Massachusetts one step closer to opening cannabis cafes

Massachusetts

The Cannabis Control Commission talked about consuming cannabis in a communal setting on Thursday.  

Massachusetts residents approved the legalization of recreational marijuana in 2016.

When that legislation passed, residents wanted to make sure people who shared housing or live in apartment buildings could still have a place to consume pot legally.

Officials who are studying adult-use cannabis recommended several social consumption methods at Wednesday’s CCC meeting. 

One of the recommendations included a pitch to open pot cafes where people 21 and over could gather and consume marijuana products in a sanctioned social setting.

Governor Charlie Baker and law enforcement officials have expressed concerns about pot cafes, saying they could pose a risk to public safety and public health.

The Commissioners are also looking into possibly allowing and regulating marijuana home delivery services in an attempt to cut down on impaired driving. 

The recommendations must still be approved by the CCC before any pot cafes or home delivery businesses can open.

If approved, Massachusetts would be among the first states to allow the social consumption of marijuana at pot cafes.

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