Retail Marijuana shops one step closer to opening in Massachusetts

Boston Statehouse

The Cannabis Control Commission met Thursday to discuss the final steps in the process to open retail marijuana locations in Massachusetts. 

Ahead of Thursday’s meeting, the CCC had issued 30 provisional licenses for marijuana businesses across the state, 11 of those being retail locations. 

At Thursdays’ meeting the CCC approved four more recreational stores, bringing the total to 15, with four in western Massachusetts: Northampton, Easthampton, Greenfield and Pittsfield. 

Marijuana regulators said none of those businesses can open until the CCC inspects the property to make sure that they comply with state regulations. 

At least one retail marijuana location has completed their final inspection and if all went well, the CCC says they could vote on issuing a final license in two weeks. 

When the CCC votes to issue final licenses, they could impose conditions on the business like checking employee registration and making sure that the inventory is properly logged in a seed-to-sale tracking system. 

Once the business has complied with all licensing requirements, the CCC will issue a ‘commence full operations’ notice to allow the sale of retail marijuana.

The CCC originally set a July first deadline for retail marijuana sales, but they are now saying that consumers should be able to legally buy marijuana in this fall. 

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