Massachusetts Cannabis Commission launches group to deal with social cannabis consumption

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Massachusetts Cannabis Commission launches group to deal with social cannabis consumption

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

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We’re on the brink of social cannabis establishments being licensed to open their doors in Massachusetts. Of course, with such a new culture being introduced to the Bay State, social cannabis consumption must be overseen.

That’s where the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) comes in handy. Currently, the Commission is seeking assistance from volunteers who can aid in dealing with the duties of a working group in the state’s social weed sector.

The consumption of [cannabis] or [cannabis] products on the premises where sold,” will be licensed by the Commission, according to the CCC.

Pushing ahead with social cannabis consumption in Massachusetts

Regulations regarding social cannabis consumption in Massachusetts were still being figured out last year. This meant that the Commission held off on its meetings about adult-use weed consumption and delivery services. Meanwhile, he vowed to deal with the issue in 2019.

“Toward that goal, the Commission is in the process of creating the municipal working group on social consumption,” reads an excerpt of a letter sent to municipal officials from Executive Director Shawn Collins.

According to Collins, the group will be made up of a number of Cannabis Control Commission members, as well as members of various local municipals.

They may include city councilors, selectmen, town managers/administrators, town planners, health officials, mayors, and anyone else whose experience and authority may assist in creating a framework that promotes a positive program for the integration and regulation of social cannabis consumption establishments in Massachusetts.

“Ultimately, whether to license social consumption establishments has yet to be determined by the Commission,” stated Collins.

Massachusetts cannabis industry’s still growing

Even though the regulatory framework for cannabis was still being figured out last year, 2018 was, nonetheless, a pretty successful year for legal cannabis in the state of Massachusetts.

Two years of waiting patiently paid off for pot lovers in the Bay State, who ventured to a handful of recreational cannabis dispensaries and consumed more than $2.2 million worth of products within the first five days.

When 2018 came to an end, five stores spread across the state were legally selling weed to consumers who could prove they were aged 21 or above. This year, the cannabis industry in Massachusetts is predicted to mature, with Statista forecasting that the market could rake in $1.37 billion by 2025.

As scientific discoveries reveal the cannabis and hemp plant’s primary healing qualities, such as the non-psychoactive compound CBD (cannabidiol) – useful for relieving epileptic seizures in children – and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) – useful for stimulating appetite in cannabis patients, easing pain, inducing a good night’s sleep – a broader scope of cannabis products are being introduced to the market.

This, combined with sweeping legalization across the U.S. means that cannabis companies in Massachusetts and beyond could soon be reaping the rewards of market growth, price normalization and social acceptance of cannabis consumption.