According to a report from the Boston Business Journal, The CDA (Commonwealth Dispensary Association) of Massachusetts is suing CCC (cannabis Control Commission) over its proposal to issue delivery permits to social equity aspirants for three years. The lawsuit argues that the regulation infringes federal law and that the committee wasn’t eligible to implement the reform during November since it lacked the member’s full complement at that time.
Social equity reforms are broadly accepted by activists including the MRCC (Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council), which advocates for restorative justice to areas that were most hit by the failed fight on drugs.
In November, the board passed bills that proposed setting up disparate marijuana permit types; one enabling delivery firms to buy and store wholesale products and other permitting couriers to liaise with adult-use marijuana dispensaries to deliver to users.
However, the CDA contends that marijuana law describes an MJ retailer as a party authorized to buy and provide cannabis and cannabis products from cannabis facilities before availing it to users. According to their understanding, the provision should permit present licensees their right to delivery permits.
VannJames Saskia, a board member of MRCC, stated that although the lawsuit is unsatisfactory, it’s not surprising. VannJames wrote in an email that Massachusetts’ medical dispensaries were the first to support the marijuana industry within the state.
Saskia also said that although the lawsuit may change provisions ultimately, a similar scenario in Cambridge occurred favorably for social justice. On that case, CDA Revolutionary Clinics sued state representatives thrice for holding the right to retail recreational marijuana for applicants of social equity.
Based on the report, Up to 14th January, only fifty-three out of the state’s 986 completed permits were applicants of social equity. CDA’s lawsuit was submitted to the Suffolk Superior Court.