A Massachusetts cannabis dispensary business group representing dozens of cannabis companies — many with operations in Central Massachusetts — mentioned the authorized market is getting lumped in with the illicit market, which it says is the primary wrongdoer in vaping-related sicknesses. 

The Commonwealth Dispensary Affiliation, which represents Worcester-based Good Chemistry, Milford-based Sira Naturals, Leicester-based Domesticate, Franklin-based New England Remedy Entry, Fitchburg-based Backyard Cures and a number of other others, issued the assertion Thursday in response to Gov. Charlie Baker’s four-month ban on vaping product gross sales. 

Baker’s ban got here after mounting numbers of vape customers of each tobacco and cannabis merchandise have fallen unwell as a consequence of what well being officers imagine are dangerous components within the product. 

The regulated business was created to assist shoppers and sufferers with protected, examined and taxed merchandise, the affiliation mentioned. Regulation is even embraced as a result of it helps distinguish between authorized, examined merchandise from these on the black market. 

This transfer, nevertheless, conflates the authorized market with the black market, the affiliation mentioned. 

“Retaining unregulated, untested merchandise out of the arms of our youth ought to stay our collective focus,” the affiliation mentioned. “We’re involved that the authorized cannabis business has been conflated with these irresponsible actors.”

Along with the 30 member corporations, the assertion was signed by 18 business professionals and advocates, together with Uxbridge-based Caroline’s Hashish CEO Caroline Frankel and a bunch of business regulation companies, together with Smith, Costello & Crawford, Burns & Levinson and Vicente Sederberg. 

The affiliation confused the significance of taking steps to make sure shoppers don’t flip to the black market, but additionally praised Baker for his decisive motion that would lead the nation’s public well being insurance policies surrounding cannabis

“To this finish, we stay up for working hand-in-hand with the administration to advance insurance policies that accomplish these shared objectives,” the affiliation mentioned. 

On Thursday, Baker reiterated his determination, telling reporters he had no regrets in regards to the transfer. 

“As soon as we had met with all of the medical consultants, to do nothing was simply not a viable choice,” Baker mentioned. 
 

Data from State Home Information Service was used on this report.