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Massachusetts Governor Pushes Back on Cannabis Cafés

February 13, 2018
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BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration is again urging state marijuana regulators to hold off on allowing so-called “cannabis cafes,” or other places where cannabis products could be consumed on site.

“People should crawl before they walk and walk before they run.”
Gov. Charlie Baker

In a letter Monday to the Cannabis Control Commission, Secretary of Public Safety Dan Bennett warned that licensing social consumption establishments — as envisioned in draft regulations — would likely lead to more people driving while under the influence of marijuana. Bennett also wrote it could increase access to recreational marijuana for minors.

Baker wants regulators to focus at least initially on licensing retail stores where customers could buy marijuana but not be allowed to use it on the premises.

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The governor, who opposed cannabis legalization in the state, told reporters Monday that “people should crawl before they walk and walk before they run.”

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  • Burnzy

    Really!?! So we can solve underage drinking and drinking and driving and save lives all by closing bars, clubs, and any establishment that allows drinking alcohol onsite?? I wonder then why governor Baker wouldn’t do that to the alcohol industry?? 🤔

  • skidaddy74012

    How do governors, one person, control and dictate against what the vast majority of the people want? Too much power.

  • Starmaykr

    For a Republican (who actually opposed legalization) Governor Baker has done a pretty good job implementing the will of the people of Massachusetts. Like many, I was not happy when the implementation date of the original ballot measure was extended by six months by the Legislature. Later I learned this was not uncommon for any ballot measure. At the time it was extended, Governor Baker said he would not allow any further extensions to the measure’s implementation.I want to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one. As to these Cafes? We have done a good job in Massachusetts of taking our time to formulate a pretty good Regulatory regime so far. I see no reason why we cannot take another Six months to put together some sensible regulations needed to open these Cafes before the end of the year. Lets give Baker and CCC a chance.