Massachusetts Approves State’s First Recreational Marijuana Business License

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission voted unanimously yesterday to approve the state’s first-ever recreational marijuana business license.

Cannabis Becomes Legal TonightThe commission approved granting the license to Sira Naturals, a marijuana cultivation facility (located in Milford). The company currently grows medical marijuana.

“We’re very excited about it and we are going to work very, very hard to continue our tradition of providing premium cannabis sustainably grown and sold with integrity,” said Sira Naturals CEO Michael Dundas following the commission’s approval of his company’s license.

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Legal Marijuana Sales Likely to Begin July 1st in Massachusetts

According to Steven Hoffman, Chair of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, legal marijuana sales should begin in the state by July of next year.

Cannabis Becomes Legal Tonight“My understanding is that it is an expectation, but not explicitly part of the law, that retail establishments open July 1 of 2018 and that’s our intent at this point,” says Hoffman, who makes it clear that this time-frame isn’t guaranteed; “if the reality is it can’t be done, it can’t be done”, he says. “But I don’t accept that right now.”

If sales do begin by July 1st, the Legislature’s target date will be met; they voted (when making amendments to the voter-approved legalization law) to begin licensing cannabis retail outlets June 1, 2018, as to allow sales to begin the next month.

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