Sarah Climaco

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission mistakenly approved 10 priority certification retail cannabis applications that were supposed to be denied, according to a State House News Service report. The CCC had approved 146 such applications but Executive Director Shawn Collins admitted that 10 of those were approved in error.

“Upon further review, we’ve identified a number of applicants that had previously been included in a batch for approval that, based on a transcription error, should have been in fact in a batch for denial. It is unfortunate and we will absolutely be in touch with each of those applicants to identify this error that did occur.” – Collins to the CCC via State House News

CCC Chairman Steve Hoffman said that staff actually made the right call but the denial recommendations “ended up just getting put in the wrong column.” The board voted to rescind those 10 approvals. Hoffman indicated that the CCC would “try everything [they] can to rectify the error.”

“If they do get denied we haven’t taken away anything that they should have gotten, but we still feel badly about the mistake and we’ll do what we can to rectify and to make it up.” – Hoffman to State House News

Hoffman said the body would change the way it reviews applications to prevent future errors.  

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