June 25 – July 1, 2019 Dispensary Compliance Updates

by Jayson Filingeri,

In Massachusetts, the Initial Access Certification is available for patients July 1st. This means patients may receive a temporary registration after seeing a doctor for a period of up to 14 days prior to receiving their actual patient card. The temporary registration must be verified at Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MTCs/dispensaries) via the Cannabis Control Commission’s virtual gateway. The virtual gateway is an online system where MTCs log patient sales and monitor purchase limits.

Also in Massachusetts, regulators unanimously approved draft rules allowing marijuana delivery services and social consumption.

In Maine, Governor Janet Mills finally signed rules allowing recreational marijuana sales. Rules will be effective mid-September. Actual sales are expected in early 2020.

In Washington, the summer edition of Topics and Trends, published by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, is available for viewing. It is worth noting:

  • Retailers may accept returns from consumers at their discretion, but may not return the product to the producer.
  • The state has successfully negotiated formal agreements with 11 Washington American Indian Tribes and is currently in the process of negotiating several more. These formal agreements, referred to as compacts, are needed so that Washington state licensees can legally purchase from and sell marijuana to Indian tribes.
  • Software Release 1.40.0 is scheduled to “go live” Sept. 20, 2019.
  • SB 5318 – Compliance and Enforcement Bill, effective July 28th, creates a “voluntary compliance program” whereby the LCB must give the licensee advice and consultation on compliance matters and must include recommendations on abating violations.


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