Cannabis Control Commission To Consider Pot Shop Licenses In Plymouth, Easthampton, Wareham

A budding mature marijuana plant. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A budding mature marijuana plant. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

State regulators will consider seven applications for legal marijuana business licenses on Thursday, including two for cultivation and three for retail shops.

But the Cannabis Control Commission's agenda for Thursday's meeting does not call for the commission to consider licensing an independent testing laboratory, a supply chain link without which no non-medical marijuana can be sold.

The CCC is expected to consider three applications from M3 Ventures, Inc., which operates medical marijuana dispensaries in Mashpee and Plymouth. Formerly known as Medical Marijuana of Massachusetts, M3 Ventures is seeking to be licensed to grow between 5,001 and 10,000 square feet of marijuana, to manufacture marijuana products and to operate a retail shop in Plymouth.

The commission will also consider three applications from I.N.S.A., Inc., which currently operates dispensaries in Easthampton and Springfield. I.N.S.A is seeking licenses to grow between 50,001 and 60,000 square feet of marijuana, to manufacture marijuana products and to open a retail shop in Easthampton.

An application from Pharmacannis Massachusetts, Inc., to open a retail shop in Wareham is also on the CCC's agenda for Thursday. Pharmacannis Massachusetts sometimes goes by the name Verilife and already operates a medical dispensary in Wareham, according to the Department of Public Health.

The CCC had hoped to launch legal non-medical marijuana sales by July 1 but has since refused to put a timeline on the rollout of an industry voters approved at the ballot in 2016.

The CCC will also discuss feedback it received to its "host community agreement guidance," as the required agreements between marijuana businesses and municipalities have drawn scrutiny amid the slow industry rollout.

While marijuana remains unavailable at the legal retail level, it's been legal for adults in Massachusetts to grow and use marijuana since December 2016.

The CCC meets Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Massachusetts Gaming Commission meeting room on the 12th floor or 101 Federal St. in Boston.

Correction: An earlier version of this story included an incorrect municipality in the headline. It is Wareham. We regret the error. 

This article was originally published on August 07, 2018.



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