June 26, 2018Updated Jun 26, 2018 4:20 PM

Colin A. Young, State House News Service

There will be no legal recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts on July 1.

Although industry regulators expect to approve business licenses next week, there can be no legal retail sales until an independent testing laboratory applies and is licensed by the Cannabis Control Commission.

The commission on Tuesday formally asked its staff to prioritize the review of license applications for independent testing laboratories. They are a critical link of the supply chain, and without them, recreational marijuana retail shops cannot open. State law requires all recreational marijuana products sold to be tested and approved by a lab.

Regulators had targeted July 1 as the beginning of legal retail sales, but so far the regulators have only approved one provisional license: for a cultivation facility in Milford. Chairman Steven Hoffman said Tuesday that the commission will not consider additional licenses until July 2.

So far, the commission has not received any completed license applications from independent testing labs, though one lab has begun its application.

“We do have one lab application that’s in the queue,” Hoffman said. We’ve talked to the labs, the four operators of the medical marijuana labs, and our expectation, I don’t have timing, but our expectation is that they’ll all apply.”

He said that giving independent testing labs priority application review “seemed like an essential thing to do to make sure that we had all pieces of the value chain in place so we can launch this industry.”

The commission voted unanimously to allow its staff to review out of order any completed independent testing lab application

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