WHAT DOES THE TERM "ADULT-USE" OF CANNABIS MEAN IN MASSACHUSETTS?
Adult-Use means the use of cannabis in Massachusetts by a person 21 years or older that has not been prescribed by a physician, that is to say, use for personal, social, therapeutic or recreational reasons. In 2017, Adult-Use was legalized in Massachusetts.
HOW IS THE ADULT-USE INDUSTRY REGULATED IN MASSACHUSETTS?
The Massachusetts Adult-Use industry is regulated by a state agency called the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC). In 2018, the CCC published industry regulations and began issuing Adult-Use business licenses.
WHAT TYPES OF BUSINESSES ARE CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR ADULT-USE LICENSES IN MASSACHUSETTS?
Cannabis cultivators, manufacturers, retailers, craft cooperatives, manufacturers, microbusinesses, independent testing laboratories, retailers, transporters, delivery-only businesses, research facilities, and and social consumption sites are eligible to apply for Adult-Use licenses in Massachusetts.
DO THE REGULATIONS INCLUDE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSED ADULT-USE BUSINESSES?
Yes. All licensed Adult-Use businesses are required to provide at least eight hours of job-specific training to certain executives, employees, consultants and contractors per year, as well as to participate in a Responsible Vendor program.
WHAT IS A RESPONSIBLE VENDOR PROGRAM?
A Responsible Vendor Program is a training program delivered by an accredited Responsible Vendor program provider to certain Adult-Use business owners, managers and employees. Adult-Use businesses that fulfill this requirement receive Responsible Vendor status from the CCC.
HOW DOES AN ADULT-USE BUSINESS MAINTAIN ITS RESPONSIBLE VENDOR STATUS?
Beginning on July 1, 2019, all licensed Adult-Use business owners, managers, and employees involved in the handling and sale of cannabis are required to have successfully completed Responsible Vendor training. After that, new employees with those roles must successfully complete Responsible Vendor training within 90 days of hire and owners, managers, and employees with those roles must continue to successfully complete Responsible Vendor training annually.
WHAT IF AN ADULT-USE BUSINESS FAILS TO MAINTAIN ITS RESPONSIBLE VENDOR STATUS?
If an Adult-Use businesses fails to maintain its Responsible Vendor status, the CCC can suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew its license.
WHO PROVIDES RESPONSIBLE VENDOR PROGRAMS?
Responsible Vendor program providers must be accredited by the CCC, they must submit their programs to the CCC for approval every two years, the programs must taught in a real-time setting, and attendees must successfully pass a written test. No owner or employee of a Responsible Vendor program can have an interest in a licensed Adult-Use business.
HAS THE CCC ACCREDITED ANY RESPONSIBLE VENDOR PROGRAM PROVIDERS?
Yes! On October 10, 2019, the CCC unanimously voted to accredit our company to provide Responsible Vendor training to Massachusetts Adult-Use Cannabis businesses.
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CCC AND THE ADULT-USE REGULATIONS?
The CCC website, which contains a link to the Adult-Use regulations as well as other helpful information, can be found here.