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Sarah Climaco

Starting today, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission will begin accepting applications for priority certification as registered marijuana dispensaries and economic empowerment applicants. Those granted priority certification will be allowed to apply for commercial applications on Apr. 16; all other license types will start their application process on May 1 or June 1, depending on the type.

The final regulations include nine license types, including:

  • cultivator
  • craft marijuana cooperative
  • microbusiness
  • product manufacturer
  • independent testing laboratory
  • storefront retailer
  • third-party transporter
  • existing licensee transporter
  • research facility

In a press release, Cannabis Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman praised the work of the team for implementing the application portion of the program on time.

“Today’s accomplishment is a testament to our diligent team and five, diversely talented leaders who were appointed by the Attorney General, Governor, and Treasurer, envisioned by the State Legislature, and authorized to implement legal, adult use marijuana by the voters in Massachusetts. Although we take pride in this moment, the Commission is also acutely aware of the significant work that remains. We look forward to the next phase of starting to license new businesses, and continuing to stand up a safe, equitable, and effective industry in our state.” – Hoffman in a statement

Priority certification is for current medical cannabis dispensary owners who wish to sell products to adults 21-and-older, while empowerment applicants are businesses that seek licenses to operate in low-income or minority communities disproportionately impacted by the so-called war on drugs.

Recreational cannabis sales are expected to begin in the commonwealth on June 1.

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