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Massachusetts to Consider First Recreational Dispensary; Delaware’s Third Dispensary Opens

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BOSTON (AP) — Cannabis regulators may be closer to issuing the first retail license to sell recreational pot in Massachusetts.

The Cannabis Control Commission was slated to consider on Monday, July 2, 2018, recommendations from its staff on a retail application submitted by Cultivate Holdings of Leicester.

The company currently operates a medical cannabis dispensary in the Worcester County town.

Even if a provisional license were to be issued, it’s unclear how long it would take for retail sales to begin at the site.

The state’s voter-approved recreational marijuana law called for pot shops to open on Sunday, July 1, 2018, but the commission has yet to award any retail licenses. Sira Naturals became the first cannabis license holder in Massachusetts. Local concerns about the stores and the lack of any marijuana testing facilities required under the law are among factors cited for missing the July 1, 2018, target date.

Third medical marijuana dispensary opens in Delaware

SMYRNA, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s third medical marijuana dispensary opened Friday, June 29, 2018.

News outlets reported that Columbia Care held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at its Compassion Center in Smyrna that opened two days later. The dispensary will be the New York company’s first in Delaware, and makes it the second medical marijuana operator in Delaware.

State Medical Marijuana Program Administrator Paul Hyland says Delaware will now have all three of its counties covered. First State Compassion Centers operates the other two dispensaries near Wilmington in New Castle County and near Lewes in Sussex County.

Columbia Care LLC CEO Nicholas Vita said a significant unmet medical need in Kent County influenced the decision to open in Smyrna. He said the new facility will provide cured leaf products and dose-metered, pharmaceutical-quality offerings including vaporization oils and oral capsules.

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