WORCESTER – The Cannabis Control Commission is asking the public to weigh in on proposed changes to marijuana regulations governing dozens of aspects, ranging from telehealth visits to end-of-life care options for non-Massachusetts medical patients.
“I think a lot of what we did is quite honestly bring clarity to a lot of questions that have been debated,” CCC Chairman Steven Hoffman said in an interview with reporters after the commission’s meeting Monday. “Every round we do of regulations (review) makes them better, makes them tighter … makes them less ambiguous.”
The commission is undertaking a review to possibly change regulations and associated definitions in response to questions and concerns of applicants, commissioners and CCC staff.
On Monday, the commission met to discuss proposed revisions to regulations governing 40 topics and including more than a dozen definitions.
Most of the proposed regulatory changes and definition changes that the commissioners reviewed prompted no debate.
Moreover, commissioners opted to wait and incorporate public feedback before revising the proposed changes on many topics that did generate discussion or questions from commissioners – for instance, how to best accommodate out-of-state residents using state medical dispensaries for end-of-life care and other illnesses, and whether to allow telehealth for medical patients to initially become certified.
Commissioners concluded the meeting by voting to officially send the proposed revisions to the public for comment.
A public hearing on the proposed regulations is scheduled for Aug. 3, and the public comment period ends at 5 p.m. Aug. 14. The commission is scheduled to vote on the final regulations Sept. 24.