The speaker of the House added his voice Monday to the chorus pushing state marijuana regulators to scale back their vision for the legal cannabis industry in Massachusetts.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he agrees with many of the concerns Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration have raised with the Cannabis Control Commission’s draft industry regulations, including the worry that regulators have bitten off more than they can chew by trying to simultaneously launch several different categories of marijuana businesses.
“I feel that we’re probably going a little bit quicker than I would like to see in terms of these other issues coming up whether they be selling door to door delivery, whether they be cafes or whatnot,” DeLeo said Monday after meeting with the governor and Senate President Harriette Chandler. “I want to make sure that we have the basics done relative to seed to sale before we proceed further and we can at least get that process done.”
The Cannabis Control Commission’s draft regulations envision a marijuana industry in Massachusetts that would include home delivery of cannabis, establishments where users could purchase single servings of marijuana and consume it on-site, licenses for delivery-only dispensaries, and the ability for businesses like cinemas and massage parlors to also offer limited marijuana products.
Asked Monday whether he would entertain legislation to either reduce the scope of the marijuana industry or establish a timeline for industry expansion, DeLeo said he would not right now.
“No, I want to give folks the opportunity to see how exactly it’s going to operate,” he said. The speaker said he would be open to that possibility “If need be, down the road.”
The CCC’s rough draft for the legal cannabis