TBG has been closely following the 2021-2022 Legislative Session and would like to take this opportunity to update you on the FY 2022 Budget process and other important legislative updates.
The Massachusetts Legislature concluded formal sessions for the 2017-2018 Legislative Session in the early hours of August 1st. The days leading up to the conclusion of formal sessions became a legislative sprint to the finish as lawmakers scrambled to simultaneously pass key pieces of legislation while overriding vetoes the Governor had made to the House and Senate FY 2019 $41.88 billion dollar budget proposal.
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.
On November 6th, in addition to determining which state and local officials they want to elect to office, Massachusetts voters will also be faced with three ballot questions. Voters could have potentially headed to the polls this fall with as many as eight ballot questions; however, an act of the legislature called the “Grand Bargain” was able to resolve some of the ballot initiatives beforehand.