More than two months after recreational marijuana sales became legal in Massachusetts, the first wave of retailers is still working to open to the public.
But the first sales could happen soon.
Eleven potential marijuana shops are awaiting site inspections, the last step before they can seek final approval of their business license applications from the Cannabis Control Commission, Massachusetts’ marijuana authority.
The soonest a marijuana shop may get its final business license is Sept 20, at the next public meeting of the commission. The body will vote on applications of any businesses that have already completed physical site inspections and staff fingerprinting.
The commission says it has begun scheduling some inspections. Dick Evans, a Massachusetts attorney who’s long pushed for the legalization of marijuana, said he thinks some retailers will line those up in time to get final approvals on Sept. 20.
“I think that’s realistic,” Evans said. “We expected to see them (approved) in August. Of course, there’s always complications. I think we shouldn’t fret the delay too much because we’ve been waiting for several decades, and we can wait a few weeks more.” [Read more at Hartford Courant]