STURBRIDGE — Towns across Massachusetts need to be proactive in getting ahead of the curve when it comes to recreational marijuna. That was the message at a recent quarterly meeting of the Small Town Administrators of Massachusetts (STAM) that Athol Town Manager Shaun Suhoski brought back to town.
“The deadline by which the state will begin licensing recreational marijuana dispensaries is fast approaching,” said Suhoski, a member of STAM’s programming committee. “As evidenced by the strong turnout for this topic, cities and towns are struggling to learn about the new industry and educate their citizenry, even as the Cannabis Control Commission is still developing their regulations for the March 15 deadline.”
Suhoski and other town administrators heard from panelists at the meeting that current law calls for the newly-appointed state Cannabis Control Commission to adopt and announce initial regulations by March 15, 2018. The state may license recreational marijuana dispensing sites as early as April 2018.
The panelists were Auburn Town Manager Julie Jacobson, who is also the only local government member of the 25-seat Cannabis Advisory Committee; attorney George Hall,