Responsible Regulation Alliance Submits Comments to Cannabis Control Commission

Cannabis policy experts offer seven initial recommendations based upon lessons learned from working with regulators across the country to implement adult-use cannabis regulations

BOSTON — The Responsible Regulation Alliance (RRA) submitted comments to the Cannabis Control Commission on Monday, including several recommendations based upon lessons learned from working with regulators across the country to implement adult-use cannabis regulations.

Read RRA’s full submission to the commission.

RRA was launched last week by a group of Massachusetts cannabis businesses dedicated to supporting the Commission’s work to advance responsible regulation of the cannabis industry in the Commonwealth.

The group’s comments included seven initial recommendations:

  1. Only require an applicant to submit the information necessary for the Commission to make a licensing decision during the application process.
     
  2. Require Licensees to retain documentation on their Licensed Premises, accessible within a reasonable timeframe, instead of requiring submission to the Commission.
     
  3. Seek to harmonize adult-use and medical cannabis regulations and minimize the physical separation of the two systems wherever appropriate.
     
  4. Avoid unnecessary supply chain restrictions that limit market participation and drive unintentional compliance violations.
     
  5. Leverage packaging and labeling best practices from across the country to minimize the number regulatory changes over time.
     
  6. Balance the economic reality of a nascent industry with legitimate public safety concerns when creating a cannabis testing program.
     
  7. Work within the current confines of federal law to support access to safe methods of crop protection for cannabis businesses.

Monday was the deadline for comments to be submitted to the Commission, which is responsible for implementing the adult-use cannabis law approved by voters last November.