Deep In The Weeds With Daniel Part I: Retail Pot Shops In Massachusetts
On July 1, businesses with the proper licenses can officially start selling recreational marijuana to anyone 21 years or older in Massachusetts. But the sale and use of marijuana carries a lot of restrictions, as well as resistance, depending on what part of the state you live in.
To break down the various complexities packed into the recreational marijuana law, Morning Edition sat down with WGBH’s Daniel Medwed to flesh out a specific component each week leading up to the official opening of the recreational industry. This week, Medwed explains why the regulatory process and the timeline of issuing licenses has already delayed the opening of a potentially robust and lucrative marijuana market in Massachusetts.
The transcript is below. To hear the full conversation, click the link above:
Joe Mathieu: This is WGBH’s Morning Edition.
Recreational marijuana stores, as we’ve told you, will be allowed to open in Massachusetts as soon as July 1 nearly two years after voters endorsed a ballot initiative that would legalize recreational pot for people over the age of 21. Joining us for the first of several discussions about the implications of the marijuana rollout is Northeastern law professor and WGBH legal analyst Daniel Medwed. We’re going deep in the weeds this month with Daniel with everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask. Good morning sir and welcome.
Daniel Medwed: Good morning.
JM: We have a lot to cover here. Let’s start with a general overview and then in future weeks we’ll take a closer look at specific issues. First of all Daniel, what should we expect to happen on July 1?
DM: Here’s what we shouldn’t expect, that all of a sudden Boston will transform into the North American version of Amsterdam with pot shops on every corner.