Massachusetts Regulators: ‘Nothing Has Changed’ After Shift in Fed Policy

Published on January 4, 2018 · Last updated July 28, 2020

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts cannabis regulators say “nothing has changed” for them after a shift in official US policy toward legal cannabis.

The Cannabis Control Commission said Thursday it will continue to fulfill the will of voters by implementing the state law that allows for the sale and adult use of recreational cannabis.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions planned to announce Thursday he was rescinding an Obama-era policy that allowed legal cannabis to flourish in states that permit it, and will allow US attorneys to decide how aggressively to enforce federal cannabis laws in states.

The five-member cannabis commission is finalizing regulations that will allow Massachusetts’ first commercial cannabis shops to open this year.

A spokesman for Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said Baker believes Sessions made the “wrong decision” and he supports implementation of the state law.

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