935 CMR 501.350 - Cease and Desist Order and Summary Suspension Order

(1) Pursuant to its authority under M.G.L. c. 94I, and M.G.L. c. 94G, §§ 4(a) and 4(a½), a Cease and Desist or a Summary Suspension Order may be imposed by the Commission or a Commission Delegee prior to a hearing to protect the public health, safety, or welfare.
(2) If based on inspection(s), affidavit(s) or other credible evidence, the Commission or a Commission Delegee determines that a Licensee or Registrant, or the Marijuana, Marijuana Products, MIPs cultivated, produced, or sold by a Licensee or Registrant, pose an immediate or serious threat to the public health, safety, or welfare, the Commission or a Commission Delegee may:
(a) Issue a Cease and Desist Order that requires cessation of any or all operations including, but not limited to, the cultivation, product manufacturing, Transfer, sale, delivery or transportation of Marijuana, Marijuana Products, or MIPs; or
(b) Issue a Summary Suspension Order that requires the immediate suspension of a License and its associated registrations and cessation of all operations.
(3) Notice of Violations.
(a) For a Cease and Desist or Summary Suspension Order issued under 935 CMR 501.350(2), the Commission or a Commission Delegee shall send written notice of the action taken against a Licensee or Registrant and the basis(es) for that action, which shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:
1. The Commission's statutory and regulatory authority, including its jurisdiction over the subject matter and its authority to take action with regards to the License or registration;
2. The factual basis(es) of the action;
3. The immediate threat to the public health, safety, and welfare;
4. The alleged violation(s) of law, including the alleged noncompliance with law, regulation, guideline or other applicable requirement;
5. The current restriction(s), if any, on the Licensee's or Registrant's operations;
6. Requirements for the continued maintenance and security of any Marijuana and Marijuana Products;
7. The potential for further disciplinary action(s), sanction(s) or fine(s); and
8. The Licensee's right to a hearing, if any.
(b) The Commission or a Commission Delegee may modify, amend or rescind the order at any time after its issuance on condition(s) just to all the parties.
(4) On receipt of the order issued under 935 CMR 501.350(2), the Licensee and its associated agents will immediately comply with the requirements of the order and, if requested, post notice at public entrances to the MTC or Independent Testing Lab or other notice in a form and manner determined by the Commission or a Commission Delegee.
(5) Hearings. Pursuant to its authority under M.G.L. c. 94I, § 7, M.G.L. c. 94G, § 4(a)(xxiv) and (g), the Commission has the authority to administer the administrative hearing process and to delegate to a Hearing Officer the authority to conduct an administrative hearing.
(a) Hearing Request. On written request filed with the Commission, a Licensee shall be afforded a hearing on an order issued under 935 CMR 501.350(2). The hearing request shall be submitted in a form and a manner determined by the Commission or a Commission Delegee including, but not limited to, the request shall be made no later than 21 calendar days after the effective date of the order. A request for a hearing is filed on the date the request is received by the Commission.
1. A timely request for a hearing shall specifically identify each issue and fact in dispute and state the position of the Licensee or Registrant, the pertinent facts to be adduced at the hearing, and the reasons supporting that position.
2. The failure to timely file a request for a hearing or to state the basis of the hearing request will result in dismissal of the challenge to the findings set forth in the Notice of Violations.
(b) Hearing Notice. If a hearing is requested in a timely manner under 935 CMR 501.350(5)(a), the Hearing Officer shall provide notice and a hearing promptly after that request, or as soon as is practicable, or at a time mutually agreed by the parties.
(c) Conduct of the Hearing.
1. The hearing shall be conducted pursuant to Standard Adjudicatory Rules of Practice and Procedure, which includes 801 CMR 1.01: Formal Rules, 801 CMR 1.02: Informal/Fair Hearing Rules, and 801 CMR 1.03: Miscellaneous Provisions Applicable to All Adjudicatory Proceedings.
2. The scope of the hearing shall be limited to whether there existed prior to, or at the time of the order(s) issued pursuant to 935 CMR 501.350(2), or an amended or a modified order, an immediate or serious threat to the public health, safety, or welfare.
3. If the Commission proves by a preponderance of the evidence that there existed an immediate or serious threat to the public health, safety, or welfare, the Hearing Officer shall affirm the order.
4. The Hearing Officer shall electronically mail a copy of the recommended decision to each Licensee or Registrant and their attorney(s) of record, and mail a copy on written request.
(6) The requirements of the order issued under 935 CMR 501.350(2) shall remain in effect until one of the following events has occurred:
(a) The Commission modifies, amends or rescinds the order;
(b) There is a Final Decision on the merits of a Commission order, including judicial review of the order, unless the order is vacated or modified by a court of competent jurisdiction or rescinded by the Commission;
(c) There is a Final Decision on the merits of a subsequently issued Order to Show Cause under 935 CMR 501.370, including judicial review of the order, unless the order is vacated or modified by a court of competent jurisdiction or rescinded by the Commission; or
(d) Until such time as is otherwise established under the procedures set forth in 935 CMR 501.500.

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935 CMR 501.350
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 1441, eff. 1/8/2021. Amended by Mass Register Issue 1507, eff. 10/27/2023.

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