July 21st, 2024

Cannabis regulators allow pot to be transported to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket amid shortage

By Nick Perry, The Associated Press on June 13, 2024.

Sally Rizzo, a medical marijuana user, walks her dog Ginger on June 3, 2024, in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. Unless something changes, Martha's Vineyard is about to run out of pot, affecting more than 230 registered medical users and thousands more recreational ones. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) – Cannabis regulators in Massachusetts on Thursday issued an administrative order that will allow pot to be transported to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket islands for the first time.

The order came as Martha’s Vineyard was about to run out of pot, with one dispensary temporarily closing in May and the other saying it would close by September.

One of the dispensaries, Island Time, had filed a lawsuit against the commission. The other dispensary, Fine Fettle, was the sole grower of pot on the island and had provided all the pot for sale. But Fine Fettle said the small grow operation was no longer economically feasible and was closing it down.

Although Massachusetts voters opted to legalize marijuana more than seven years ago, the state commission had previously not allowed transportation of pot to the islands. It had taken the position that transporting pot across the ocean – whether by boat or plane – risked running afoul of federal laws.

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