Massachusetts regulators voted on Tuesday to allow marijuana home delivery services and onsite consumption cafes to operate in the state. The decision by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission was made with a vote of 4-1 by the commissioners at a meeting on Tuesday morning.
Before home delivery of cannabis can begin and marijuana consumption cafes can open, potential business owners will be required to complete agreements with the host communities where they plan to operate before being licensed by the state, a process that could take months, if not longer.
Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman said that he believes that the regulations drafted to govern cannabis delivery services and consumption cafes take the interests of various stakeholders into account.
“We feel like we have got a good balance between trying to meet the will of the voters but recognizing that there are concerns from a public health and a public safety standpoint,” said Hoffman.
But Commissioner Jennifer Flanagan, who cast the sole dissenting vote, expressed concerns about public lounges that allow the use of marijuana onsite.
“I think it’s too early for social cafe consumption licenses,” she told reporters.
“I think we need to stand up this industry, making