June 26, 2018Updated Jun 26, 2018 4:20 PM
Colin A. Young, State House News Service
There will be no legal recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts on July 1.
Although industry regulators expect to approve business licenses next week, there can be no legal retail sales until an independent testing laboratory applies and is licensed by the Cannabis Control Commission.
The commission on Tuesday formally asked its staff to prioritize the review of license applications for independent testing laboratories. They are a critical link of the supply chain, and without them, recreational marijuana retail shops cannot open. State law requires all recreational marijuana products sold to be tested and approved by a lab.
Regulators had targeted July 1 as the beginning of legal retail sales, but so far the regulators have only approved one provisional license: for a cultivation facility in Milford. Chairman Steven Hoffman said Tuesday that the commission will not consider additional licenses until July 2.
So far, the