MA Dispensary Trade Group Drops Lawsuit Against State After Backlash

Key companies quit association after advocates threaten boycott

The largest marijuana business association in Massachusetts said Sunday it will drop a lawsuit it filed against the state less than two weeks ago after more than a dozen key members of the group quit or renounced the litigation in the face of a fierce backlash from advocates.

The Commonwealth Dispensary Association, which represents dozens of established brick-and-mortar marijuana companies, sued the state Cannabis Control Commission earlier this month to overturn recently implemented regulations that create a new, competing class of online pot delivery retailers — and that reserve the licenses exclusively for disenfranchised entrepreneurs for three years.

Marijuana activists and customers quickly responded with threats of an organized boycott, saying the legal challenge was protectionist and struck at a program meant to benefit Black and brown communities disproportionately targeted by police for marijuana arrests.

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