The first recreational marijuana license in Mass. could be granted Thursday
By Dan Adams Globe Staff June 19, 2018
Massachusetts regulators are expected to vote Thursday on the state’s first-ever recreational marijuana license.
The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has scheduled a hearing on an application from Sira Naturals for its cultivation facility in Milford, according to a meeting agenda posted Tuesday. Sira already grows marijuana there for its three medical cannabis dispensaries.
If the application is approved by the agency’s five commissioners Thursday, it could take several weeks for Sira’s Milford facility to be inspected and cleared to proceed with recreational operations.
“We’ve worked very hard to build a strong and professional business, and we are very gratified that the commission saw fit to take this step with us,” said Mike Dundas, Sira Naturals chief executive. “That said, there are a lot of unanswered questions we’ll be helping to answer over the coming days and weeks.”
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The Milford facility has 10,000 square feet of marijuana under cultivation for Sira’s medical dispensaries in Cambridge, Needham, and Somerville. But even if the commission approves the Milford application, it’s not clear how much of the current crop — if any — will make its way to recreational consumers this summer.
For one thing, Dundas said, the procedures for transferring pot grown under medical marijuana regulations overseen by the Department of Public Health to the commission’s recreational system remain fuzzy, meaning it will likely take some time to sort out.
“I don’t see any of that happening in the next few days or weeks,” he said. “For now, there’s nowhere to sell it.”
Moreover, the state has yet to license any retail pot shops that could buy marijuana from