September 19, 2018

No final licenses from CCC

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Cultivate in Leicester was the first company in Massachusetts to land a retail license.

It appears that the Cannabis Control Commission's final go-ahead for a retail marijuana store to open will not come this week, pushing the opening of the first retail shop into at least October.

The CCC released the agenda for its Thursday meeting -- expected to be the CCC's last meeting for the month -- and it calls for commissioners to vote on eight new business licenses, but does not include a vote on granting a final license to one of the 11 retail stores or seven cultivation facilities already given provisional licenses.

The CCC had hoped to launch the retail industry in Massachusetts by July 1 but did not meet that target and officials have since refused to provide a timeframe for the launch of an industry approved by voters almost two years ago.

At the last CCC meeting, on Sept. 6, Chairman Steven Hoffman said the agency was working to schedule inspections for two or three provisionally licensed businesses and that the inspections were expected to take place "over the next week, plus or minus." He said it was possible that the CCC would vote on a final license on Sept. 20.

In addition to voting on eight business licenses -- including four for retail shops and two for cultivation -- the CCC on Thursday will get an overview of the final licensure process from Executive Director Shawn Collins.

The CCC is expected to vote on applications from BCWC Inc., formerly known as Bristol County Wellness Center, Inc., to grow between 5,001 and 10,000 square feet of marijuana and to manufacture marijuana-infused products. The commission will also consider applications from Temescal Wellness of Massachusetts, Inc. to open retail shops in Hudson and Framingham.

The other retail shops up for licensure Thursday would be run by Late Spring Inc. D/B/A Gage Cannabis Company in Ayer and by Alternative Therapies Group, Inc. in Salisbury. The CCC will also consider applications to grow up to 5,000 square feet of marijuana and manufacture marijuana products from Central Ave Compassionate Care, Inc., based in Ayer.

The CCC will meet Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Health Policy Commission's conference room at 50 Milk St. in Boston.

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