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Massachusetts Grapples with Cannabis Shortage on Martha's Vineyard


The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) is set to address a pressing issue during their Thursday meeting: the dwindling marijuana supply on Martha's Vineyard. This shortage has sparked significant concern among local dispensaries and consumers alike.


Island Time Dispensary, a key player on Martha's Vineyard, has reported being out of product. The dispensary's owner revealed that their supplier ceased operations earlier this year, deeming it financially unfeasible to continue cultivation on the island. This decision has led to a legal battle, with the owner filing a lawsuit against the CCC to permit the transportation of cannabis over state waters from the mainland.


Current Massachusetts regulations prohibit the transportation of marijuana over state waters, creating a logistical challenge for Martha's Vineyard. This has left local dispensaries scrambling to find solutions as their stock depletes.


In comparison, states like California have already implemented measures allowing cannabis transport to islands off their coast. When queried, Rhode Island officials mentioned that their regulations are still in development but declined to discuss any specifics.


The CCC's Thursday meeting will include an executive session to deliberate on the supply issue. The outcome of this discussion could significantly impact the island's dispensaries and their ability to serve customers.


For businesses on Martha's Vineyard, the situation is becoming increasingly dire. Island Time Dispensary, along with others, is anxiously awaiting a resolution. The dispensary owner has expressed concern over the potential long-term effects on their customers if the supply chain isn't restored soon.


This issue highlights the broader challenges faced by isolated regions in maintaining a steady supply of cannabis. As Massachusetts grapples with this problem, the decisions made could set a precedent for how similar situations are handled in other states.


Should Massachusetts allow cannabis transport over state waters to address the supply shortage on Martha's Vineyard?

  • Yes, it's essential to support local dispensaries.

  • No, the current regulations should remain in place.

  • Maybe, but only with strict regulations.



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