Higher Law: Massachusetts Preps for Retail Sales | Pot at the Polls | Plus: Who Got the Work
Welcome back to Higher Law, our weekly briefing about all things cannabis. I’m Cheryl Miller, reporting for Law.com from Sacramento, where, in true California style, we’re still counting votes from Tuesday’s primary election.
➤➤ One thing’s clear: The two remaining gubernatorial candidates have very different views on marijuana. Democrat Gavin Newsom was a big supporter of California’s recreational-use initiative, Proposition 64. Republican John Cox opposes adult-use legalization and made headlines in March when he saidpot users should be hospitalized for substances abuse treatment, but not jailed. He later walked back those comments and said he backs medical marijuana.
This week we look at how Massachusetts is preparing for adult-use retail sales. Plus, a quick review of marijuana-related California election results. Scroll down to see big headlines and who got the work.
The State of Marijuana in Massachusetts
Get ready to welcome Massachusetts to the still-exclusive club of states that allow recreational marijuana. Retail sales are targeted to start on July 1. But will they? Regulators, though optimistic, are still processing license applications.
To find out what’s going on in the Bay State, I asked Kevin Conroy, Boston-based co-chair of Foley Hoag‘s marijuana group, what we might see on July 1.
“I expect that a handful of previously medical only cannabis dispensaries that are awarded adult use licenses will be dispensing both adult use and medical cannabis on July 1 or shortly thereafter,” Conroy (at left) says. “The lines will be very long.” Conroy also expects to see “consumer frustration” over the first six months or so as adult-use demand outpaces limited, but growing, supply.
Massachusetts added a wrinkle to its regulatory scheme: Applicants, no matter where they want to locate, must submit a plan for how they