February 15, 2018

Pot advocates say Baker running 'intimidation campaign'

Marijuana legalization leaders plan on Thursday to fire back at the Baker administration's "coordinated intimidation campaign," countering what has been a 10-day shelling of the Cannabis Control Commission's draft regulations by executive agencies under the governor's control.

Representatives of the Marijuana Policy Project who led the Yes on 4 ballot initiative campaign and members of the Cannabis Advisory Board will speak outside the State House at 11 a.m. to assail attempts "to coerce the Cannabis Control Commission amid its regulatory writing process."

The CCC's draft regulations -- which envision an industry that includes marijuana cafes, delivery-only businesses and other novel business types -- have been under fire by Baker and others who say they believe regulators are jeopardizing plans for retail marijuana businesses by pursuing and overly ambitious industry rollout.

"I think the experience coming out of both Colorado and Oregon has been that this is a very tough industry to regulate straight out of the gate and people should crawl before they walk and walk before they run," Baker said Monday.

Jim Borghesani, spokesman for MPP, said the press conference will address the CCC's independence, misrepresentation of impaired driving studies and small business concerns.

"We are witnessing a coordinated intimidation campaign that threatens the independence of the Cannabis Control Commission and calls into question the appropriate relationship between the administration, the Legislature and the body charged with regulating this new industry," he said in a statement.

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