The Cannabis Control Commission issued three provisional licenses for recreational marijuana facilities this week, including INSA in Easthampton.
INSA operates medical marijuana dispensaries in Easthampton and Springfield.
The company has a host community agreement with Easthampton to open a recreational facility at the same Pleasant Street location as their medical dispensary, pending approval from state regulators.
Commercial marijuana sales have been on hold because there are no labs licensed to test recreational marijuana products.
“It has to be a lab that is also licensed under recreational use, and currently all of the labs are only licensed under medical use,” said Mark Zatyrka, INSA CEO. “That’s been one barrier to get dispensaries up and running. SO one these third-party labs get their licenses for recreational use we’ll be able to start submitting product to be tested.”
The Cannabis Control Commission meets again August 23, and Executive Director Shawn Collins said he was “relatively confident” they would be ready to vote on licensing a lab by that time.