Sira Naturals, an established Massachusetts medical marijuana producer, has also applied for permits to research and transport legal weed, but has not been approved for either of those distinct licenses. Sira Naturals is now responsible for growing the first commercial ganja plants east of Colorado. “This is an exciting first step on the path toward making our premium cannabis products available to a wider audience than ever before.”
Because Sira Naturals already operates 10,000-square-feet of state-approved medical marijuana cultivation space in the same facility as its impending recreational grow, the company will be able to transfer product from their medical backstock into the adult-use market.
As of press time on Friday, Sira Naturals remains the only licensed adult-use weed business in Massachusetts, with no other companies legally able to distribute or sell Sira’s marijuana. CCC officials say that they will continue to issue new licenses at subsequent weekly meetings, but with the agency’s proposed sales start just one week away, it is looking unlikely that Bay State pot shops will be ready to service recreational customers on July 1st. Still, CCC regulators remain confident in their ability to quickly license qualified applicants now that the dam has been broken. “This is the first license we’re taking up for deliberation, but we expect as we go forward over the next few weeks and months that every meeting will have a few additional ones … this is going to become a regular process.”
If the Commission does license one or more medical dispensary before the end of the month, it is still possible that some adult-use cannabis sales could be made on July 1st. But even in that best-case scenario, the initial market will still be extremely limited.
Sira Naturals CEO Michael Dundas said that the company will begin planting a variety of strains for the adult-use market as soon as all of the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed, with plans to have the entire cultivation facility operating 24/7 within the next four months.