Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts dispensary sues for right to transport cannabis to island by boat

A dispensary in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, has filed a lawsuit against the state’s Cannabis Control Commission over rules prohibiting the transportation of cannabis products by boat across Vineyard Sound to the island.

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A Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, cannabis dispensary is suing the state Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) over rules prohibiting the transportation of cannabis products by boat across Vineyard Sound to the island, the Vineyard Gazette reports. The lawsuit, filed by Island Time owner Geoff Rose, argues that the ban on transporting cannabis from the mainland to the island is arbitrary and places an undue burden on the island’s dispensaries, which must rely on cannabis grown only on the island. island.

State officials say the ban is necessary because of federal law and state regulations that prohibit the transportation of cannabis through water and airspace between mainland Massachusetts and Martha’s Vineyard, according to the report. Rose, in an interview with the Gazette, rejected those claims, saying Vineyard Sound operates under state jurisdiction.

“For more than 11 years, my efforts have been focused on providing safe and responsible cannabis to local residents and visitors alike. “I hope the court orders the commission to take immediate action to allow us to transport the product from the mainland.” — Rosa to the Gazette

The lawsuit comes after the island’s only commercial cannabis facility, Fine Fettle, announced it would close this year, leaving Martha’s Vineyard dispensaries short of product. Rose said he ordered products earlier this year from a supplier on the mainland who transported them aboard a vehicle aboard the Steamship Authority ferry, but he said that also violated state rules and ordered Rose not to sell the product. a position they later revered. .

“(Island Time) is starving because of the Commission’s arbitrary, unreasonable and inconsistent policy against the transportation of marijuana and marijuana products over state territorial waters,” the lawsuit states.

A statement from the CCC indicated that the agency “has been discussing what might be possible in terms of extending additional accommodations to these licensees and will schedule a public meeting on Martha’s Vineyard within the next month to continue the conversation,” but that ” “The transportation of marijuana from the Commonwealth mainland to the island counties is not one of those accommodations.”

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