Massachusetts marijuana regulators are considering final licenses for two recreational pot shops.
The Cannabis Control Commission has scheduled votes on Thursday on a bid by Cultivate Holdings to open a retail outlet in Leicester (LES’-tuhr) and a proposal from New England Treatment Access for a store in Northampton.
Both companies operate medical marijuana dispensaries at those locations, and were granted provisional licenses by the commission this summer. A vote on a final license would mean the applicants have passed inspection and cleared other necessary hurdles.
If awarded final licenses, the stores could be the first to open in Massachusetts under the voter-approved law that legalized adult use of recreational marijuana. That would not happen immediately, however, as there are still some steps necessary before the stores can begin selling to the public.