With Rules Now Finalized, Here Are 4 Key Changes To Massachusetts’ Marijuana Regulations

The commission will begin accepting applications for licenses on April 1

With less than four months to go before the first legal sales of adult-use marijuana are supposed to begin in Massachusetts, the agency tasked with overseeing the cannabis industry has finalized its regulations. The Cannabis Control Commission voted unanimously to accept the rules that will govern the new legal industry.

Commission Chair Steve Hoffman said he doesn’t anticipate any potential roadblocks between now and July 1 when the first licensed retail stores will be allowed to open. “We need to make sure we have all of our staff in place. We need to make sure that our technology is in place. We need to continue to collaborate with the cities and towns around the state to make sure they’re comfortable and that our process works with their process,” Hoffman said shortly after the commission’s vote. “I wouldn’t call any of those roadblocks,” he added. “It’s just things that we have to continue to work on between now and July 1.”

Backers of the 2016 referendum that legalized recreational marijuana are generally pleased with the regulations.


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