But not if the state’s existing marijuana dispensaries have their say on the matter.
“This will not be the final word on delivery,” the Commonwealth Dispensary Association said in a statement Monday, indicating plans to challenge the regulatory changes in court.
The slate of rules changes, which the state’s Cannabis Control Commission approved by a vote of 3-to-1 during a virtually held meeting Monday, include a new license for standalone marijuana delivery companies with their own warehouse of products.
Under the state’s previous rules, the only adult-use marijuana delivery ostensibly allowed was for third-party operators to transport purchases from established dispensaries — basically following the model of food delivery platforms, but with far more restrictions.
The original license, which was approved a year ago, was created in part to foster more diversity and inclusion in the two-year-old, corporate-heavy recreational marijuana market in Massachusetts, since such a delivery business would require fewer upfront costs than a full-fledged brick-and-mortar store. But it was soon met with complaints from entrepreneurs that the delivery fees they could charge still weren’t worth the cost. [Read more at Boston.com]