Massachusetts’ cannabis regulator voted to approve home deliveries of marijuana, opening the door for final-mile providers to cash in on the state’s newly legal recreational market.
The Cannabis Control Commission made the decision on September 24, and it includes strict guidelines for delivery protocols, CBS Boston reported. Deliveries will require two-person teams with body cameras, and vehicles with secure storage, alarms and GPS.
Deliveries also won’t be permitted from 9:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. College dorms also can’t be served at any time.
The regulator expects to take delivery license applications in the coming few months. Providers will, however, first need consent from the communities they will be operating in.
Gov. Charlie Baker said he was worried about the prospect of drivers carrying large amounts of pot and cash since transactions can’t be done with credit cards because of U.S. federal law, MassLive reported.
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Massachusetts is taking a sensible step by allowing home deliveries of marijuana. Final-mile deliveries of marijuana and related cannabis products have been going on as long as people have been buying the stuff.
While concerns about driver safety are reasonable, regulated home deliveries will ensure that more people utilize the newly legalized cannabis market rather than the illegal one.
Drivers doing sanctioned deliveries are also far more likely to report crimes to police than drivers involved in illegal deliveries.
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