State’s Cannabis Control Commission gets down to business




The new state agency charged with regulating marijuana in Massachusetts held its first formal meeting Tuesday, kicking off a process its officials hope will result in the first recreational dispensaries opening next July.

Attended by several dozen reporters, lobbyists, and activists, the half-hour meeting of the Cannabis Control Commission at a state office building on Beacon Hill was largely devoted to housekeeping matters.

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Chairman Steve Hoffman, a veteran business executive, moved briskly through a series of agenda items, assigning 50 preliminary tasks to the agency’s four other commissioners and appointing himself as the interim executive director of the operation, as well. That move empowers him to rent office space, procure equipment, and hire the first of about 25 staffers, starting

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