Could this be the first recreational marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts?

It’s (maybe) happening.

Massachusetts regulators are poised to license the state’s first recreational marijuana shop. According to the agenda for the Cannabis Control Commission’s meeting Monday, the agency plans to vote on issuing its first retail license to Cultivate, a medical marijuana dispensary in Leicester that opened last December.

“Our whole team is just ecstatic right now,” Sam Barber, the president of Cultivate, said over the phone Thursday evening.

Barber says the company has been busy trying to prepare for the wave of customers, if they do turn out to be the first adult-use retailer to open.


“We’re looking at building up our inventory as quick as we can,” he said.

Currently located on Route 9 in the Worcester County suburb, the “seed-to-table” dispensary grows, processes, and sells its product all out of a single facility. The menu for their current clientele of medical-use patients includes 12 strains of marijuana flower; 10 different vape-pen cartridges; pre-rolled joints; edibles, including macaroons, cookies, and confectionary cubes; tinctures; and even THC-infused lotion and lip balm. Barber says they’re also about to launch a new line of cannabis-infused beverages.

If approved Monday, Cultivate would be the first licensed retail business in the state, but that doesn’t mean they can immediately begin recreational sales.

The license would be provisional and final approval would be conditional on the company passing a few final hurdles, such as staff being fingerprinted for background checks and undergoing building inspections.

Retailers like Cultivate also cannot begin sales until the commission licenses at least one independent testing laboratory. That’s because the CCC’s regulations mandate that all marijuana products must be able to be lab-tested before they can be sold. So far, zero labs have even submitted a complete application and just one has begun the process.


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