“The changes made today [represent] progress for the disenfranchised, particularly people of color, medical cannabis patients, and people with disabilities,” Commissioner Shaleen Title said after the meeting. “Our decisions were in line with the positive data and subsiding stigma that have come after nearly four years of legal, regulated cannabis.”
One key change approved on a unanimous commission vote: Allowing recreational marijuana delivery companies to essentially act as retailers without storefronts, buying wholesale quantities of pot products from growers and processors, storing them in a warehouse, re-packaging them, offering them for sale online, and bringing orders to consumers’ doorsteps.
Previously, commission rules constrained delivery outfits to function as mere couriers (think Uber Eats), picking up full-price orders from brick-and-mortar dispensaries and delivering them to residences for a small fee, with any leftover goods returned to the store. That option will remain available, as some entrepreneurs prefer its lower upfront costs and have already begun the application process.
Advocates also cheered a commission vote to establish an exclusivity period of at least three years during which the agency will issue delivery licenses only to participants in its social equity and economic empowerment programs — meant to benefit those affected by the war on drugs — and so-called microbusinesses, small-scale growers and manufacturers owned by Massachusetts residents. With the addition