BOSTON (CBS) – The future sale of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts took a big step forward Monday. It’s day one for businesses to apply to sell pot to adults over the age of 21. While this is just the beginning of the process, there are still a lot of hurdles to overcome.
“Today marks a milestone in adult use of cannabis in Massachusetts,” says Michael Dundas, president of Sira Naturals, owner of three medical marijuana dispensaries in Cambridge, Somerville and a newly opened shop in Needham. He’s beginning the application process that will allow Sira to expand dramatically. “We hope to, in working with the communities in which we operate, to eventually operate co-located medical and adult use or recreational marijuana facilities in each of those locations,” he says.
Licensed dispensaries are the first to be allowed to start applying, as are what are called “economic empowerment applicants.” “Which are people from communities that have been disproportionately harmed by previous drug laws,” says Steven Hoffman, the chair of the Mass.