Massachusetts is set to open the East Coast’s first major recreational cannabis market. Voters passed Question 4, the state’s recreational adult use law last November, and after a few delays it seems fairly certain that by July of next year, adults 21 and older will be able to walk into a Boston shop and buy weed. However, the weed sold in those stores will all come from indoor grow houses backed by wealthy investors – something Massachusetts’ small farmers aren’t too happy about.
“That’s not a fair market,” Ted Dobson told the Boston Globe. “And most of these people are not horticulturists, not farmers; they’re just deep-pocketed folks who saw there was money to be made.”
Dobson is the proprietor of Equinox Farms, a 15-acre salad-green production plot in Sheffield, Mass. He’s excited to diversify his crop with cannabis, but is finding it harder than just germinating seeds or planting clones.
Businessmen with resources will have the first crack at recreational licenses thanks to the state’s medical program, which requires $30,000 in fees, and another $250,000 in the bank. In addition to the funds needed to start the business, all medical…