Despite concerns about robberies and security, a state committee recommended that Massachusetts grant licenses to companies to deliver marijuana.
The question surrounds “delivery-only” licenses, in which the Cannabis Control Commission would let a company form a business and obtain a license to deliver marijuana from a retail store to a customer’s home.
Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael was among those who recommended strongly against the policy. “Delivery-only is a tragedy waiting to happen,” Carmichael said.
The Public Safety and Community Mitigation subcommittee of the Cannabis Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to the Cannabis Control Commission, voted 4-3 at a meeting on Wednesday to recommend that the state allow delivery-only licenses.
Subcommittee Chairman Matt Allen, of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the committee previously had hours of debate on the topic. He noted that there are already companies and individuals that deliver marijuana, but they are operating illegally.
“It’s going to continue to happen whether or not there’s a state license,” Allen said. “By having the commission offer a license, it will reduce the illicit market, which will allow the state to capture funds and tax revenue.” [Read more at Mass Live]