HOLYOKE — Massachusetts remains on schedule to offer legal recreational marijuana stores on July 1, the head of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission said Monday.
But growers are going to need their licenses much sooner than that or there won’t be any legal product on the shelves when those pot shops open, said David Caputo, of Positronic Farms in Holyoke.
At a public hearing on state recreational marijuana regulations the commission hosted at Holyoke Community College, Caputo asked for the application date for license to grow to be moved up to March instead of April 1.
“You have to build your facility, then you have to start your plants, then you vegetate your plants and then you have to put your plants into budding cycle,” Caputo said. “Then it takes at least 10 weeks for them to go through budding cycle to get finished. Then you have to harvest them and dry them and cure them which takes one to two weeks.
“So it literally takes three to four to five months from the day somebody gets a license before