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Marijuana plants in the "Flowering Room" at the Canopy Growth Corporation in Smiths Falls, Ontario. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Marijuana plants in the "Flowering Room" at the Canopy Growth Corporation in Smiths Falls, Ontario. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Could cannabis cafes be coming to a corner near you?

Last month, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission approved a pilot program for twelve communities to open "social consumption sites." But, before anything can move forward, the state legislature needs to intervene, and tweak a law that affects how local communities would decide to participate.

In the meantime, we dig into what we mean by social consumption sites and what stands in the way of them opening across the state.

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Alisa Brewer, an Amherst Town Councilor and was a part of the Cannabis Control Commission's Municipal Working Group on Social Consumption.

Karima Rizk, who attempted to open a social consumption site in Mass. She is the General Manager of Holyoake Cannibas, a prospective recreational marijuana retailer.

John Carmichael, chief of police in the town of Walpole. He's was formerly on the state's Special Commission on Operating Under the Influence and Impaired Driving. He tweets @walpolechief.

This segment aired on October 15, 2019.

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