DANVERS, Mass. – The state’s Cannabis Control Commission is moving towards the conclusion of industry regulations, as counties continue to debate on whether or not to allow marijuana stores in their communities.
Approximately 100 advocates, entrepreneurs, and residents went to North Shore Community College in Danvers on February 14.
The goal of this event was to conduct the last public hearing of the Cannabis Control Commission. This was the last public hearing out of ten scheduled discussions to talk about the regulations for the use of recreational marijuana.
However, this was not the only thing discussed at the public hearing. The proceedings included talks about the regulations on cultivation, sales and consumption, licensing, compliance, enforcement, and delivery.
While the Cannabis Control Commission collects and reviews the draft rules and public sentiments, it is continuing to work toward the opening date of retail stores on July 1.
Danvers forbids entrepreneurs to sell weed in their area. Nonetheless, many North Shore communities are still undecided if they should allow retail marijuana stores in their neighborhoods.
Two of the commissioners, Jennifer Flannagan and Britte McBride, took notes of people’s testimonials at Wednesday’s hearing.
A licensed cannabis nurse, Kurt Kalker, encouraged the officials to consider a safety net for patients.
He said he had recently moved to the Bay Area in California where medical marijuana has been legal for two decades.
Kalker also stated that in California, cannabis shortages was still occurring, despite the number of years medical marijuana had been legalized in the state.
He recommended offering a system for dispensaries to ensure availability and supply for patients over the course of time. An example of a method he proposed was the patient product request.
Kalker said that patients need continued therapy and cannot be disrupted even after the treatment or when supply runs out.
Medical marijuana patients, Frank Shaw of Ipswich and Jeremiah MacKinnon of Peabody, both agreed with Kalker’s suggestion.
Shaw said that patients could not afford a medical cannabis deficiency in July if establishments are not ready to handle the needs of the consumers and patients.
MacKinnon also expressed his concern for this matter. He is worried about how establishments will conduct business and offer marijuana to both recreational and medicinal users.
Chris Edwards of Alternative Therapies Group also showed his concern about this issue. He said that the draft protocols on physical separation were not in sync with the law.
Edwards insists that the Point-of-Sale systems used in the cannabis industry are good at segregating the product and providing virtual separation.
He also added that these methods would keep different dosage limits safe and isolated.
Edwards also noted the concerns of his customers when it comes to physical separation aspects. According to him, his patrons were worried about their privacy and casting them out based on their reasons for going to the pot shop.
Youth access to recreational cannabis was also discussed in addition to medical marijuana supply and physical separation.
Middleton Director of Public Health, Derek Fullerton, said that it was foolish to say that the younger generations would not buy marijuana.
So, he encouraged the Cannabis Control commissioners to prohibit teenagers from using recreational marijuana.