Martha’s Vineyard News | Vineyard Dispensary Sues Over Marijuana Transportation Rules – The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News

A Martha’s Vineyard marijuana dispensary worried about permanent closure is suing the state and calling for regulators to allow cannabis products be delivered across Vineyard Sound to the Island. 

Island Time, the Vineyard Haven dispensary owned by Geoff Rose, filed a lawsuit in Suffolk County Superior Court Tuesday alleging the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission’s ban on transporting marijuana from the mainland to the Island is arbitrary and puts an undue burden on Island-based dispensaries.

State officials have maintained that dispensaries on the Vineyard are required to sell marijuana that is grown on the Island because state and federal regulations disallow transportation of cannabis across the water and airspace between here and the mainland. 

Mr. Rose’s claim pushes back on that assertion, arguing Vineyard Sound still falls under the state’s jurisdiction and the state does allow other retailers to buy products from other growers to be sold. 

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

The lawsuit comes after

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