Initial recreational marijuana license process opens Monday
BOSTON – Starting Monday, the process for marijuana retailers in Massachusetts to become licensed officially begins.
It’s been more than a year since recreational marijuana became legal in Massachusetts. Since then, the Cannabis Commission has been going through a rigorous process, including 10 listening sessions with hundreds of public comments to deliberate on 150 policies. In the end, there are nine types of licenses, from cultivator, to researcher and retailer.
The initial license applications open on April 2; prospective licensees can apply for Priority Certification as Registered Marijuana Dispensaries (RMD) or Economic Empowerment Applicants. This provides a fast pass to apply for a marijuana establishment license on April 17. On May 1, cultivators, micro businesses and labs can apply for a license. Then on June 1, retailers and manufacturers can apply.
The Cannabis Control Commission created the licensing process to ensure marijuana establishments are safe, equitable and effective. For the last six months, the commission has been working through the details before recreational marijuana becomes legal in the state.