Massachusetts Awards First Recreational Cannabis Business License
The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) issued its first recreational marijuana business license, granting Sira Naturals of Milford the privilege of growing the Bay State’s first legal crops in the nascent adult-use market.
According to concurrent reports from Mass Live and WWLP News, the CCC met Thursday to vote on the inaugural license, leading to unanimous approval of Sira Naturals’ proposed 20,000-square-foot indoor cultivation center. Sira Naturals, an established Massachusetts medical marijuana producer, has also applied for permits to research and transport legal weed, but has not been approved for either of those distinct licenses.
It’s been nearly two years since Bay State voters legalized recreational cannabis, but this week’s licensing update signals the true start of legal weed on the East Coast. Sira Naturals is now responsible for growing the first commercial ganja plants east of Colorado.
“This historic milestone is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our exceptional team and to the countless cannabis industry stakeholders throughout the Commonwealth whose passion to legalize cannabis made this dream a reality,” Sira Naturals CEO Michael Dundas said in a statement. “This is an exciting first step on the path toward making our premium cannabis products available to a wider audience than ever before.”
Because Sira Naturals already operates 10,000-square-feet of state-approved medical marijuana cultivation space in the same facility as its impending recreational grow, the company will be able to transfer product from their medical backstock into the adult-use market. But while Sira is uniquely positioned to meet the state’s ideal July 1st recreational sales start date, a dearth of licensed dispensaries will make that goal practically impossible.
As of press time on Friday, Sira Naturals remains the only licensed adult-use weed business in Massachusetts, with no other companies legally able to distribute or sell Sira’s marijuana. CCC