put in place by the emergency orders and stay at home advisories, including social distancing measures. Adult-use operations must cease from March 24 – April 7 pursuant to the Administration’s emergency order.
8. How will my facility handle waste pick up?
MTCs shall maintain compliance with all regulatory obligations, including 935 CMR 501.105 and 935 CMR 501.120. The emergency order also deems water and wastewater, transportation and logistics, and public works employees in waste management as essential services.
9. Will the Commission continue to review licensing applications from prospective Marijuana Establishments despite the emergency order?
Yes, the agency has invested in significant technology capabilities that enable staff to work remotely, including teleconferencing, to sustain all Commission operations.
10. Are Post-Provisional License Inspections and other inspections continuing during the emergency order?
Yes, Investigators and Compliance Officers will continue to conduct inspections while taking every necessary precaution. Some inspections may be rescheduled. The Commission will continue to evaluate our protocols with respect to inspections and other business and will undertake every effort to ensure there is minimal disruption to productivity while ensuring the safe operation of the Commission.
11. Will Commission staff work with local police and other authorities to manage lines and operations?
Yes, the Commission will work alongside licensees, state and local authorities, and the general public to ensure that we’re all following the various orders, advisories, and guidelines. We have encouraged and expect that licensees will limit lines and queues and encourage patients to utilize mobile and order-ahead capabilities or offer deliveries whenever possible. Our investigators and compliance officers remain in the field and will continue to monitor compliance with those requirements, as we take the health and welfare of patients, the public, as well as our staff, seriously.