Monthly Archives: February 2017

Legislative Committee Assignments Released for Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy

Senate President Stan Rosenberg named five Senators to the Legislature’s newly established Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy on Wednesday. The Joint Committee will be tasked with studying the raft of marijuana-related bills introduced this session – as discussed in our recent post here – and reporting out any favorable bills for votes.  It was expected that cannabis foe Sen. Jason Lewis would be named to the Committee and he was,… More

Massachusetts Legislators Introduce Bills to Curb Marijuana Industry

The Massachusetts legislature continues to chip away at Question 4, the ballot question that made marijuana legal for adult use throughout the Commonwealth. In December, a handful of lawmakers voted in an informal session to delay the start of retail sales. Now, new bills filed by Sen. Jason Lewis and Rep. Hannah Kane propose major changes to the law, including a reduction in the amount of marijuana adults can possess in their home.… More

Massachusetts Retail Marijuana Operations Delayed. Here’s a New Timeline:

In the final days of 2016, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill delaying the opening of retail marijuana operations in Massachusetts by six months, from January to July 2018. The way the House and the Senate approved the delay—without public notice, public hearing or discussion during a lightly attended informal joint session—has garnered criticism from legalization advocates. Members of the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws stated the delay “flies in the face of the will of voters,” who approved the legalization of recreational marijuana by ballot question in November.… More

Summary of The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act

On November 8, 2016, Massachusetts voters passed Initiative Petition 15-37, The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act.  The Act: legalizes the possession of one (1) ounce or fewer of marijuana for people age twenty-one (21) and older and the personal possession of ten (10) ounces and not more than twelve (12) plants cultivated in a person’s primary residence for personal use; establishes a Cannabis Control Commission with the authority to license,… More

Massachusetts’s Cannabis Industry Could Grow to $1.1 Billion—But Only If the Legislature Cooperates

According to a report released by ArcView Market Research and New Frontier Data, Massachusetts may be home to a $1.1 billion cannabis industry by 2020.

“Unlike other places where cannabis is legal, Boston is within driving distance of many of the most populous places in America,” points out Troy Dayton, CEO of the ArcView Group.

Since Massachusetts’ new law also does not limit product forms or cap retail dispensary licenses,… More

What the Commonwealth’s “Newest” Industry Can Learn from Gaming

At a recent meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Chairman Stephen Crosby instructed staff to reach out to Treasurer Deb Goldberg, who is tasked with creating the entire regulatory infrastructure for the Commonwealth’s nascent recreational marijuana industry.  Chairman Crosby figured the Gaming Commission could provide insight as the regulator of the Commonwealth’s last “newest” industry.  Forgive me, but I hope the Treasurer does not take the call.  Gaming is not the example the Treasurer should follow.… More