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Massachusetts Regulators: ‘Nothing Has Changed’ After Shift in Fed Policy

January 4, 2018
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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts cannabis regulators say “nothing has changed” for them after a shift in official US policy toward legal cannabis.

The Cannabis Control Commission said Thursday it will continue to fulfill the will of voters by implementing the state law that allows for the sale and adult use of recreational cannabis.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions planned to announce Thursday he was rescinding an Obama-era policy that allowed legal cannabis to flourish in states that permit it, and will allow US attorneys to decide how aggressively to enforce federal cannabis laws in states.

The five-member cannabis commission is finalizing regulations that will allow Massachusetts’ first commercial cannabis shops to open this year.

A spokesman for Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said Baker believes Sessions made the “wrong decision” and he supports implementation of the state law.

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  • Jeff Hudson

    AG Sessions is definitely on the wrong side of this issue. Hopefully Sessions actions will bring about federal change removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.

  • Danny Carbona

    I’ll believe it when I see it. What is it, 2 years now and still no shops? Hardly the “will of the people”.

    • Legalize420

      I’m from MA and a MMP. There is 12 or 13 shops with more planned to open soon.

      I am confident with adult use many more will come. We look progressive but many legislators here are backward and slow everything down.

      It hasn’t been easy and we have had to fight it but we have legal. About 1/2 the states towns banned shops from even opening so there’s only so many places they can open.
      We have fought hard. I am an advocate and I sent emails and such.

      Sadly, Maine is in worse shape. It’s been a pain but I am greatfull for what we do have. And there’s delivery and delivery services. Price is still high here but hopefully that will change with our new law. They know we won’t back down and are now moving forward nicely or so it seems. 🍁✌