Massachusetts marijuana growers planning to sue Cannabis Control Commission

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A group of Massachusetts marijuana growers are planning to sue the Cannabis Control Commission. 

As of now, host communities can set standards for the people who run marijuana growing facilities.

Back in August, the CCC denied the growers proposal to review the agreement worked out between host communities and marijuana growing facilities.  

In response, growers are planning to file a lawsuit to force the CCC to review the requirements for growers and host communities. 

An organization that represents the Massachusetts marijuana growers is calling on the CCC to enforce these requirements which include 3 percent of gross sales going to the town. 

Massachusetts Grower Advocacy Council President Peter Bernard told 22News about a problem potential applicants could face.

“They want a little bit more than that 3 percent or if they don’t I can say ‘hey look I’ll buy you a new fire truck as part of my pitch to the town’ and you know that makes it bribery.” 

With the proposed lawsuit, growers across Massachusetts hope even the playing field for all potential growers. 

The Massachusetts Growing Council said the lawsuit would take a while to draft, and that it would be filed sometime in November.  

22News contacted the CCC to ask about the lawsuit, but they declined to comment as it is ongoing litigation.

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