MA: State Commission Posts Final Regulations For The Sale Of Recreational Marijuana

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After months of public meetings, the state Cannabis Control Commission filed its final regulations with the secretary of state governing the sale of recreational marijuana.

The Cannabis Control Commission’s regulations include warning labels and logos that must be on every product. All marketing and advertising would be required to include the statement “Please Consume Responsibly.”

Regulations would also bar anyone with a criminal conviction for trafficking drugs other than marijuana from working in the industry.

Following a review by the secretary of state’s office, the regulations are scheduled to be officially published and take effect on March 23.

Applications for adult use growing and retail licenses will be accepted starting April 1.

Retails stores will be able to open starting July 1.

There could be delays because local cities and towns have the final say on whether a business can open, and many have been waiting for these regulations to move forward on zoning and other rules.

The commission delayed creating regulations for marijuana bars and cafes, as well as marijuana delivery business.