Massachusetts cannabis board plans to write regulations for marijuana cafes, home delivery by summer

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The Cannabis Control Commission hopes to finalize regulations for social consumption and home delivery of marijuana by this summer.

Chairman Steve Hoffman said Thursday that the commission intends to produce draft regulations by April, which will be available for public comment, with final regulations submitted to the secretary of state in June.

Social consumption means the opening of places like marijuana cafes or bars, or movie theaters and yoga studios that also sell marijuana.

Although Hoffman could not say when social consumption sites or home delivery would actually begin in Massachusetts, that appears to be a more aggressive timeline than regulators previously envisioned.

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Commissioner Shaleen Title said at a meeting earlier this year that it could be years before cannabis cafes opened.

The commission is also considering launching a pilot program related to social consumption before licenses become available more broadly. Commission Executive Director Shawn Collins recently sent a letter to municipal officials seeking volunteers for a working group that would develop a framework for the pilot program and implement social consumption in their communities.

The commission previously decided to delay social consumption until it got retail stores up and running. The first retail stores opened in November and a steady stream of marijuana stores are continuing to open.

A committee tasked with looking at the issues related to social consumption made recommendations this week, and said Massachusetts should move forward with allowing both social consumption and home delivery.

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