Massachusetts is one of the latest states to legalize recreational cannabis. Although there is still some work to be done before a full-fledged recreational marijuana program is in place, they’ve taken a huge step forward, with the state’s first recreational license officially granted on Monday.
First Recreational License Granted in Massachusetts
On Monday, Massachusetts’ Cannabis Control Commission unanimously approved an application by Cultivate Holdings, LLC. a Leicester-based company, making it the state’s first cannabis retail dispensary.
Cultivate Holdings currently sells medical marijuana but wanted to expand the business into Massachusett’s upcoming recreational sector.
“We’re very excited to be the first,” Cultivate president Sam Barber told news reporters, per the Boston Globe. “We all feel [the recreational cannabis industry] is going to be tremendous for the Commonwealth — the amount of jobs that this is going to create for the local community, especially our town, and the amount of tax revenue is going to be a huge help.”
Recreational marijuana was originally on pace to hit Massachusett’s shelves months ago, but the endeavor has met its fair share of bumps and bruises. While recreational cannabis was approved back in a November 2016 ballot, it was delayed several months, and lawmakers expected a July 1st