Massachusetts Lawmakers Will Debate Bill To Provide Marijuana Businesses With Coronavirus Relief This Week

Massachusetts Lawmakers Will Debate Bill To Provide Marijuana Businesses With Coronavirus Relief This Week

Massachusetts lawmakers will hold a virtual hearing on Tuesday to discuss a proposal to establish a state-level coronavirus relief program that would extend benefits to the marijuana industry and other businesses that are currently excluded from receiving federal-level COVID-19 funds. The Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses won’t meet in person due to the pandemic, but they will hold a Zoom hearing to debate the bill, which was filed by Chairwoman Diana DiZoglio (D) last month. The emergency legislation calls for the creation of “a Massachusetts Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for businesses ineligible for the comparable federal PPP.” S. 2564, An Act to support MassMakershttps://t.co/LzjUj484sI   S. 2643, An Act establishing a Massachusetts Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for businesses ineligible for the comparable federal PPPhttps://t.co/RauYvwXioY ….(2/3) — Diana DiZoglio (@DianaDiZoglio) May 4, 2020 A preamble to the bill states that “it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public safety, health and convenience.” Fifteen lawmakers have signed on to cosponsor the proposal so far. This proposal could prove especially beneficial to Massachusetts’s cannabis market during the health crisis, as Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has deemed only medical cannabis dispensaries “essential” and able to operate while temporarily shuttering recreational shops. A public agency would be tasked with developing regulations for the service within 30 days of the bill’s enactment. Cannabis businesses aren’t explicitly mentioned in the text of the legislation, but they are a standout example of an industry that is specifically excluded…

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