Prospective purveyors of pot will be able to begin the process of applying for state licenses in Massachusetts as early as Monday, the Cannabis Control Commission announced.

The commission filed its final guidelines on March 9, six days ahead of the deadline, and the rules took effect Thursday when they were published in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations.


Nine license categories are created under the regulations: cultivator, craft marijuana cooperative, microbusiness, product manufacturer, independent testing laboratory, storefront retailer, third-party transporter, existing licensee transporter, and research facility.

“Starting on April 2, prospective licensees may begin applying for Priority Certification as Registered Marijuana Dispensaries (RMD) or Economic Empowerment Applicants, which provides eligibility to apply for a marijuana establishment license on April 17. All other license types will start the application process on May 1 or June 1, depending on the category,” the commission announced Thursday.

Under the regulations, retail stores will be able to open starting July 1.

There could be delays because local cities and towns have the final say on whether a business can open, and many have been waiting for these regulations to move forward on zoning and other rules.

The commission’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday.

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