Applications coming in for Massachusetts recreational cannabis licenses

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Massachusetts regulators have received 19 applications for recreational marijuana licenses and more than 150 are in the submission process.

The Worcester Business Journal reported that the Cannabis Control Commission has less than 40 days to issue its first adult-use cannabis permit.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • According to the director of the commission, 19 of the 55 businesses approved for priority review have filed at least part of the application.
  • But the commission has yet to receive completed applications or payment from all the applicants.
  • The businesses fast-tracked to apply are submitting ahead of May 1, when the commission will start taking applications for license types that include microbusinesses, growers, craft cannabis cooperatives, transporters and testing labs.
  • Retailers and product manufacturers can begin applying for licenses June 1.
  • The first licenses cannot be issued until June 1, with sales to begin on July 1.
  • The commission on Tuesday also approved for priority review 31 marijuana retailers and 16 applicants who qualified for the commission’s economic empowerment program. As of Tuesday, 62% of the 812 applications approved for priority review had been reviewed.