Very soon, residents of Massachusetts may begin enjoying marijuana home delivery. New rules allowing marijuana companies to delivery cannabis direct to their customers were approved last week by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. After they were adopted, the commission created new licenses for companies specializing in marijuana delivery.
According to the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), home delivery for medical marijuana patients had already been approved. However, the 2016 ballot measures do provide for legalization of recreational marijuana home delivery; allowing it would give marijuana companies a chance to enter a market that is controlled by black market operators.
Britte McBride, CCC Commissioner, wrote an opinion piece for CommonWealth Magazine that marijuana is here to stay. He added that licensed companies, which are regulated and tax-paying businesses, are in open competition with illegal home delivery. To curb the operation of illicitly delivered marijuana, the commission has come up with legislation (pending) to authorize monetary sanctions against unlicensed and unregulated businesses.
During the first two years, only those in the social equity program and locally owned businesses approved for home delivery will be given licenses.
To promote small and minority businesses, the commission issued two-year exclusive licenses, which will be effective immediately after the permit is issued, especially after seeing how black and Latino communities were affected by the war on drugs. After noting that to start a delivery company required little startup capital, the officials encouraged small entrepreneurs to participate.
Social equity program applicants must be residents of a community that qualifies for economic empowerment. Their income should also be below 40% of the federal poverty levels.
The new rules require marijuana delivery companies to enter into a contract with a licensed retailer if they are transporting other people’s products.
For home delivery, the customer has to confirm that they are 21 years or older at the dispensary and again when cannabis is delivered. Deliveries should only be done between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., and the delivery people will be monitored by GPS and body cameras to make sure orders are delivered to the right place, and for the security of the employee.
Although cash payments are permitted, businesses are urged to implement an electronic or online payment system. The new rules prohibit carrying marijuana worth more than $10,000 at a time, to help minimize theft.
Deliveries will not be permitted in colleges or any university housing, shelters, hotels, or government-subsidized housing. Customers should order only from their place of residence. Also, deliveries will not be made in those parts of Massachusetts that do not permit the sale of marijuana.
To start companies to offer delivery services, the state and local officials have to approve delivery licenses, said Steve Hoffman, CCC chairman. However, first, they need to put the application form on their site, which will take several months since the commission isn’t accepting applications as yet.
Experts believe that the entire cannabis industry, including companies like MustGrow Biologics Corp. (CSE: MGRO) and ChineseInvestors.com Inc. (OTCQB: CIIX) is glad that people in Massachusetts will soon enjoy marijuana home delivery.
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