BOSTON (SHNS) – Consumer privacy and public safety concerns collided Wednesday as a proposal to require that marijuana delivery drivers wear body cameras and record each delivery on video emerged as a flashpoint in the Cannabis Control Commission’s process of rewriting its industry rules.
For months, the CCC has been crafting new draft regulations for the medical marijuana world as well as the adult-use or recreational industry to tweak some things and, in some cases, expand what marijuana businesses are allowed to do.
Among the new allowances would be the ability for
non-medical marijuana users to order the drug to be delivered to their home in
largely the same way medical patients can already have the product delivered.
The CCC’s draft regulations would require
delivery drivers to wear a body camera any time they are outside their delivery
vehicle — which is also required to have cameras — and to record all
transactions. The video of those transactions would be stored for at least 90
days and must be made available to the CCC or law enforcement if requested.
“The mission statement of the Cannabis
Control Commission begins with the phrase, ‘the mission of the Cannabis Control
Commission is to honor the will of the voters of Massachusetts.’ I fear that
the commission has strayed from this goal by proposing the use of body cameras
to record every home delivery,” Will Luzier, the campaign manager for the
2016 legalization ballot initiative, said.
Luzier said the 2016 ballot question, which was
approved with about 52 percent of voters in support, included a line that said
regulations for marijuana “shall not require a customer to provide a
marijuana retailer with identifying information other than identification to
determine the customer’s age and shall not require a marijuana retailer to
acquire or record personal information about customers other than information
typically required in a retail transaction.”
Though the Legislature rewrote the state’s
marijuana laws before legal retail sales began, Luzier said it is clear to him
that the will of the voters was to “protect the privacy of cannabis
“The intrusion precipitated by a video
recording of a person in their residence is a gross violation of their
privacy,” he said. “It is only one step away from surveillance
through devices known as telescreens — in other words two-way televisions —
that George Orwell envisioned in his…