Massachusetts recreational marijuana shops are days away from opening – Daily News
After,long,wait,1st,legal,pot,shops,East,Coast,open The first legal recreational marijuana shops east of Colorado are opening soon in Massachusetts, two years after residents of the state voted to legalize the drug. An existing medical marijuana dispensary in the eclectic town of Northampton is set to open within a matter of days, selling a range of cannabis-infused products to anyone 21. A second store in the small town of Leicester is also expected to open around the same time, according to the AP.Meanwhile, dozens of other retail applicants are still awaiting final licensing approval from state regulators following delays that have frustrated potential businesses and customers alike. On Wednesday the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), gave final authorization for two marijuana testing laboratories to begin operations. The lab approvals – officially called ‘commence operations notices’ – have been described as a crucial penultimate step before recreation pot sales can begin throughout the state.That’s because dispensaries and other marijuana businesses are required to have products independently tested for potency and safety before hitting the market. Share this article Share The notices indicate that the two labs have satisfied the CCC’s final conditions for opening, passed inspections, fingerprinted workers, and become established in the state’s mandatory retail marijuana seed-to-sale tracking system known as Metrc. ‘When Massachusetts voters legalized adult-use cannabis, they communicated a desire to purchase products that are safely regulated and properly tested,’ CCC executive director Shawn Collins said in a statement Wednesday.’The Commission has done scrupulous due diligence to make that vision a reality and ensure licensed independent testing labs maximize public health and public safety.’ As of this week, three recreational dispensaries in Massachusetts have been granted final licenses. Before receiving ‘commence operations’ notices they must submit their inventory to labs for testing. Given all the red tape, the CCC has said it could be a week before the stores actually open. As it awaits lab testing, the Northampton dispensary operated by New England Treatment Access is bracing for long lines when the store opens.The store has been working with city officials to avoid any potential public safety issues the high demand may bring.
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