The state has missed their target date to sell legal recreational marijuana by 6 weeks, but we’re one step closer to seeing retail pot shops in our area.
Several retail stores in Massachusetts were issued a provisional license by the Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday, including INSA in Easthampton. INSA already operates a licensed medical marijuana dispensary, with locations in Easthampton and Springfield.
The company signed a host community agreement to open a recreational facility in Easthampton back in April.
Licensed recreational marijuana shops still cannot open immediately, however, because the state has to approve independent labs to test products for potency and potential contaminants before they hit the shelves. The Cannabis Control Commission could approve a testing lab this month. The commission meets again on August 23, and Executive Director Shawn Collins said he was “relatively confident” that a lab would be ready for licensing by that time.