Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts Dispensary Sues for Right to Transport Cannabis to Island by Boat

A Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts cannabis dispensary is suing the state Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) over rules prohibiting the transport of cannabis products by boat across the Vineyard Sound to the island, the Vineyard Gazette reports. The lawsuit, filed by Island Time owner Geoff Rose, argues that the ban on transporting cannabis from the mainland to the island is arbitrary and puts an undue burden on dispensaries on the island who must rely on cannabis grown only on the island. 

State officials say the ban is necessary due to federal law and state regulations that prohibit the transporting of cannabis across the water and airspace between mainland Massachusetts and Martha’s Vineyard, the report says. Rose, in an interview with the Gazette, pushed back on those claims, saying the Vineyard Sound operates under state jurisdiction.

“For more than 11 years, my efforts have centered on providing safe and responsible cannabis to local residents and visitors alike. I’m hoping that the court will mandate the commission take immediate action to allow us to transport the product from the mainland.” — Rose to the Gazette

The lawsuit comes after the island’s only commercial cannabis facility, Fine Fettle, announced

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