A Request for Public Comment: Potential Impacts of the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

The Commission requests comments from interested members of the public and its gaming licensees on the possible impact to gaming licensees and casino patrons of the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in the Commonwealth. While the referendum prohibited the use of recreational marijuana in public places and all gaming establishments are non-smoking by statute, the Commission is interested in any potential impact regarding employees in the workplace, use of recreational marijuana in non-public areas, and any impacts arising from patrons or employees bringing edible products containing marijuana into the gaming establishment, in particular, into hotel, retail or other non-gaming areas.  And please feel free to offer the Commission any other observations you may have.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘legalization of recreational marijuana’ in the subject line or send by mail to the Commission’s office at 101 Federal Street, Boston, MA.  The Commission will accept comments until the close of business on January 2, 2017.

UPDATE: A Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments regarding licensing and registration

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the updated draft regulation amendments below.

205 CMR 134.00 Licensing and Registration of Employees, Vendors, Junket Enterprises and Representatives, and Labor Organizations. These amendments include a set of proposed regulation updates to 205 CMR 134 resulting from a review of the past 18 months of MGC licensing operations to identify areas for process improvement and to gain efficiencies.  The amendments set new requirements to initiate a vendor registration, create an administrative closure process, modify secondary vendor determinations and scoping, create a de minimus exemption for vendor registration, provide greater discretion to the Division of Licensing to modify application forms, change the approval process for Gaming Vendors-Primary and Key Gaming Executives, provide the ability for an applicant to prove rehabilitation before a denial is issued, modify the process by which Labor Organizations submit information to the Commission, and incorporate direct reference to the current hearing regulations contained in 205 CMR 101.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘licensing and registration regulation comment’ in the subject line by 4:00pm on December 1, 2016. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter. The public hearing will be held on November 30, 2016 at 11:00am.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

  • UPDATE: 205 CMR 134.00 DRAFT AMENDMENTS: Licensing and Registration of Employees, Vendors, Junket Enterprises and Representatives, and Labor Organizations

A Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to Race Horse Development Fund

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the draft regulations below pertaining to the Race Horse Development Fund. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft racing regulation comment’ in the subject line. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter.  The public hearing has been not yet been scheduled.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

A Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to Horse Racing and Harness Horse Racing

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the below draft regulations pertaining to Horse Racing and Harness Horse Racing. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft racing regulation comment’ in the subject line. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter.  The public hearing has been not yet been scheduled.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Requests

See archived requests for public comment here.

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