Massachusetts is inching closer and closer to getting its first commercial pot dispensaries as it was this week that marijuana regulators issued final licenses to marijuana operators.

On Thursday, the Cannabis Control Commission voted 4-0 to issue the licenses to Cultivate Holdings in Leicester and New England Treatment Access in Northampton.

“I think we’re weeks away,” said Steven Hoffman, chairman of the commission.

“I think it’s a big milestone, but you know it’s going to be an even bigger one when the stores actually open,” he added.

It was in November of 2016, almost two years ago, that voters in the state of Massachusetts had voted to legalize recreational marijuana.

“We’re doing it right, I’m very proud of the way that we’re doing it,” Hoffman said.

Once open, the Massachusetts pot shops would be the first recreational marijuana outlets available on the eastern United States.

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