Html”>According to Mass Live, the Bay State Cannabis Control Commission passed the package of recreational rules in a unanimous vote on Tuesday, implementing standards for legal weed warning labels, cultivation limits, licensing, and more.
“As I said, we need to make sure our staff is in place, we need to make sure we have our technology in place, but our intent is to have a ‘go’ on July 1,” Steve Hoffman, chairman of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission, told reporters after Tuesday’s vote. “And we are hitting all of the deadlines that we have in the legislation. “
Once those retail cannabis sales start, all products will be labeled with a weed leaf warning label, patients with valid medical recommendations will be able to skip any long recreational-use lines, and, to dissuade any shady under-the-table dealings, “secret shoppers” will make frequent compliance checks.
Outside of retail, cannabis commissioners also passed regulations for cultivation, capping grow sites at 100,000 square feet, or 2.3 acres. Massachusetts regulators said that the agreed upon ceiling was large enough to allow local growth, but sufficiently restrictive to dissuade black market diversion and large-scale agriculture companies from dominating the nascent industry.
Residents with past cannabis-related convictions will be encouraged to shed the drug’s stigma and enter the legal market, but commission rules will unequivocally ban any person with a rap sheet for trafficking other, non-weed narcotics from industry employment.
Now that regulations are in place, the commission plans to begin accepting applications for all types of canna-business licenses in only three weeks, starting April 1st. Because potential ganjapreneurs have been waiting patiently since late 2016 to finally submit their business plans, the number of applications waiting in the wings remains a mystery.
“I have no idea how many applications we’re going to get,” Hoffman told reporters on Tuesday.