August 08, 2017
Massachusetts is about to become one of the very few states that will enjoy both, the medicinal and adult-use of marijuana, as relevant measures are being taken to get both consumptions regulated. There is a need for a board that will oversee all the matters related to the recreational and medical cannabis though. This board will consist of five members and is already on the verge of being established.
Governor Charlie Baker, along with State Treasurer Deb Goldberg and Attorney General Maura Healey, have each been allowed to put forward one member for the regulatory board in development. This right was given to them under a law approved last month. Once the three are elected, it will be with their mutual consensus that the fourth and the fifth member will come on board.
There is less than a month left before the commission is ready. It is to be up and running by September 1st, 2017. Attorney General Maura Healey has said that the office will only accept applications that are received prior to August 15th, 2017 whether it is for a joint or individual appointment. This would allow a fair amount of time to work on the applications. Treasurer Deb Goldberg will be responsible for choosing the chair of the panel. She has also shown her determination to opt for commissioners who put “safety and time implementation” of the Massachusetts cannabis industry as a key priority.
The retail cannabis shops in Massachusetts will begin opening anytime in 2018. Needless to say, pot smokers of the state are desperately waiting for it.