Judge Upholds Closure of Massachusetts Adult-Use Cannabis Shops • High Times

  • A Massachusetts judge has upheld Gov. Charlie Baker’s order to close recreational cannabis retailers during the coronavirus pandemic, ruling against adult-use dispensary owners who challenged the closures in court.
  • Salinger ruled that Baker had acted within his authority when he ordered recreational cannabis shops to close along with other nonessential businesses to help contain the spread of the virus.
  • The governor said he feared that the state would be inundated by customers from nearby states without legal recreational pot if they were allowed to remain open.
  • The governor’s decision to treat medical marijuana facilities and liquor stores differently than adult-use marijuana establishments has a rational basis and therefore is constitutional.

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