Regulator: Massachusetts to begin recreational cannabis sales within two weeks

A top marijuana regulator in Massachusetts said adult-use sales are expected to begin within two weeks – four months after the targeted July 1 launch of the state’s recreational cannabis market.

According to the Boston Business Journal, Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steve Hoffman said the state is in the process of giving the final OK to a testing laboratory and is working closely with two licensed retailers to prepare for final inspections.

“We’re getting very close,” Hoffman told the publication. “The labs have to be in business so the retailers can be in business. It will happen very quickly.”

The two stores furthest along in the process are Cultivate in the town of Leicester and New England Treatment Access in Northampton. Both were awarded final licenses but must pass final inspections.

Also Thursday, the Cannabis Control Commission awarded a final retail store license to Pharmacannis Massachusetts of Wareham.

Massachusetts voters legalized recreational marijuana in November 2016, but it has taken two years to launch the rec MJ program.

Marijuana Business Factbook 2018 projected that adult-use sales in Massachusetts could reach $150 million-$250 million this year based on a July 1 start, but the figures will be likely be lower because of the delayed launch.

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7 comments on “Regulator: Massachusetts to begin recreational cannabis sales within two weeks
  1. Nick Cutter on

    Hoffman seems to have stalled & delayed the process at every turn so far. Please remember that he was opposed to legalization, & was appointed by Deb Goldberg; also opposed to legalization.
    Please remember this as you head to the polls to elect a Treasurer Tuesday, November 6th.

  2. DJF on

    Hoffman and his cronies (minus Ms. Title, she is actually the only voice of reason they have) are a failure of massive proportion. “We want to do this the right way” is the only thing we hear from them about anything to do with the status of the rec program. I predict massive supply shortages, general confusion, and high prices for the foreseeable future. With ALL the information out there from states who have legalized, taxed, and regulated they are still making huge mistakes. Fire them all, keep Ms. Title, start over.

  3. Craig on

    There should be an electronic billboard keeping track of the salaries of these do nothing commissioners… They are all getting paid very well for doing almost nothing. Where’s the outcry?

    • Mark Henry on

      They are the symbol of bad governance. I’m okay with gov’t regulating as a check & oversight but the CCC is a DISGRACE. They’re very disingenuous. They’re not serving the people only their agenda. Very disappointing.

  4. Gerry on

    They just think that the public is blind to their stall tactics. Like when they would have wanted medical pot re-tested and that was yet another stall for time but the people have spoken and if they won’t carry this out, find ones who will do so in orderly and timely fashion !!!

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