Massachusetts’ top public safety official worried about marijuana cafes, theaters

Allowing social consumption of marijuana in cafes, theaters or yoga studios will make it more likely for people to drive while on drugs and for minors to access marijuana, Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett has told the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.

“We believe the difficulties of safely administering the adult use marijuana market in the near term will be multiplied by the proposed licensing of social consumption establishments, mixed-use social consumption establishments, and home delivery retail services,” Bennett wrote in a letter to the commission.

Gov. Charlie Baker and members of his administration have been pushing back against the marijuana oversight board’s decision to allow consumption of marijuana at businesses, like cafes or movie theaters.

Proponents of social consumption say it will provide a space to consume marijuana for people who live in public housing or in rented apartments where marijuana is not allowed. But opponents say the commission is going too far too fast.

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Schoenberg, Shira “Massachusetts’ top public safety official worried about marijuana cafes, theaters.” www.masslive.com. 12 February 2018. Web. 13 February 2018.

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