935 CMR 501.321 - Administrative Hold

(1) Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 94I and M.G.L. c. 94G, ยง 4(a)(xix), the Commission or a Commission Delegee may order an Administrative Hold of Marijuana, Marijuana Products or MIPs to examine and inspect an MTC to ensure compliance with the provisions of 935 CMR 501.000, prevent the destruction of evidence, prevent the diversion of Marijuana or Marijuana Products, or as otherwise necessary to protect the public health, safety, or welfare.
(2) An MTC subject to an Administrative Hold shall retain its inventory pending further investigation by the Commission or a Commission Delegee pursuant to the following procedure:
(a) If during an investigation or inspection of an MTC, the Commission has reasonable cause to believe certain Marijuana or Marijuana Products are noncompliant under 935 CMR 501.000, or otherwise constitutes a threat to the public health, safety or welfare, the Commission may issue a notice to administratively hold any Marijuana or Marijuana Product. The notice shall identify the Marijuana or Marijuana Product subject to the Administrative Hold and a concise statement stating the reasons relied on in the issuance of the Administrative Hold.
(b) Following the issuance of a notice of Administrative Hold, the Commission will identify and mark the Marijuana or Marijuana Product subject to the Administrative Hold in the Commission's Seed-to-sale SOR. The MTC shall continue to comply with all inventory requirements including, but not limited to, 935 CMR 501.105(8).
(c) The MTC shall completely and physically segregate the Marijuana or Marijuana Product subject to the Administrative Hold in a Limited Access Area, where it shall be safeguarded by the MTC.
(d) While the Administrative Hold is in effect, the MTC shall be prohibited from selling, transporting or otherwise Transferring or destroying the Marijuana or Marijuana Product subject to the Administrative Hold, except as otherwise authorized by the Commission.
(e) While the Administrative Hold is in effect, the MTC shall safeguard the Marijuana or Marijuana Product subject to the Administrative Hold and shall fully comply with all security requirements including, but not limited to, 935 CMR 501.110.
(f) An Administrative Hold shall not prevent an MTC from the continued possession, cultivation or harvesting of the Marijuana or Marijuana Product subject to the Administrative Hold, unless otherwise provided by an order of the Commission. All Marijuana or Marijuana Products subject to an Administrative Hold shall be put into separately tracked Production Batches.
(g) An Administrative Hold shall not prevent an MTC from voluntarily surrendering Marijuana or Marijuana Products subject to an Administrative Hold, except that the MTC shall comply with the waste disposal requirements in 935 CMR 501.105(12).
(h) At any time after the initiation of the Administrative Hold, the Commission or a Commission Delegee may modify, amend or rescind the Administrative Hold.
(i) The failure to cooperate with provisions of 935 CMR 501.321 may result in administrative or disciplinary action against the Licensee.

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935 CMR 501.321
Adopted by Mass Register Issue 1403, eff. 11/1/2019. Amended by Mass Register Issue 1406, eff. 11/1/2019. Amended by Mass Register Issue 1434, eff. 1/8/2021. Amended by Mass Register Issue 1507, eff. 10/27/2023.

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