Marijuana Business Applications Stack Up Ahead Of Massachusetts July 1 Target Date

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission won’t issue the first marijuana business license until the end of next week at the earliest, and regulators already have more than 50 applications waiting for their consideration.

The commission was given authority on Friday to issue licenses to grow, sell and process marijuana, but the agency’s executive director said Tuesday that applications will be ready for commissioners’ review “within the next few weeks.” The CCC meets next on June 14 and expects retail sales to begin July 1.

Already, 28 entities have applied for 51 business licenses and the CCC has begun to review those applications. The review process includes a background check and a 60-day window during which the municipality in which the business hopes to locate must certify that the applicant has met all local requirements.

“There are a lot of qualifications I would put on this, which is we are waiting for information back

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