It’s July 1, And No Dispensaries Are Ready To Open In Massachusetts

The program rollout has been extremely disappointing for entrepreneurs

For months, July 1 has been floated as the day the first legal marijuana stores could open in Massachusetts.

Now July 1 is here. But no marijuana stores will be open, and there is no forecasted date for when they will be.

July 1 “means nothing. Nothing’s going to happen,” said Jim Smith, an attorney with Smith, Costello & Crawford Public Policy Law Group who represents marijuana businesses.

Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman has been stressing for months that the commission is focused on launching the industry the right way rather than adhering to what he calls “an arbitrary deadline.”

“I’m sorry that people have expectations that are not met,” Hoffman said after a commission meeting last week. “I’m 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.”


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