Don’t expect to walk into a store and buy recreational pot on July 1st.
According to the Boston Globe, the Cannabis Control Commission is currently waiting on an independent testing lab to apply and be licensed. State law requires retail pot to be tested first, prior to selling it.
July 1st was the intended rollout date for legal recreational marijuana sales, but regulators are facing some setbacks.
So far, the CCC has only approved a cultivation license. The CCC still needs an independent laboratory to test all retail pot, as required by state law.
In 2016, voters legalized marijuana for individuals over 21, but some health officials are concerned the drug could get into the wrong hands.
Dr. R.F. Conway from AEIOU Urgent Care in Amherst told 22News there are concerns about children getting to the marijuana, “There has been some evidence that kids are getting into that and are being seen in urgent care centers and emergencies departments, with basically overdoses of cannabis. That’s a big concern that parents and/or recreational users need to be concerned with.”
The Cannabis Control Commission is prioritizing license applications for testing laboratories.
Since no retail shops can open, without testing marijuana be sold, as required by state law.
According to the Boston Globe, the Cannabis Control Commission will not consider additional licenses until July 2.
Their main priority is approving a test laboratory.