More than two years ago, we reported on Massachusetts voters legalizing the use of recreational marijuana by adults 21 and older, and recently history was made as the state marked the launch of its first recreational marijuana dispensaries. Two medical marijuana facilities in Leicester, MA and Northampton, MA opened their doors to customers for the state’s very first recreational marijuana sales. Massachusetts is the first state on the East Coast with operations of commercial marijuana stores. Recreational marijuana is sold in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California and Nevada. Maine voters also legalized recreational marijuana, but stores are not expected to open for quite some time. Supporters of this new modern movement are pleased with the state legalizing recreational marijuana, as they cite to the fact that marijuana is now well-regulated, safe, tested and bringing in significant tax revenue that has been missed out on.

The Cannabis Control Commission was tasked with regulating the industry and though regulatory approval for recreational cannabis was slated to begin on July 1st, it was delayed because the Commission was concerned about setting regulations and procedures in place properly the first time around. Another business may soon open its doors in Easthampton, as the Cannabis Control Commission also voted in favor of granting licenses for retail, product manufacturer and cultivation business.

The booming cannabis industry is a challenge to navigate and that is why our team has continuously followed the heavily regulated business to help companies in all stages of their formation thrive through this new commodity. Our cannabis team will represent companies who are in the process of applying for licenses with the Cannabis Control Commission. In addition, we will advise on licensure, legal and regulatory issues, labor and employment issues, municipal issues, compliance, insurance and lease implications. If you have any questions, please contact Seta Accaoui (617-279-8226 or email her).