On July 2nd, Cultivate Holdings, Inc. received the first non-medical retail marijuana license in Massachusetts, one day after the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) had hoped to start legal cannabis sales in Massachusetts. Sira Naturals, which is located in Milford and also currently operates as a medical marijuana dispensary, was also approved to manufacture marijuana-based products and transport marijuana. Sira Naturals had previously been granted permission to grow 20,000 sq. ft. of non-medical marijuana.
According to the executive director of The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), the CCC could award the first recreational marijuana business license in Massachusetts as early as this week. The CCC is currently reviewing 51 license applications from 28 entities which it has received over the past two months.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent decision to rescind a memo which addressed legal disparities between state and federal cannabis policies has generated concern among cannabis industry leaders and government officials in Massachusetts and around the country.
The Cannabis Control Commission has had an action-packed month, hiring an executive director for the commission, as well as working extensively to meet deadlines for both medical and recreational marijuana in the coming year.