From the State House News Service, Colin A. Young
Cultivate, a medical marijuana dispensary in Leicester, could on Monday become the state’s first recreational marijuana retail shop to be licensed by the Cannabis Control Commission.
The CCC plans to meet on Monday and its agenda for the meeting calls for regulators to vote on issuing a retail license to Cultivate Holdings, Inc., the business name of the dispensary operating in Worcester County.
The agenda also calls for the commission to consider product manufacturing and transportation licenses for Sira Naturals of Milford. Sira became the first company licensed by the CCC two weeks ago when it was granted permission to grow up to 20,000 square feet of marijuana for adult use.
The meeting will take place July 2, a date by which consumers, the CCC and lawmakers had hoped legal sales would have begun. Lawmakers and the CCC had adopted July 1 as the target date for the start of retail marijuana sales, though the state’s new marijuana law did not establish a firm launch date.
Even if the CCC licenses a retail shop, it cannot sell non-medical marijuana until it is tested and approved by an independent lab. So far, no labs have submitted a complete license application to the CCC, so that critical piece of the supply chain remains missing.
During an appearance on WBUR’s Radio Boston on Wednesday, CCC Chairman Steven Hoffman said that he expects at least three testing labs currently working with the medical marijuana program and sale of products like watermelon gummy to apply for licenses from the CCC “very quickly” and that “they’re pretty much ready to go” once they are approved for licensure.