The regulatory woes are hitting Massachusetts. Lawmakers in the Bay State have been trying to amend the voter approved recreational cannabis legalization law since it passed in November, and the lack of clarity is now taking a toll on the state’s existing medical marijuana community.
According to the Boston Globe, municipalities across Massachusetts are slow to approve medical marijuana permits thanks to the uncertainty surrounding the state’s recreational law. As the law currently stands, once recreational sales are approved, medical dispensaries will be able to sell to the age-approved general public without any additional permits or licenses.
Mass. lawmakers have already delayed the start of retail cannabis sales once, and for Jim Fitzgerald, a local lawmaker in Marshfield, Mass, and longtime proponent of medical marijuana, the lack of certainty about the coming recreational industry is enough to suspend his town’s participation in the medical side of the industry, too.
“There’s a big difference between medical marijuana facilities and recreational facilities,” Fitzgerald told the Globe. “Until the state gets its act together, any discussion of a dispensary…