CCC approves final license for Northampton facility to sell recreational marijuana

Hampshire County

In a 4-0 vote with one abstaining, the Cannabis Control Commission on Wednesday approved two retail marijuana licenses, one of them for a dispensary in western Massachusetts.  

The CCC approved New England Treatment Access’ final license for their Northampton dispensary. The CCC addressed the next steps for recreational marijuana facilities. 

The store could be the first recreational pot shop to open in Massachusetts, under a few conditions. 

“I think it’s also important that we have educational materials for consumers in Massachusetts, and we would like to have these as part of the investigation going forward,” said Jennifer Flanagan of the CCC.

The commission request information educational materials that consumers would have access to. 

The commission also asked about employee training and how each location would deal with long wait lines and security details in the first few days of opening. 

Licensing professional assured the commission that the chief of police in Northampton is prepared to deploy enough officers to deal with any traffic or security issues. 

Before they can open their doors, the CCC needs to inspect a licensed recreational shop one last time to make sure they’re in compliance with all regulations.

Commissioners did not provide dates for the inspections of the two approved facilities, but if they pass, they will be cleared to open for business. 

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