Massachusetts marijuana regulators approve more recreational retail licenses

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The first day of adult-use cannabis sales in Massachusetts reportedly went smoothly Tuesday, and regulators continued to approve final retail licenses in an attempt to keep the industry in the state moving forward.

Steven Hoffman, chairman of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission, told The Boston Globe he expects more retail, cultivation and manufacturing licenses to be approved on a rolling basis.

He also said the two dispensaries that were approved to sell recreational marijuana Tuesday – Cultivate in Leicester and New England Treatment Access (NETA) in Northampton – did not report any first-day hitches to the commission.

The state has issued three more final retail licenses, the newspaper reported:

  • Alternative Therapies Group in Salem
  • INSA in Easthampton
  • Pharmacannis Massachusetts in Wareham

Now, those businesses must wait for the commission’s “commence operations” notice, which requires a three-day delay before the companies can open.

“We have now three final retail licenses that have been issued on top of the two that opened (Tuesday),” Hoffman told the Globe. “They’ve got to get their inventory into Metrc (the state’s seed-to-sale tracking system), and they’ve got to let us come out and do a physical inventory inspection.

“Those three stores will be open as quickly as that happens. That’s at the control of the licensees.”

Massachusetts voters legalized recreational marijuana in November 2016.

However, it has taken regulators two years to launch the program, including a delay of the July 1 target date for retail sales to begin.