NBC Boston | Is the Cannabis Industry at a Crossroads in Massachusetts?
Five years since its creation and now made up entirely of a second wave of commissioners, the Cannabis Control Commission and the legal marijuana sector that it oversees are at a critical crossroads and regulators are gearing up for a rulemaking round that one commissioner said could “make or break” the industry here.
The first five years of non-medical cannabis regulation in Massachusetts revealed a handful of problems — the industry is not nearly as diverse and equitable as intended, and cities and towns have taken advantage of the leverage they can hold over marijuana businesses. But a new law aims to rein in some of the hiccups in the maturing industry and the CCC is expected to soon dive into the nitty-gritty of its regulations, a process that is sure to come with many weighty decisions for regulators.
Commissioner Nurys Camargo said last week that she expects the CCC to reopen its regulations for additions, subtractions and revisions sometime “later this year, the beginning of next year.”
“We also know there’s a lot at stake. We know the new law is at stake. The timeframe, the crucial policy discussions that need to take place and that can really make or break the cannabis industry in Massachusetts, particularly an industry that has so many wrongs to right,” Camargo said during a CCC meeting last week.
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