The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, responsible for overseeing marijuana legalization matters in the government, started accepting applications for priority certification from marijuana dispensaries seeking to acquire licenses in order to sell the drug for recreational purposes. After significant deliberation, the commission launched the website to review them on Monday.
Ever since recreational marijuana possession was legalized in Massachusetts in 2016, many stakeholders in the industry have been interested in selling weed in stores for customers to buy, just as they would purchase cigarettes or alcoholic beverages. The commission received nearly 200 applications, according to The Boston Globe, a high number that indicates the success of the program.
It’s important to note that talks about establishing recreational marijuana businesses have been ongoing since 2016. And while it’s been two years since starting that conversation, it is commendable how well the system for receiving applications is working. The commission took its time to create an effective system and functioning website to review applicants, which is far more worthwhile than putting something out there sooner that’s not smoother or more efficient. It is