Massachusetts Recreational Marijuana Retail Delayed Again

Retail gross sales of hashish won’t start in Massachusetts on July 1 as deliberate, it was introduced this week. Steven Hoffman, chairman of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), advised native media that regulators haven’t but licensed an unbiased testing laboratory for leisure marijuana. He stated the CCC has not acquired any accomplished purposes for a testing lab and up to now just one applicant has begun the method.

“We do have one lab application that’s in the queue,” Hoffman stated. “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,” Hoffman informed reporters Tuesday.

To assist expedite the method, Commissioner Britte McBride stated the CCC voted unanimously to allow employees to assessment out of order any accomplished purposes for unbiased testing labs submitted by August 1, “purely for the purposes of being able to get the independent testing labs to the front of the queue so that we can start to establish a supply chain that is consistent with the statute.”

Regulators Now Reviewing Applications

The CCC started accepting purposes for hashish enterprise licenses on June 1 and had hoped to authorize the start of retail gross sales by July 1. But thus far just one license, for a cultivator, has been issued. Hoffman apologized for the delay, but in addition famous that the July 1 date was a goal of the CCC, not a requirement of Massachusetts’ leisure hashish regulation.

“I understand those expectations and I’m sorry that people have expectations that were not met, I am truly sorry about that. That being said, our objective is to satisfy the will of the voters of the state of Massachusetts to build a fair and safe and equitable industry. We are doing so. There is nothing in the law that says it has to be July 1,” he stated. “Again, I’m sorry people’s expectations were not met. On the other hand, I hope that people understand that we’re trying to build this industry consistent with the law and consistent with the will of the voters and we are committed to making that happen.”

The CCC at present has 61 purposes for hashish companies from 31 candidates. Each software have to be reviewed by the CCC, which should additionally conduct a background checkon the applicant. There can also be a 60-day time interval for native jurisdictions to confirm that their laws have been met by the candidates. Hoffman stated that he expects the fee to approve further license purposes at its subsequent assembly on July 1.

No New Predictions for Retail Rollout

When he was requested to foretell when retail gross sales would start in Massachusetts, Hoffman declined.

“I have resisted making a forecast and I will continue to resist making a forecast. We are going to issue licenses on an ongoing basis, they have to become final licenses, we have to get city and town approval; there are too many moving parts so I’m not making a forecast,” he stated.

Hoffman added the shortage of testing labs is “another reason why I’m just not making a forecast about timing, it’s another one of the moving parts that has to come together.”


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