Medical marijuana patients and recreational consumers gave state regulators plenty to consider as the Cannabis Control Commission sets out this spring to revise and republish the regulations governing both medical and non-medical marijuana sectors.
The regulatory review comes about three months after the Cannabis Control Commission assumed control of the state’s medical marijuana program and as it continues to launch the non-medical marijuana industry in Massachusetts. Commissioners expect to promulgate new sets of regulations by June.
In Boston on Wednesday, patients in the medical marijuana program urged the commission to do away with the annual $50 fee to renew a patient card, to make the patient registration process simpler and more efficient, and to eliminate the requirement that medical dispensaries be “vertically integrated,” meaning they must grow and process all the marijuana they sell.
“End the $50 fee for all patients. Patients are already paying