The still-burgeoning Massachusetts marijuana industry enters a new phase this Monday when prospective licensees can start applying for “priority certification.”
The “priority certification,” as laid out by state regulators, would make them eligible to apply for a retail marijuana license on April 17.
They can apply as organizations behind the nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries or as “economic empowerment” applicants.
“Economic empowerment” applicants are defined as applicants who can show “experience in or business practices that promote “economic empowerment” in areas that have been hit hard by high rates of arrest and incarceration due to the prohibition on marijuana.
The rest of the license types can start the application on May 1 or June 1, though that depends on the category they’re in.
On May 1, applicants will be accepted from microbusinesses, cultivators, craft marijuana cooperatives and independent testing labs, while on June 1, marijuana retailers, manufacturers and transporters can apply for licenses.
Retail pot shops are slated to open in Massachusetts this summer.
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