Notice of Public Hearings and Comment

Notice is given pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, § 2, that the Cannabis Control Commission (Commission) will hold public hearings and receive public comment on the promulgation of the following:

Revised regulations for 935 CMR 500.000Adult Use of Marijuana, and 935 CMR 501.000Medical Use of Marijuana.  The revisions address fees; new license types, including delivery and social consumption; application, enforcement and administrative processes; operational issues, including cash handling procedures, transaction and potency limits, and energy and environmental issues, among other policy areas.

These regulations are promulgated pursuant to the Commission’s authority under St. 2016, c. 334, The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, as amended by St. 2017, c. 55,An Act to Ensure Safe Access to Marijuana; M.G.L. c. 94G, Regulation of the Use and Distribution of Marijuana Not Medically Prescribed; and M.G.L. c. 94I, Medical Use of Marijuana.

The text of the proposed regulations may also be viewed by visiting the Commission’s website, emailing CannabisCommission@State.MA.US, or calling the Commission at (617) 701-8400.

Public hearings.  The Commission encourages interested parties to attend public hearings and provide comment, which will be held on the following dates:

August 14, 2019, 10:00 a.m. Health Policy Commission
50 Milk Street, 8th Floor
Boston, MA  02109
August 15, 2019, 10:00 a.m. Western New England University School of Law
Moot Court Room
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119

At these hearings, speakers are asked to provide a copy of their oral testimony.

Electronic submissions.
The Commission also encourages interested parties to submit testimony electronically to: CannabisCommission@State.MA.US. Electronic testimony can be submitted as an attached Word document or as text within the body of an email and with the subject of “Draft Regulations: Adult Use of Marijuana” or “Draft Regulations: Medical Use of Marijuana” as appropriate.  The Commission asks commenters to provide their full name, city/town and state, and if available, electronic mail address.  If possible, we also ask that commenters identify the section of the regulations that applies to their comments.

Written submissions.
If interested parties are unable to submit electronic testimony, they can mail written submissions to:

Cannabis Control Commission
101 Federal Street, 13thFloor
Boston, MA 02110
Attention: Public Comments

All public testimony and comment are strongly encouraged to be submitted as soon as possible, but not later than 5:00 p.m. on August 15, 2019.  Any public comments received after that date may not be considered.  In the interest of transparency, the Commission may post comments it receives on its website or produce these comments in response to a request made under the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c. 66, § 10.