Massachusetts pot regulators can now grant licenses
Yesterday marked the first day that state regulators can issue licenses to pot shops and other businesses allowed under the voter-approved law that legalized adult use of marijuana.
The Cannabis Control Commission was not, however, expected to immediately announce any decisions. Licenses are only granted after a vote from the five-member commission at a public meeting.
Friday is also the day that any prospective operator who was not eligible for priority review by the commission can apply for a license to operate a retail establishment. The CCC has said they’ve received dozens of applications, including ten for retail establishments. Further updates are expected at a public meeting next week.
The first pot shops could open their doors in Massachusetts on July 1, though how many and where they might be located remains to be determined.
All applicants must clear background checks from regulators, and many cities and towns have imposed prohibitions or restrictions on marijuana businesses.