Central Mass. prepares for pot
On July 1, Massachusetts will open the doors to its newest industry: Retail weed.
The new industry brought along by the state’s voters in November 2016 is bringing jobs, tax revenue and a new wave of entrepreneurs to the state and Worcester area – adding adult-use recreational marijuana to the six-year-old medical cannabis industry.
In Central Massachusetts, at least 10 adult-use retail shops will seek to open after July 1, when recreational licenses can be awarded, based on WBJ’s research into public notices, public filings and news reports.
Cultivate Holdings in Leicester hopes to be one of the few facilities up and running on the first day it’s legally allowed to do so, said President Sam Barber.
Currently, Cultivate operates a medical marijuana grow site and dispensary in Leicester. The Cannabis Control Commission – the state recreational marijuana regulatory body – approved Cultivate’s priority application, allowing the production of recreational products starting July 1.
“We’re excited to get rolling in this market, and I think it’s going to be great for the company as well as the community in terms of the number of jobs we’re creating,” said Barber, “and the tax revenue is going to be a huge help for this town.”
Jobs, jobs, jobs
Currently at 20 jobs as a medical dispensary, Cultivate will add up to 15 by the end of the year, and more will probably be added once demand for recreational product increases. Barber said all employee areas will be increased, including production, sales and front office jobs.
“Pretty much across the board,” he said.
At Southborough marijuana testing facility Evio Labs, the employee count is expected to triple within the next year, said co-founder Lori Glauser.
The lab currently tests the 17 companies producing medical marijuana in the state, and it will shortly begin