Cannabis cafes where consumers could enjoy marijuana together may be coming to a small number of Massachusetts cities and towns chosen to participate in a Cannabis Control Commission pilot program, marijuana regulators said Tuesday — though they cautioned that such businesses are unlikely to open for months or even years.
Commissioners said they would partner with a handful of municipalities that want to host “social consumption” businesses. The commission and local officials would work together to craft rulesm then study the impact of the businesses before allowing more to open across the state.
“There’s a lot of energy to try to figure it out and see if we can make it work,” said the commission’s chairman, Steve Hoffman. “Personally, I’d like to see it happen, because I do think it’s a social justice issue . . . with respect to being able to consume someplace safe if you can’t do so at your house.”