Your Chance To Testify In Response To Draft Cannabis Regulations

“Testify in-person or virtually starting at 10 am on Sept. 8”

Aside from some rather contentious meeting moments that got the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission some negative press over the past few months, board members and their supporting staffers have been productive in several areas. Their biggest accomplishment of late being filing draft regulations with the Secretary of the Commonwealth proposing changes for the legal industry, including the agency’s oversight of host community agreements (HCAs), municipal equity requirements, and suitability reform, in accordance with Chapter 180 of the Acts of 2022, An Act Relative to Equity in the Cannabis Industry.

With a November deadline approaching by which they must put certain changes into effect per state law, the commission’s next step is to gather a final round of public input. It’s a small window that shuts after their hearing this Friday, but it’s still not too late to submit written testimony or to sign up to speak in person or virtually. More from the CCC below … 

Sign up for the Cannabis Control Commission (Commission)’s upcoming public hearing to give testimony in response to the agency’s draft regulations to implement Chapter 180 of the Acts of 2022. Draft versions of the adult-use (935 CMR 500.000) and medical-use regulations (935 CMR 501.000) have been filed with the Secretary of the Commonwealth and are available at for review.

The public hearing will occur in a hybrid format on Friday, September 8, starting at 10 a.m. In-person participation will be available at the Commission’s headquarters at Union Station, 2 Washington Square in Worcester, and virtual attendees may view the hearing using Microsoft Teams Live. A link for virtual speakers will be provided to those who sign-up at a later date. Please specify your intended format using this sign-up form.

All attendees will have three minutes to deliver their comments. To accommodate as many speakers as possible, individuals who represent the same entity or organization may be asked to deliver their remarks together as a panel.

Those who cannot participate in the hearing may submit written testimony to the Commission by emailing until 5 p.m. on September 8.

Following the public hearing, the Commission will review all feedback, consider it for future policy discussions, and file final versions of the regulations for promulgation by the Secretary of the Commonwealth no later than November 9, 2023, in accordance with state law.

The Commission looks forward to receiving your comments and feedback.

There is no sign up needed for general attendance. The public meeting space at 2 Washington Sq, Worcester, MA will be open on a first come basis. For virtual attendance, the Teams live can be used by those not providing oral testimony to view the hearing, starting at 10am.

More info and links here.