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Martha’s Vineyard Won’t Run Out Of Weed After All

June 14, 2024

The state commission that regulates legal sales of marijuana has decided to allow the drug to be shipped to Martha’s Vineyard, reversing a previous ruling and easing worries about a weedless summer on the island.

Supplies are running out because marijuana-growing businesses on the island have shut down and the state agency hasn’t allowed marijuana to be sent by ship from the mainland for fear of running afoul of the federal government, since marijuana is illegal under federal law and the federal government has jurisdiction over U.S. territorial waters.

But the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission decided Thursday, June 13 to allow marijuana to be shipped to the Vineyard.

The commission “made the decision that we needed to take immediate action,” said the commission’s acting chairman, Ava Callender Concepcion, according to MassLive.com.

She expressed concern for medical patients who use marijuana as a painkiller as well as for purchasers who use the drug recreationally.

The commission’s decision also affects Nantucket, which is 28 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, but supplies on that island are not running out because there are two marijuana-growing businesses there that remain open, according to MassLive.com.

Massachusetts voters approved a referendum legalizing recreational use of marijuana in 2016, by a margin of 53.7 percent to 46.3 percent.

 

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