GREENFIELD — In the world of recreational marijuana, five people in the state have the most power to determine how pot will be grown, packaged and sold in Massachusetts.
One of those five members of the Cannabis Control Commission, Jennifer Flanagan — the lone appointee of Gov. Charlie Baker to the policy-setting group — came before the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Friday morning, leaving them with a clear message: The real power-wielding will come in hands of the local governments, especially when annual town meetings come around.
“The most important thing I want you to know is that communities have got to get involved in this, because this is coming to your town,” Flanagan said.
After the November 2016 ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana passed, Massachusetts has slowly worked toward a full rollout, Flanagan said. It wasn’t until September that the commission was formed to work out the details. By April 2018, the state is expected to start receiving licensing applications from those who want to grow, process, package and sell pot, and by July facilities will start