Marijuana business owners sue state commission – Martha’s Vineyard Times

Vineyard marijuana entrepreneur Geoff Rose has filed a joint lawsuit with a Nantucket-based dispensary against the state Cannabis Control Commission in hopes it will permit the legal transport of marijuana to the islands for commercial sales. 

The lawsuit filed with the Suffolk County Superior Court on Tuesday wants the state to allow dispensaries to ship marijuana to the Islands by boat and not punish them for doing so. The plaintiffs are seeking an expedited hearing.  

“We’re at a critical juncture,” Rose said, who owns the cannabis store Island Time in Vineyard Haven. He jointly filed the suit with The Green Lady Dispensary on Nantucket. 

He said his business, as well as supplies for 234 medical marijuan users in Dukes County, are at stake unless a solution is found. 

Commissioners discussed this month whether to enact an emergency order to permit shipping marijuana on state-controlled waterways, where it is currently restricted. Marijuana is a controlled substance under federal law, and it is illegal to transport it across federal waters, such as Vineyard Sound. 

Fine Fettle in West Tisbury is the Island’s only legal marijuana grower but it plans to shut its doors by September, cutting off the local source. It has already

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