Massachusetts cannabis, now a $1.4 billion-a-year business, faces growing pains, competition –


Massachusetts’ legalized recreational cannabis industry saw growth in 2021 and expects more in 2022, but competition from both within and in neighboring states and pushback in Holyoke point to growing pains.

“I would describe it a lot more as maturing,” said Erik Williams, co-founder and chief operating officer of Canna Provisions Group, which has shops in Holyoke and Lee. “That means we welcome more and more new customers. It means we welcome new products. This isn’t cannabis from even 10 years ago, where it was flower in its various forms.”

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