On March 10, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker declared a State of Emergency (“Order”) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts due to the outbreak of the 2019 novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”). On March 23, 2020, the Administration announced a further order directing all non-essential businesses to close until April 7, 2020. The Executive Director, acting on behalf of the Commission, directed adult-use retailers to cease and desist operations in accordance with the Governor’s March 23, 2020 order. The Cannabis Control Commission (“Commission”) is providing this bulletin to all Marijuana Establishments (ME) and Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MTC) for information and assistance. This bulletin supplements and updates the Commission’s bulletins issued March 20, 2020, March 18, 2020, and March 13, 2020.
Adult-Use Marijuana Establishments
All adult-use MEs must cease their retail operations by 12:00PM on March 24, 2020. MEs shall secure and may continue to maintain their inventory with limited staff and in compliance with existing Commission, municipal, and public health and safety requirements as well as Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other public health directives on social distancing, cleaning, and steps to protect populations particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 infection.
Colocated Facilities, Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers, and Independent Testing Laboratories
Colocated facilities must cease their adult-use retail operations by 12:00PM, March 24, 2020, but may continue to serve registered qualifying patients. MTCs and Independent Testing Laboratories (ITL), may continue to operate as essential businesses under the Governor’s March 23, 2020 order. MTCs and ITLs must continue to comply with existing Commission, municipal, and public health and safety requirements, unless otherwise granted a waiver. Throughout all operations during this period, MTCs and ITLs must comply with public health recommendations to limit exposure and gatherings of more than 10 individuals. Wherever possible, MTCs and ITLs should enable remote work, as stated in the Administration’s various orders and recommendations.