MASSACHUSETTS SEED TO SALE TRACEABILITY

KNOWLEDGE CENTER

Created to provide helpful information about the Massachusetts Cannabis Industry.

 CANNABIS LICENSE INFO

  • Should the state begin accepting more applications for cultivation, manufacturing, retail dispensaries or lab testers, the state will publish a Notice of Application Opportunity (Notice) which will detail the requirements to the applicant for submission.
  • Medical Marijuana Licensees: Existing medical marijuana licensees will receive priority licensing, which ends in 2018.
  • Local Control:  Localities are allowed to regulate time, place and manner no more restrictively than medical marijuana regulations.  Local governments can limit establishment numbers, however, any bans or limits below 20% are required to be approved by voters.

There are 4 license types offered in Massachusetts:

  1. Cultivator
  2. Manufacturer (Processor)
  3. Retail (Dispensary)
  4. Tester (Laboratory)

Are there costs associated with cannabis licenses?

  • $3,000, non-refundable application fee.
  • Applicants must meet standards required for an alcohol license, except that a marijuana-related conviction will not restrict licensure.
  • The state’s program is operated by the Cannabis Control Commission, which is allowed to institute an absolute cap on statewide marijuana cultivation.
  • Manufacturer licenses will not exceed 75 until October 2018 and a max of 75 cultivators until October 2019.
  • Delivery services remain illegal at this time.
  • Licensed marijuana businesses must be a minimum of 500 ft. from any school.

Information will be updated here as it becomes available. Check back for updates!  Please note; while we aim to keep this pages fully up to date with the latest information, cannabis laws are always changing.  We encourage you to verify these rules and regulations in the official legal text, which we’ve linked throughout the page for your convenience.

Caregivers grow and process cannabis on behalf of patients. They cannot charge for cannabis, only recoup the costs of goods.

Current Estimated Patient Counts: TBD

Qualified patients can purchase medical marijuana from a Registered Marijuana Dispensary (RMD).  For a full list of RMD’s, click here.

How can I obtain a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Card?

To obtain a medical marijuana registration card, a patient must submit the following:

  • Full name, DOB, address, phone number, email address (if applicable), and a statement verifying the patient’s age and residence in Massachusetts.
  • Written authorization from a certified physician
  • A statement detailing whether or not the patient will apply for a hardship cultivation registration (permission to grow marijuana in your residence)
  • Driver’s License or Government Issued Identification
  • Non-refundable registration fee
  • Written acknowledgment of the patient’s limitations as it relates to cultivation, possession, and use of medical marijuana
  • Attestation that the qualified patient will not engage in diversion of medical marijuana

Registration cards are valid for one year from the date of issue and may be renewed via a form and manner determined by the Department of Health.

How can a Minor obtain Medical Marijuana Registration?

All of the same rules and requirements apply for qualified patients under the age of 18, with these additional rules:

  • If the patient is under the age of a8, a parent or legal guardian must provide a written permission granting the child authorization.
  • Patients under the age of 18 MUST have a designated personal caregiver, which is required to be the minor patient’s parent or legal guardian.

How can I become a Personal Caregiver in Massachusetts?

In order to obtain a personal caregiver registration card, a qualifying patient must submit an application in a manner determined by the Department of Health.  Required info will include:

  • Full name, DOB, address, phone number, email address (if applicable) and statement verifying the individual is over 21 years of age
  • All of the same info above as it relates to the qualified patient
  • Copy of the personal caregiver’s driver’s license or government-issued identification
  • Statement detailing whether the caregiver will be cultivating medical marijuana for the patient
  • Written acknowledgment of the patient’s limitations as it relates to cultivation, possession, and use of medical marijuana
  • Attestation that the qualified patient will not engage in diversion of medical marijuana

An individual is required to be granted a personal caregiver registration card from the Department of Health prior to serving as the personal caregiver for any qualified patient.  Personal caregivers must carry their registration card at any time they’re in possession of medical marijuana.

Detailed rules and regulations can be found here.

Qualified patients and personal caregivers can apply here.

Dispensaries sell legal cannabis, and cannabis products, to responsible adults in compliance with local regulations.

Massachusetts Dispensary Licenses

In Massachusetts, Dispensaries are more commonly referred to as Retail Cannabis Stores or Registered Marijuana Dispensaries (RMD).

Retail cannabis store licenses have an additional $15,000 fee on top of the initial application fees.

What kind of point-of-sale do I need to operate a Dispensary?

Most states require dispensaries to track and trace all of their cannabis-related products for regulatory and compliance reporting requirements. Our Dispensary Point of Sale and inventory management system provides comprehensive seed-to-sale cannabis tracking with a focus on compliant data points.  If your state requires seed-to-sale systems to stay compliant, BioTrackTHC has you covered.  Our system is customized to meet the unique regulatory frameworks in each and every state.

You can find detailed rules and regulations here.

Grower (also commonly referred to as Producers or Cultivators) – Cultivators are responsible for growing cannabis. Mature plants are harvested and transferred to a Processor.

Massachusetts Cultivation Licenses

Cannabis Cultivator licenses include an additional $15,000 fee on top of the initial application fees.

What kind of tracking system do I need to operate a Cultivation Facility?

Most states require an extensive seed-to-sale cannabis tracking system to monitor cultivation efforts and inventory.  Our cultivation seed-to-sale-tracking solution provides comprehensive data tracking with an emphasis on compliance.  Customized to meet the unique regulatory frameworks in each state, BioTrackTHC also features an all-in-one business tool to help you operate every aspect of the cultivation business by itself, or as part of the vertically-integrated cannabis business.

Detailed rules and regulations can be found here.

Processors – Processors take harvested cannabis from Cultivators and create derivative extracts for edibles, concentrates, topicals, and prepacks. Finished products are transported to Dispensaries.

Massachusetts Cannabis Processor Licenses

In Massachusetts, Cannabis Processors are commonly referred to as Cannabis Product Manufacturers.

Cannabis Product Manufacturer licenses include an additional $15,000 fee on top of the initial application fee.

What kind of tracking system do I need to operate a Processing or Manufacturing Facility?

Most states require an extensive seed-to-sale cannabis tracking system to monitor processing and manufacturing efforts, which is especially important in this part of the supply chain due to conversions into multiple byproducts and higher amounts of waste.  Our processing seed-to-sale-tracking solution provides comprehensive conversion tracking focused on compliant data points.  Customized to meet the unique regulatory frameworks in each state, BioTrackTHC also features an all-in-one business tool to help you operate every aspect of the cultivation business by itself, or as part of the vertically-integrated cannabis business.

Detailed rules and regulations can be found here.

Laboratories test cannabis for concentration and contaminants. Prior to entering the consumer market, all regulated cannabis is required to undergo quality assurance testing.

Massachusetts Laboratory Licenses

In Massachusetts, Laboratories are commonly referred to as Cannabis Testing Facilities.

Cannabis Testing Facilities include an additional $10,000 fee on top of the initial application fees.

Detailed rules and regulations can be found here.

Laboratory Testing Protocols.

Massachusetts Seed-to-Sale Traceability Info

  • Massachusetts Recreational Marijuana Program is operated by the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC).  When applying for a cannabis business license in the state, the CCC will share the application with the city or town in which the establishment hopes to be located.  Assuming the application meets all of the requirements and the location qualifies, applicants will be issued a license or a formal rejection, along with an explanation, within 90 days of the application submission date.
  • The Cannabis Control Commission is a three-member body under the current law, appointed by and under the oversight of the state treasurer.  There is discussion of adding two more members to the CCC.
  • The Massachusetts Department of Health remains responsible for the state’s medical marijuana program, which includes the application and approval process for qualified medical marijuana patients and their personal caregivers.
  • Licensed marijuana businesses are required to have an active seed-to-sale tracking system to provide key data points to regulatory bodies.

BioTrackTHC software solutions impact the following regulations, to review the rules and regulations in their entirety, please click here.

Labeling of Marijuana and Marijuana Products.

(a) Labeling of Marijuana Not Sold as a Marijuana Product. Prior to marijuana being sold or transferred a Marijuana Cultivator shall ensure the placement of a legible, firmly affixed label on which the wording is no less than 1/16 inch in size on each package of marijuana that it makes available for retail sale, containing at a minimum the following information:

  1. The name and registration number of the Marijuana Cultivator that produced the marijuana, together with the retail licensee’s business telephone number, electronic mail address, and website information, if any;
  2. The quantity of usable marijuana contained within the package;
  3. The date that the Marijuana Retailer or Marijuana Cultivator packaged the contents and a statement of which licensee performed the packaging;
  4. A batch number, sequential serial number, and bar code when used, to identify the batch associated with manufacturing and processing;
  5. The full cannabinoid profile of the marijuana contained within the package, including THC and other cannabinoid level;
  6. A statement and a seal certifying that the product has been tested for contaminants, that there were no adverse findings, and the date of testing in accordance with M.G.L. c. 94G, § 15;
  7. This statement, including capitalization: “This product has not been analyzed or approved by the FDA. There is limited information on the side effects of using this product, and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding may pose potential harms. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN.”;
  8. The following symbol or easily recognizable mark issued by the Commission that indicates the package contains marijuana product:
  9. The following symbol or other easily recognizable mark issued by the Commission that indicates not that the product is harmful to children:

(a) shall not apply to marijuana packaged by a Marijuana Cultivator for transport to a Marijuana Retailer in compliance with 935 CMR 500.105(13) provided however that the retailer is responsible for compliance with this subsection for all marijuana products sold or displayed for consumers.

(b) Labeling of Edible Marijuana Infused Products. Prior to edible marijuana products being sold or transferred, the Marijuana Product Manufacturer shall place a legible, firmly affixed label on which the wording is no less than 1/16 inch in size on each edible marijuana product that it prepares for retail sale or wholesale, containing at a minimum the following information:

  1. The name and registration number of the product manufacturer that produced the marijuana product, together with the product manufacturer’s business telephone number, e-mail address, and website information, if any;
  2. The name of the marijuana product;
  3. Refrigeration of the product is required, as applicable;
  4. Net weight or volume in US customary and metric units;
  5. The quantity of usable marijuana contained within the product as measured in ounces;
  6. The type of marijuana used to produce the product, including what, if any, processing technique or solvents were used;
  7. A list of ingredients, including the full cannabinoid profile of the marijuana contained within the Marijuana Product, including the amount of delta-ninetetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) and other cannabinoids in the package and in each serving of a marijuana product as expressed in absolute terms and as a percentage of volume;
  1. The serving size of the marijuana product in milligrams if the package is a multiple-serving package;
  2. The number of serving sizes within the marijuana product based on the limits provided in 935 CMR 500.150;
  3. The amount, in grams, of sodium, sugar, carbohydrates and total fat per serving;
  4. The date of creation and the recommended “use by” or expiration date which shall not be altered or changed;
  5. A batch number, sequential serial number and bar codes when used, to identify the batch associated with manufacturing and processing;
  6. Directions for use of the marijuana product if relevant;
  7. A statement and a seal that the product has been tested for contaminants, that there were no adverse findings, and the date of testing in accordance with M.G.L. c. 94G, § 15;
  8. A warning if nuts or other known allergens are contained in the product;
  9. This statement, including capitalization: “The impairment effects of edible products may be delayed by two hours or more. This product has not been analyzed or approved by the FDA. There is limited information on the side effects of using this product, and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding may pose potential harms. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN”;
  10. The following symbol or easily recognizable mark issued by the Commission that indicates the package contains marijuana product:
  11. The following symbol or other easily recognizable mark issued by the 935 CMR: CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION REVISED DRAFT (D935500.wpd) 935 CMR – 141 Commission that indicates not that the product is harmful to children: 935 CMR 500.105(5)(b) shall apply to edible marijuana products produced by a Marijuana Product Manufacturer for transport to a Marijuana Retailer in compliance with 935 CMR 500.105(13) and shall be in addition to any regulation regarding the appearance of edible marijuana products under 935 CMR 500.150.

(c) Labeling of Marijuana Concentrates and Extracts. Prior to marijuana concentrates or extracts being sold or transferred, the Marijuana Product Manufacturer shall place a legible, firmly affixed label on which the wording is no less than 1/16 inch in size on each marijuana concentrate container that it prepares for retail sale or wholesale, containing at a minimum the following information:

  1. The name and registration number of the product manufacturer that produced the marijuana product, together with the product manufacturer’s business telephone number, e-mail address, and website information, if any;
  2. The name of the marijuana product;
  3. Product identity including the word “concentrate” or “extract” as applicable;
  4. Net weight of volume expressed in US customary units and metric units;
  5. The type of marijuana used to produce the product, including what, if any, processing technique or solvents were used;
  6. A list of ingredients, including the full Cannabinoid profile of the marijuana contained within the Marijuana Product, including the amount of delta-ninetetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) and other cannabinoids in the package and in each serving of a Marijuana Product as expressed in absolute terms and as a percentage of volume;
  7. A statement of the serving size and number of servings per container or amount suggested for use based on the limits provided in 935 CMR 500.150;
  8. The date of creation and the recommended “use by” or expiration date;
  9. A batch number, sequential serial number, and bar code when used, to identify the batch associated with manufacturing and processing;
  10. Directions for use of the marijuana product if relevant;
  11. A statement and a seal that the product has been tested for contaminants, that there were no adverse findings, and the date of testing in accordance with M.G.L. c. 94G, § 15;
  12. A warning if nuts or other known allergens are contained in the product;
  13. This statement, including capitalization: “This product has not been analyzed or approved by the FDA. There is limited information on the side effects of using this product, and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding may pose potential harms. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN.”;
  14. The following symbol or easily recognizable mark issued by the Commission that indicates the package contains marijuana product:
  15. The following symbol or other easily recognizable mark issued by the

Commission that indicates not that the product is harmful to children:

(d) Labeling of Marijuana Infused Tinctures and Topicals. Prior to marijuana infused tinctures or topicals being sold or transferred the Marijuana Product Manufacturer shall place a legible, firmly affixed label on which the wording is no less than 1/16 inch in size on each container of marijuana infused tincture or topical that it prepares for retail sale or wholesale, containing at a minimum the following information:

  1. The name and registration number of the product manufacturer that produced the marijuana product, together with the product manufacturer’s business telephone number, e-mail address, and website information, if any;
  2. The marijuana product’s identity;
  3. The type of marijuana used to produce the product, including what, if any, processing technique or solvents were used;
  4. A list of ingredients, including the full Cannabinoid profile of the marijuana contained within the Marijuana Product, including the amount of delta-ninetetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) and other cannabinoids in the package and in each serving of a Marijuana Product as expressed in absolute terms and as a percentage of volume;
  5. Net weight or volume as expressed in US customary units or metric units;
  6. The date of product creation;
  7. A batch number, sequential serial number, and bar code when used, to identify the batch associated with manufacturing and processing;
  8. Directions for use of the marijuana product if relevant;
  9. A statement and a seal that the product has been tested for contaminants, that there were no adverse findings, and the date of testing in accordance with M.G.L. c. 94G, § 15;
  10. A warning if nuts or other known allergens are contained in the product;
  11. This statement, including capitalization: “This product has not been analyzed or approved by the FDA. There is limited information on the side effects of using this product, and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding may pose potential harms. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN.”;
  12. The following symbol or easily recognizable mark issued by the Commission that indicates the package contains marijuana product:
  13. The following symbol or other easily recognizable mark issued by the Commission that indicates not that the product is harmful to children:

935 CMR 500.105(5)(d) shall apply to marijuana-infused tinctures and topicals produced by a Marijuana Product Manufacturer for transport to a Marijuana Retailer in compliance with 935 CMR 500.105(13).

(e) In circumstances where the labeling of the marijuana product is unreasonable or impractical, the Marijuana Establishment may include the labeling information on a peelback label or may place the product in a sealed bag with an insert or additional, easily readable label firmly affixed to that bag.

Inventory.

(a) Subject to the DPH’s approval, a Marijuana Establishment that is also a RMD may sell marijuana products in its possession at the time it receives approval from the Commission to commence sales, subject to the limitation in 935 CMR 500.140(10).

(b) Real-time inventory shall be maintained as specified by the Commission and in 935 CMR 500.105(8)(c) and (d), including, at a minimum, an inventory of marijuana plants; marijuana plant seeds and clones in any phase of development such as propagation, vegetation, and flowering; marijuana ready for dispensing; all marijuana  products; and all damaged, defective, expired, or contaminated marijuana and marijuana products awaiting disposal.

(c) A Marijuana Establishment shall:

  1. Establish inventory controls and procedures for the conduct of inventory reviews, and comprehensive inventories of marijuana products in the process of cultivation, and finished, stored marijuana;
  2. Conduct a monthly inventory of marijuana in the process of cultivation and finished, stored marijuana;
  3. Conduct a comprehensive annual inventory at least once every year after the date of the previous comprehensive inventory; and
  4. Promptly transcribe inventories if taken by use of an oral recording device.

(d) The record of each inventory shall include, at a minimum, the date of the inventory, a summary of the inventory findings, and the names, signatures, and titles of the individuals who conducted the inventory.

(e) A Marijuana Establishment shall tag and track all marijuana seeds, clones, plants, and marijuana products, using a seed-to-sale methodology in a form and manner to be approved by the Commission.

(f) No marijuana product, including marijuana, may be sold or otherwise marketed for adult use that is not capable of being tested by Independent Testing Laboratories, except as allowed under 935 CMR 500.000.

(g) A Marijuana Establishment that is cultivating, processing or selling marijuana products for medical use as well as marijuana products for adult use must create virtual separation of the products.

At the point of sale, a Marijuana Retailer that is also a RMD must designate whether  935 CMR: CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION REVISED DRAFT (D935500.wpd) 935 CMR – 145 marijuana products are intended for sale for adult use or medical use through tracking methodology approved by the Commission under 935 CMR 500.

(h) A Marijuana Retailer that is also a RMD is subject to the laws governing taxation in the Commonwealth, including, but not limited to, the laws regarding taxation, filling, audit and seizure.

Record Keeping.

Records of a Marijuana Establishment must be available for inspection by the Commission, upon request. The records of a Marijuana Establishment shall be maintained in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Written records that are required and are subject to inspection include, but are not necessarily limited to, all records required in any section of 935 CMR 500.000, in addition to the following:

(a) Written operating procedures as required by 935 CMR 500.105(1);

(b) Inventory records as required by 935 CMR 500.105(8);

(c) Seed-to-sale tracking records for all marijuana products as required by 935 CMR 500.105(8)(e);

(d) The following personnel records:

  1. Job descriptions for each employee and volunteer position, as well as organizational charts consistent with the job descriptions;
  2. A personnel record for each marijuana establishment agent. Such records shall be maintained for at least 12 months after termination of the individual’s affiliation with the Marijuana Establishment and shall include, at a minimum, the following:
  3. all materials submitted to the Commission pursuant to 935 CMR 500.030(2);
  4. documentation of verification of references;
  5. the job description or employment contract that includes duties, authority, responsibilities, qualifications, and supervision
  6. documentation of all required training, including training regarding privacy and confidentiality requirements, and the signed statement of the individual indicating the date, time, and place he or she received said training and the topics discussed, including the name and title of presenters;
  7. documentation of periodic performance evaluations;
  8. a record of any disciplinary action taken; and
  9. notice of completed responsible vendor and eight-hour related duty training.
  10. A staffing plan that will demonstrate accessible business hours and safe cultivation conditions;
  11. Personnel policies and procedures; and
  12. All background check reports obtained in accordance with 935 CMR 500.030.

(e) Business records, which shall include manual or computerized records of:

  1. Assets and liabilities;
  2. Monetary transactions;
  3. Books of accounts, which shall include journals, ledgers, and supporting documents, agreements, checks, invoices, and vouchers;
  4. Sales records including the quantity, form, and cost of marijuana products; and
  5. Salary and wages paid to each employee, stipend paid to each board member, and any executive compensation, bonus, benefit, or item of value paid to any individual affiliated with a Marijuana Establishment, including members of the nonprofit corporation, if any.

(f) Waste disposal records as required under 935 CMR 500.105(12); and

(g) Following closure of a Marijuana Establishment, all records must be kept for at least two years at the expense of the Marijuana Establishment and in a form and location acceptable to the Commission.

(10) Liability Insurance Coverage or Maintenance of Escrow.

(a) A Marijuana Establishment shall obtain and maintain general liability insurance  935 CMR: CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION REVISED DRAFT (D935500.wpd) 935 CMR – 146 coverage for no less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 in aggregate, annually, and product liability insurance coverage for no less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 in aggregate, annually, except as provided in 935 CMR 500.105(10)(b) or otherwise approved by the Commission. The deductible for each policy shall be no higher than $5,000 per occurrence.

(b) A Marijuana Establishment that documents an inability to obtain minimum liability insurance coverage as required by 935 CMR 500.105(10)(a) may place in escrow a sum of no less than $250,000 or such other amount approved by the Commission, to be expended for coverage of liabilities.

(c) The escrow account required pursuant to 935 CMR 500.105(10)(b) must be replenished within ten business days of any expenditure.

(d) Reports documenting compliance with 935 CMR 500.105(10) shall be made in a manner and form determined by the Commission pursuant to 935 CMR 500.000.

(13) Transportation Between Marijuana Establishments.

(a) General Requirements.

  1. A licensed Marijuana Establishment shall, as an element of its license, be licensed to transport its marijuana products to other licensed establishments, except as otherwise provided herein.
  2. Marijuana products may only be transported between licensed Marijuana Establishments by registered marijuana establishment agents.
  3. A licensed Marijuana Transporter may contract with a licensed Marijuana Establishment to transport that licensee’s marijuana products to other licensed Marijuana Establishments.
  4. The originating and receiving licensed Marijuana Establishments shall ensure that all transported marijuana products are linked to the seed-to-sale tracking program.

For the purposes of tracking, seeds and clones will be properly tracked and labeled in a form and manner determined by the Commission.

  1. Any marijuana product that is undeliverable or is refused by the destination Marijuana Establishment shall be transported back to the originating establishment.
  2. All vehicles transporting marijuana products shall be staffed with a minimum of two marijuana establishment agents. At least one agent shall remain with the vehicle at all times that the vehicle contains marijuana or marijuana products.
  3. Prior to leaving a Marijuana Establishment for the purpose of transporting marijuana products, the originating Marijuana Establishment must weigh, inventory, and account for, on video, all marijuana products to be transported.
  4. Within eight hours after arrival at the destination Marijuana Establishment, the destination establishment must re-weigh, re-inventory, and account for, on video, all marijuana products transported.
  5. When videotaping the weighing, inventorying, and accounting of marijuana products before transportation or after receipt, the video must show each product being weighed, the weight, and the manifest.
  6. Marijuana products must be packaged in sealed, labeled, and tamper or child resistant packaging prior to and during transportation.
  7. In the case of an emergency stop during the transportation of marijuana products, a log must be maintained describing the reason for the stop, the duration, the location, and any activities of personnel exiting the vehicle.
  8. A Marijuana Establishment or a Marijuana Transporter transporting marijuana products shall ensure that all transportation times and routes are randomized.
  9. A Marijuana Establishment or a Marijuana Transporter transporting marijuana products shall ensure that all transport routes remain within the Commonwealth.
  10. All vehicles and transportation equipment used in the transportation of cannabis products or edibles requiring temperature control for safety must be designed, maintained, and equipped as necessary to provide adequate temperature control to prevent the cannabis products or edibles from becoming unsafe during transportation, consistent with applicable requirements pursuant to 21 CFR 1.908(c).

(b) Reporting Requirements.

  1. Marijuana establishment agents must document and report any unusual discrepancy in weight or inventory to the Commission and law enforcement authorities not more than 24 hours of the discovery of such a discrepancy.
  2. Marijuana establishment agents shall report to the Commission and law enforcement authorities any vehicle accidents, diversions, losses, or other reportable incidents that occur during transport, not more than 24 hours of such accidents, diversions, losses, or other reportable incidents.

(c) Vehicles.

  1. A vehicle used for transporting marijuana products must be:
  2. owned or leased by the Marijuana Establishment or the Marijuana

Transporter;

  1. properly registered, inspected, and insured in the Commonwealth (documentation of such status shall be maintained as records of the Marijuana Establishment or the Marijuana Transporter, and shall be made available to the Commission upon request);
  2. equipped with an alarm system approved by the Commission; and
  3. equipped with functioning heating and air conditioning systems appropriate for maintaining correct temperatures for storage of marijuana products.
  4. Marijuana products must not be visible from outside the vehicle.
  5. Any vehicle used to transport marijuana products shall not bear any markings indicating that the vehicle is being used to transport marijuana products, and any such vehicle shall not indicate the name of the Marijuana Establishment or the Marijuana Transporter.
  6. When transporting marijuana products, no other products may be transported or stored in the same vehicle.
  7. No firearms may be located within the vehicle or on a marijuana establishment agent.

(d) Storage Requirements.

  1. Marijuana products must be transported in a secure, locked storage compartment that is a part of the vehicle transporting the marijuana products.
  2. The storage compartment must be sufficiently secure that it cannot be easily removed.
  3. If a Marijuana Establishment, pursuant to a Marijuana Transporter License, or a Marijuana Transporter is transporting marijuana products for more than one Marijuana Establishment at a time, the marijuana products for each Marijuana Establishment shall be kept in a separate locked storage compartment during transportation and separate manifests shall be maintained for each Marijuana Establishment.
  4. If a Marijuana Establishment is transporting marijuana products to multiple other establishments, it may seek the Commission’s permission to adopt reasonable alternative safeguards.

(e) Communications.

  1. Any vehicle used to transport marijuana products shall contain a global positioning system (GPS) monitoring device that is:

(a) not a mobile device that is easily removable;

(b) attached to the vehicle at all times that the vehicle contains marijuana products;

(c) monitored by the Marijuana Establishment or Marijuana Transporter during transport of marijuana products; and

(d) inspected by the Commission prior to initial transportation of marijuana products, and after any alteration to the locked storage compartment.

  1. Each marijuana establishment agent transporting marijuana products shall have access to a secure form of communication with personnel at the originating location at all times that the vehicle contains marijuana and marijuana products.
  2. Secure types of communication include, but are not limited to:
  3. two-way digital or analog radio (UHF or VHF);
  4. cellular phone; or
  5. satellite phone.
  6. When choosing a type of secure communications, the following shall be taken into consideration:
  7. cellular signal coverage;
  8. transportation area;
  9. base capabilities;
  10. antenna coverage; and
  11. frequency of transportation.
  12. Prior to, and immediately after leaving the originating location, the marijuana establishment agents shall use the secure form of communication to contact the originating location to test communications and GPS operability.
  13. If communications or the GPS system fail while on route, the marijuana establishment agents transporting marijuana products must return to the originating location until the communication system or GPS system is operational.
  14. The marijuana establishment agents transporting marijuana products shall contact the originating location when stopping at and leaving any scheduled location, and regularly throughout the trip, at least every 30 minutes.
  15. The originating location must have a marijuana establishment agent assigned to monitoring the GPS unit and secure form of communication, who must log all official communications with marijuana establishment agents transporting marijuana products.

(f) Manifests.

  1. A manifest shall be filled out in triplicate, with the original manifest remaining with the originating Marijuana Establishment, a second copy provide to the destination Marijuana Establishment upon arrival, and a copy to be kept with the licensed marijuana establishment agent during transportation and returned to the Marijuana Establishment or Marijuana Transporter upon completion of the transportation.
  2. Prior to transport, the manifest shall be securely transmitted to the destination Marijuana Establishment by facsimile or email.
  3. Upon arrival at the destination Marijuana Establishment, a marijuana establishment agent at the destination Marijuana Establishment shall compare the manifest produced by the agents who transported the marijuana products to the copy transmitted by facsimile or email. This manifest must, at a minimum, include;
  4. the originating Marijuana Establishment name, address, and registration number;
  5. the names and registration numbers of the agents who transported the marijuana products;
  6. the name and registration number of the marijuana establishment agent who prepared the manifest;
  7. the destination Marijuana Establishment name, address, and registration number;
  8. a description of the marijuana products being transported, including the weight and form or type of product;
  9. the mileage of the transporting vehicle at departure from originating Marijuana

Establishment and mileage upon arrival at destination Marijuana Establishment, as well as mileage upon return to originating Marijuana Establishment;

  1. the date and time of departure from originating Marijuana Establishment and arrival at destination Marijuana Establishment for each transportation;
  2. a signature line for the marijuana establishment agent who receives the marijuana products;
  3. the weight and inventory before departure and upon receipt;
  4. the date and time that the transported products were re-weighed and reinventoried;
  5. the name of the marijuana establishment agent at the destination Marijuana

Establishment who re-weighed and re-inventoried products; and

  1. the vehicle make, model, and license plate number.
  2. The manifest shall be maintained within the vehicle during the entire transportation process, until the delivery is completed.
  3. A Marijuana Establishment shall retain all transportation manifests for no less than one year and make them available to the Commission upon request.

(g) Requirements for Agents.

  1. Each employee or agent transporting or otherwise handling marijuana products

for a Marijuana Transporter must be registered as a marijuana establishment agent and have a driver’s license in good standing issued by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles for all classes of vehicle the marijuana establishment agent will operate for the Marijuana Transporter prior to transporting or otherwise handling marijuana products.

  1. A marijuana establishment agent shall carry his or her registration card at all times when transporting marijuana products, and shall produce his or her registration card to the Commission or law enforcement officials upon request.

(h) Marijuana Transporters shall use best management practices to reduce energy and water usage, engage in energy conservation and mitigate other environmental impacts

Recording Sales.

(a) A Marijuana Retailer shall only utilize a point-of-sale (POS) system approved by the Commission, in consultation with the DOR.

(b) A retailer may utilize a sales recording module approved by the DOR.

(c) A retailer is prohibited from utilizing software or other methods to manipulate or alter sales data.

(d) A retailer shall conduct a monthly analysis of its equipment and sales data to determine that no software has been installed that could be utilized to manipulate or alter sales data and that no other methodology has been employed to manipulate or alter sales data. A Marijuana Retailer shall maintain records that it has performed the monthly analysis and produce it upon request to the Commission. If a retailer determines that software has been installed for the purpose of manipulation or alteration of sales data or other methods have been utilized to manipulate or alter sales data:

  1. it shall immediately disclose the information to the Commission;
  2. it shall cooperate with the Commission in any investigation regarding manipulation or alteration of sales data; and
  3. take such other action directed by the Commission to comply with 935 CMR 500.105.

(e) A retailer shall comply with 830 CMR 62C.25.1: Record Retention and DOR Directive 16-1 regarding recordkeeping requirements.

(f) A retailer shall adopt separate accounting practices at the point-of-sale for marijuana and marijuana product sales, and non-marijuana sales.

(g) The Commission and the DOR may audit and examine the point-of-sale system used by a retailer in order to ensure compliance with Massachusetts tax laws and 935 CMR 500.000;

(h) A retailer that is colocated with a medical marijuana treatment center shall maintain and provide to the Commission on a biannual basis accurate sales data collected by the licensee during the six months immediately preceding this application for the purpose of ensuring an adequate supply of marijuana and marijuana products under 935 CMR 500.140(10)

Additional Labeling and Packaging Requirements for Edible marijuana products.

(a) In addition to the requirements set forth in M.G.L. c. 94G, § 4(a½)(xxvi) and 935

CMR 500.105(5) and (6), every Marijuana Retailer must ensure that the following information or statement is affixed to every container holding an edible marijuana product:

  1. If the retail edible marijuana product is perishable, a statement that the edible marijuana product must be refrigerated.
  2. The date on which the edible marijuana product was produced.
  3. A nutritional fact panel that must be based on the number of THC servings within the container.
  4. Information regarding the size of each serving for the product by milligrams, the total number of servings of marijuana in the product, and the total amount of active THC in the product by milligrams (mgs). For example: “The serving size of active THC in this product is X mg(s), this product contains X servings of marijuana, and the total amount of active THC in this product is X mg(s).”
  5. A warning that the impairment effects of edible marijuana may be delayed by two hours or more.

(b) Once a label with a use-by date has been affixed to a container holding an edible marijuana product, a licensee shall not alter that date or affix a new label with a later useby date.

(c) A Marijuana Product Manufacturer must ensure that each single serving of an edible marijuana product is physically demarked in a way that enables a reasonable person to intuitively determine how much of the product constitutes a single serving of active THC.

(d) Each serving of an edible marijuana product within a multi-serving package of edible marijuana products must be easily separable in order to allow an average person 21 years of age or older to physically separate, with minimal effort, individual servings of the product.

(e) Each single serving of an edible marijuana product contained in a packaged unit of multiple edible marijuana product shall be marked, stamped, or otherwise imprinted with a symbol or easily recognizable mark issued by the Commission that indicates the package contains marijuana product.

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