Prevention Voices Needed: MA Cannabis Control Commission Hearings on Draft Commercial Marijuana Regulations

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has published 107-pages of draft regulations. An early reading of the regulations reveals they have been heavily influenced to enshrine into state law the special interests of the addiction-for-profit marijuana industry.

“The Commission encourages all interested parties to submit testimony electronically to the following address: CannabisCommission@State.MA.US

This is a broad invitation for public comment. Please respond with your input.”

In addition, the Cannabis Control Commission needs to hear drug-use prevention feedback on the draft regulations regarding commercial recreational marijuana at the following hearings:

Pittsfield, MA
Monday, February 5, 2018
8:30 am – 11 am
1350 West Street, Berkshire Community College – K111 Lecture Hall, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Holyoke, MA
Monday, February 5, 2018
2 pm – 5 pm
303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke Community College – Leslie Philips Theater, Holyoke, MA 01040

Hyannis, MA
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
9 am – 12 pm
367 Main Street, Barnstable Town Hall – Public Hearing Room , Hyannis, MA 02601

…more dates and locations below:

Greenfield, MA
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
10 am – 1 pm
12 Olive Street , Franklin Regional Council of Governments – William B. Allen Community Room, Greenfield, MA 01301

Dartmouth, MA
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
2 pm – 5 pm
333 Faunce Corner Rd, UMass School of Law Rooms 231-232, Dartmouth, MA 02747

Worcester, MA
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
9 am – 12 pm
3 Salem Square ​​​​​​, Worcester Public Library – Saxe Room, Worcester, MA 01608

Danvers, MA
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
2 pm – 5 pm
1 Ferncroft Road, North Shore Community College Math/Science Bldg Rm 119 , Danvers, MA 01923

Boston, MA
Thursday, February 8, 2018
1 pm – 4 pm
One Ashburton Place, McCormack Building – 21st Floor, Boston, MA 02108

West Tisbury, MA
Friday, February 9, 2018
10:30 am – 1:30 pm
1042 State Road, West Tisbury Public Library, West Tisbury, MA 02575

Roxbury, MA
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
6 pm – 8:30 pm
2300 Washington St, Bolling Municipal Building, 2nd Floor, Roxbury, MA 02119

Getting credible written testimony into the public record and posted at the CCC website will also be very valuable to prevention efforts. Here’s how to do it:

Written testimony must be submitted during the public comment period. Deadline: 5pm, February 15, 2018.
CCC Written testimony will be included in the public record and on the CCC Website.

The text of the proposed regulations may be viewed on the Cannabis Control Commission’s website at: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/cannabis-control-commission, emailing CannabisCommission@State.MA.US or by calling the Commission at 617-701-8400.

Speakers are requested to provide a copy of their oral testimony. The Commission encourages all interested parties to submit testimony electronically to the following address: CannabisCommission@State.MA.US.

Please submit electronic testimony as an attached Word document or as text within the body of an email and type “Draft Regulations” in the subject line. All submissions must include the sender’s full name and address.

Please note that the Commission will post all electronic testimony that complies with these instructions on its website.
Parties who are unable to submit electronic testimony should mail submissions to: Cannabis Control Commission, 101 Federal Street, 13th Floor, Boston, MA 02110. All testimony must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on February 15, 2017.

For information on how to submit testimony, read more here.
The draft regulations are here.

The drug-use prevention community has a deep interest in the CCC succeeding in creating the best regulatory model in the country; a model that strives to mitigate the public health and safety harms of addictive THC products sold for commercial, recreational use.

Prevention professional and advocates, and the body of people we represent, are relying on the CCC to protect our children, families and communities from profit-driven strategies that undermine prevention and control. We met with lead members of the CCC in December; they made it very clear they need and want to hear from our vast state network of public health and safety advocates. It was also made clear that the marijuana lobby is relentlessly pushing for regulations that drive consumption and use of THC products to maximize corporate profits that could very well create another industrial public-health epidemic here in the Commonwealth.

Prevention voices and presence at these hearings is essential. Please be certain to make time to testify on the draft regulations.