Staties, BPD to feds: We won’t bust bud in Bay State

Staties, BPD to feds: We won’t bust bud in Bay State

Published on 1/10/18

Several states across the U.S. have made it clear that they have no intention of helping the federal government on any crackdowns of state legal marijuana businesses and this week Massachusetts joined that list. The Public Safety Secretary representing the state police told the media that they intend on enforcing state law which is what the Massachusetts people voted on. Despite Massachusetts state police choosing state over federal law, a Massachusetts-based U.S. Attorney says he cannot guarantee protections for any marijuana businesses, cultivators or customers, though he did not specifically address the local law enforcement's statements. Even with tensions running high officials plan to continue with regulating the incoming industry and beginning ahead of the July deadline. 

If the feds bust any local pot shops, they’ll be on their own — state police and Boston cops won’t assist in any crackdown on businesses that are legal under state law, local authorities said.

Public Safety Secretary Daniel Bennett, who oversees the state police, told the Herald yesterday, “We have a state law that we’re intending to enforce, and the state law was voted on by the people of Massachusetts. We have no intention of raiding a pot shop that is legal under state law.”

“Each individual dispensary will have to take the necessary steps to ensure their patients are being served in a secure setting,” said David Torrisi, executive director of the Commonwealth Dispensary Association. “It’s primarily an inconvenience, but the security issue is real.”

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