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Pot Cafe Pilot Program Gets Green Light

Brooks Sutherland Boston HeraldMay 17, 2019

Pot cafes have moved closer to sprouting up all around Massachusetts with the cannabis commission’s narrow approval of the controversial concept.

The board voted 3-2 Thursday to allow a social consumption pilot program for a dozen such cafes, despite lingering concerns about stoned driving from police chiefs and legislators.

“Until we have mechanisms in place to detect individuals driving while inhibited by marijuana, this is dangerous,” Chelsea police Chief Brian Kyes told the Herald. “We’re definitely concerned.”

Pot panel members said the cafes will initially be limited to economic empowerment businesses — low-income areas targeted to boost opportunity — along with micro businesses and co-ops.

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