Massachusetts has followed the example of California in legally permitting the recreational use of cannabis and its manufactured products. Recreational licensees are not regulated as "RMDs" under the older medical marijuana treatment center rules. Per the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, "an adult use Marijuana Establishment may opt only to participate in a particular part of the industry, such as cultivation. Several of these business classes require financial assurance, a Massachusetts marijuana license bond to guarantee certain wind-down obligations of each licensee. The Commission defines adult use cannabis establishments as follows:
Massachusetts Marijuana Cultivators
A Marijuana Cultivator may cultivate, process and package marijuana, to transfer and deliver marijuana products to marijuana establishments, but not to consumers. Licensing is of cultivators is by "canopy" or size of mature plant cultivation in square feet.
Massachusetts Craft Marijuana Cooperatives
A Craft Marijuana Cooperative is a type of Marijuana Cultivator which may cultivate, obtain, manufacture, process, package and brand marijuana and marijuana products to deliver marijuana to Marijuana Establishments, but not to consumers.
Massachusetts Marijuana Product Manufacturer
A Marijuana Product Manufacturer is an entity authorized to obtain, manufacture, process and package marijuana and marijuana products, to deliver marijuana and marijuana products to Marijuana Establishments and to transfer marijuana and marijuana products to other Marijuana Establishments, but not to consumers.
Massachusetts Marijuana Retailer
A Marijuana Retailer is an entity authorized to purchase and deliver marijuana and marijuana products from Marijuana Establishments and to sell or otherwise transfer marijuana and marijuana products to Marijuana Establishments and to consumers.
Massachusetts Marijuana Transporter
A Marijuana Transporter is an entity that may only transport marijuana or marijuana products when such transportation is not already authorized under a Marijuana Establishment license if it is licensed as a Marijuana Transporter.
Massachusetts Marijuana Research Facility
A Marijuana Research Facility is an academic institution, non-profit corporation or domestic corporation or entity authorized to do business in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A Marijuana Research Facility may cultivate, purchase or otherwise acquire marijuana for the purpose of conducting research regarding marijuana and marijuana products. Any research involving humans must be authorized by an Institutional Review Board. A Marijuana Research Facility may not sell marijuana it has cultivated.
Massachusetts Marijuana Microbusinesses
A Microbusiness is a co-located Tier 1 Marijuana Cultivator, and/or Marijuana Product Manufacturer limited to purchase 2,000 pounds of marijuana from other Marijuana Establishments in one year.
So what is the cannabis bond for? Regulations and final requirements are modified and added to so the current obligations imposed on surety bonds can will likely change. The Massachusetts marijuana surety bond requirement addresses the costs of decommissioning of marijuana establishment and is found in Section 500.101, "An applicant for licensure as a Marijuana Establishment shall submit the following as part of the Application of Intent: (c) Documentation of a bond or other resources held in an escrow account in an amount sufficient to adequately support the dismantling and winding down of the Marijuana Establishment" Currently the "escrow" amount required by the Commission appears to be $250,000.
Further information about cannabis use, licensing of marijuana establishments can viewed on the Cannabis Control Commission's website here.
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