Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday maintained the statewide retail ban on the sale of all vaping merchandise right after securing approval from the Public Well being Council for an emergency regulation, but at the similar time, a regional judge permitted healthcare cannabis individuals to acquire crushed flower for use in vaporizers.
The emergency regulation, to be filed Monday, keeps the vape ban in location when also developing a 3-month timeline for rulemaking and setting up public hearings.
Baker, a Republican, final month announced a statewide ban on the sale of marijuana and tobacco vaping merchandise in response to lung illnesses and deaths attributed to the use of e-cigarette merchandise.
The move created Massachusetts the first state to ban the sale of all merchandise of that variety, a main monetary setback to the state’s marijuana retailers, processors and vaporizer suppliers.
Meanwhile, the judge in a case challenging Baker’s short-term ban ordered the resumption of the sale of crushed marijuana flower for vaping right after hearing testimony from healthcare marijuana individuals and advocates.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins wrote in an order issued Thursday that creating ground cannabis flower accessible to individuals would cut down exposure to oils and additives from vape merchandise.
The order makes it possible for MMJ patients to legally acquire “crushed flower.”
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