Local businesses: Marijuana license application process difficult

Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – On Thursday state regulators unanimously voted to grant the first recreational license to Sira Naturals, a marijuana grower in Milford.

Under state law marijuana shops could open as soon as July 1, but the Cannabis Control Commission hasn’t yet licensed any retail shops.

According to the Cannabis Control Commission.. three license applications have been submitted in Hampden County. 22News spoke with one business who said they’re interested in applying but that local regulations are holding them up.

In Springfield there’s currently a moratorium in place while zoning regulations are being drafted. 

“Once you get to a certain point in the application process you need need certain things you don’t have, such as the community host agreement,” said Dave Mech, owner of Potco in Springfield. “So basically you can start applying but there’s a point where you’re not gonna be able to proceed til the cities and towns get their end of the thing done.”

Mech told 22News he wants a recreational business license to make access safe and affordable for everyone.

As of June 5th the commission showed that 12 applications had been submitted from western Massachusetts.

Complete license applications that have been reviewed by the commission, including a required background check will be put to a vote at future public meetings.
 

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