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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