BOSTON - Another small step toward the launch of the recreational marijuana industry in Massachusetts as the Cannabis Control Commission approved six final licenses and 11 provisional licenses Thursday.
The CCC had hoped to launch the retail marijuana industry by July 1, 2018, but did not meet that target. As of November 1, just shy of two years since Mass. voters approved recreational marijuana, there are 64 provisional licenses and 12 final licenses for retail and cultivation businesses, including two testing labs.
The Gibson family-owned craft cultivation business in Uxbridge received one of the six final recreational pot licenses Thursday.
"It's been a challenge. It's been a good challenge," said Freddy Gibson.
"We had to do all of the requirements outlined in the guidelines in the Massachusetts regulations. They're extensive. Takes a lot of time and energy and money," said Kimberly Gibson.
The @cannabis_control_commission set to approve 11 more provisional licenses and 6 more final licenses. But have not given any retail shops notice to commence operations. From the Globe: “ The CCC had hoped to launch the retail marijuana industry in Massachusetts by July 1 but did not meet that target. Since then, CCC Chairman Steven Hoffman has said only that consumers will be able to legally buy marijuana in “late summer/early fall.” Voters approved the legalization of non-medical marijuana in November 2016 and it became legal in December 2016 to grow, possess and use marijuana.”
To date, the state has received almost 4,000 applications for retail pot shops or cultivation facilities, but only a little over 1,000 have those applications pending.
Critics say the board is stalling the process.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the commission tells Boston 25 news they have been working tirelessly to implement "a safe, equitable, and effective adult-use cannabis industry that works for Massachusetts."
They said once a final license is approved, the commission has to inspect the final license again and re-confirm the necessary conditions are met, including securing the inventory.
Owners on the retail side have expressed concern that any delay in the process will make the demand for the product once shops open far outpace the supply available.
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