Massachusetts Marijuana Home Delivery Approved, with Body Cameras To Ensure Safe Transactions
BOSTON – After months of debate, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission approved the home delivery of marijuana on Tuesday amid some criticism from law enforcement and the public who voiced their concerns over the summer during several hearings.
As shared by CBS Boston, in an effort to address the potential dangers of home delivery, the Cannabis Control Commission approved the mandate that all deliveries must be recorded via body camera.
"We depend on a good relationship with law enforcement. Our regulations, particularly our security regulations, reflect this," Commissioner Britte McBride said Tuesday.
He added: "Here, we are faced with the challenge of balancing public safety concerns like robberies, which the use of body cameras are intended to deter, with individual privacy."
Per the new regulations, anyone delivering marijuana throughout the state must wear a body camera to record the transaction. Other rules have also been put in to place to ensure the safety of those delivering marijuana, for the product itself and the individual receiving the delivery.
On top of body cameras, the recorded footage of the deliveries must be stored for at least 30 days and cannot be shared with a third party, and only with law enforcement officials when needed.
“Anything that is finding a balance between opposing points of view is not going to satisfy either party,” said Steven Hoffman, chair of the Cannabis Control Commission. “We’ll monitor it and continue working with law enforcement to make any changes that are necessary.”
Other safety measures put in place for the home delivery of marijuana include the use of a secure vehicle with two individuals present at each delivery, alarms, the use of GPS and a secure compartment for the marijuana to be stored.
Boston CBS spoke with several individuals at Brookline's New England Treatment Access about the approval of home delivery. Many appeared happy over the decision.
“It’s like a pizza delivery guy, you got to give them their money and they leave,” one woman shared.
“It’s just more enjoyable you smoke, you chill and they bring it to you,” said another unnamed woman.
Others liked the privacy of ordering marijuana to be delivered to their home.
“I think overall it’s good, you know, keep it all in the privacy of homes,” a man said.
As reported by WBUR, it appears it will take some time as the commission works out just how the approval process will go for licensing marijuana delivery services.