Though it took nearly four years, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission will likely adopt something closely resembling the latest draft regulations for recreational cannabis delivery in the Commonwealth.*
The regulations go a long way to give a leg up to smaller players. Most delivery licenses will be set aside for those applying pursuant to the Social Equity and Economic Empowerment programs. However, those applying as a microbusiness may also apply for a delivery endorsement.
The draft regulations also divide up “delivery only” and “wholesale delivery” licenses. This is important because it leaves open the low startup cost option of delivery only, while offering a better model for those looking to deliver from their own warehouse.
Unfortunately, available capital remains short for most Social Equity and Economic Empowerment program applicants. Instituting a state-run loan program, such as the one created by a bill pending in the legislature, would go a long way toward leveling the playing field.
*NON-HEMP CANNABIS REMAINS ILLEGAL UNDER FEDERAL LAW. CULTIVATION, SALE AND POSESSION OF MARIJUANA COULD RESULT IN CRIMINAL CONVICTION, INCARCERATION, FINES, AND PROPERTY SEIZURE. COMPLETE COMPLIANCE WITH STATE REGULATIONS WILL NOT OFFER A LEGAL DEFENSE IN FEDERAL COURT. UNDER THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND DECISIONS BY THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT, FEDERAL LAW IS SUPREME IN CASES WHERE STATE AND FEDERAL LAW CONFLICT.