Jim Borghesani of Massachusetts Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) believes the state will be ready to go with recreational marijuana sales on July 1. He’s hoping the state’s legislature will stay out of things since they’ve done their part. He believes that the state will allow the Cannabis Control Commission to do what they need to.
The state legislature’s main job right now is to make sure funding is in place for the Cannabis Control Commission to operate, according to Boston Herald. The commission is also on track to meet its deadlines. Up next for the commission is a series of public hearings.
Hearings are scheduled for February ahead of license application acceptance in April. Borghesani expects the commission to start approving applications in April as well. He also expects some shops to be open in July and August – not the number of shops residents are expecting at first, but enough to get started.
He said, “I’m at least 90-percent sure that we’re going to see licensed shops at some point in July and August. I’m not saying there’s going to be 90, 100 or even 50 open in July, but I do think there will be some. I think the process is going to start, and it’s going to be gradual. But I do think it’s going to be far better than the rollout on the medical side, which was atrocious. The setup is different, the organization is different, the structure is different.”
Some are worried about shortages of supply once the recreational market is rolled out. Borghesani doesn’t think that’s going to happen in Massachusetts. He says that cultivation facilities are prepared, they’ve had more time and are ready. One of the key elements to preventing that shortage is allowing enough shops to open across the state in July.
Borghesani said, “The thing that’s going to create revenue is the more stores that open. If we have only a handful of stores open, people aren’t going to drive 80, 90 miles to buy legal marijuana. They’re going to continue to buy from the black market. Hopefully, there will be a widespread uniform opening, that will knock criminals out of the business and create revenue for towns in the state.”