Legal Pot Sales In Mass. Can Start July 1 — But Few, If Any, Stores Expected To Be Open

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The retail adult-use marijuana market in Massachusetts will be far from robust on its opening day. So far, zero commercial business licenses have been granted.

As industry regulators have cautioned for months, licenses will be issued slowly despite the voter-approved state law saying recreational cannabis shops may open on July 1.

Following the Cannabis Control Commission’s weekly meeting, chairman Steven Hoffman reiterated previous predictions Thursday, saying the number of businesses allowed to sell cannabis products in July will be “sparse.”

“We’ve said from day one, we want to do this right,” Hoffman said. “July 1st is not a legislative mandate,

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