A group of cannabis industry representatives is slated to meet with Gov. Charlie Baker’s reopening advisory board on Saturday to pitch how recreational marijuana stores can reopen safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recreational shops have been shuttered since March 24 after being deemed non-essential by Baker. Massachusetts is the only state with legal marijuana that has shut down recreational businesses during the pandemic. Medical marijuana, however, has been deemed essential.
The representatives meeting with the 17-member advisory board include the Commonwealth Dispensary Association, Amanda Rositano, the president of NETA, Kobie Evans, a co-owner of Pure Oasis, Joseph Lusardi, the Chief Executive Officer of Curaleaf, and Jay Youmans, a principal at Smith, Costello & Crawford, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting.
Baker mentioned earlier this week that representatives from the industry would be coming in to speak with the board, which has been tasked with creating a plan to reopen the economy and delivering a report by May 18.
The Cannabis Control Commission is not among the representatives meeting with the advisory board on Saturday, officials said.
Since recreational marijuana stores have been closed, the CCC has reported a spike in new registrations of medical patients.
An increase in medical patients led to concern about the medical supply chain. The commission last month decided to allow the recreational market to support the medical market with wholesale transfers.