The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission plans to launch its adult-use cannabis delivery application May 28, according to a MassLive.com report, as some regulators have said that delivery is a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cannabis Control Commission Executive Director Shawn Collins made the announcement during the commission’s May 7 virtual meeting, the news outlet reported.
The licenses will be granted to social equity and economic empowerment applicants for at least the first two years, according to MassLive.com. Both programs are meant to bolster industry participation from businesses owned by minorities, those with prior cannabis-related convictions and individuals who have been disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs.
Commissioners are considering a precertification process for the delivery applications before granting applicants a provisional license, MassLive.com reported. This would include verification of business and tax information and insurance plans, according to the news outlet, and then additional factors, such as a host community agreement and capital resources, would be considered before the commission grants a provisional license to pre-certified businesses.
The Cannabis Control Commission approved regulations last fall to allow adult-use cannabis delivery services and cannabis cafes, or establishments where people can legally consume cannabis in a social setting, MassLive.com reported.
Medical cannabis dispensaries are already permitted to deliver products to patients, and 18 of Massachusetts’ Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers have launched delivery services, according to the news outlet.