We are just around the corner from the state of Massachusetts allowing legal recreational marijuana on July 1st.
There’s a problem however. The state’s retail pot shops may not be ready to open by that date.
The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission met on Thursday without issuing the first commercial business licenses under the state’s voter-approved recreational marijuana law.
Commission Chairman, Steven Hoffman, told reporters that regulators are hoping to start issuing the licenses “shortly” but there was no date offered.
The commission has been allowed by state law to start issuing on June 1st, but with not even one single license granted yet and only two weeks to go, will there even be one pot shop open?
Hoffman had said, “We’re going to get it right.”
He added, “If that means we have few or no stores on July 1 and it takes a few more weeks, I hope and expect that everyone in the state believes it’s the right thing to do. We believe it’s the right thing to do.”
The licensing application process for marijuana businesses was opened by the commission on May 1st and June 1st, depending on the business type.