It’s always something with recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. First, its government broke ranks with every other weed-legal state by designating adult-use cannabis as a “non-essential” business during COVID-19 lockdown, forcing pot shops to close. Then it said, “OK, sure you can open,” but for the most part only allowing curbside pickup. And now it’s saying that adults can’t bring their underage kids along with them to make the pickup.
The state’s Cannabis Control Commission recently announced that children and adults under 21 cannot so much as be present during a curbside cannabis sale.
Massachusetts also recently allowed curbside sales of alcohol, but in contrast boozers can bring as many kids with them as they like to the liquor store.
Britte McBride, one of the agency’s four commissioners, argued that state law bars persons under 21 from the premises, and that during a curbside sale, the car basically is the premises, and therefore it’s no good.
“It states really explicitly in the statute what our obligation is. For me that’s the beginning and the end,” McBride said, as reported by the Boston Globe.
Shaleen Title, the only dissenting opinion among the agency’s commissioners, argued during a recent commission meeting that the policy is unfair to single parents unable to easily leave their children with someone else. She proposed making an exception to allow for kids under 12 to sit in the backseat while their moms and dads pick up their stash.
“We need to think about how our decisions are affecting people, now that their lives have changed dramatically,” Title said. “Parents who don’t necessarily have child care, or a partner … or a live-in nanny, or whatever your situation is: I think you should have the right to access cannabis just like anyone else.”Photo via Flickr/Noe Alfaro