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Massachusetts has struggled to implement its recreational cannabis program as local and state regulations, or lack thereof, have stifled progress for the state’s businesses. 

Many problems are causing headaches for Massachusetts business’ trying to expand into the legal cannabis market. Some of these issues are industry-wide, such as finding capital without access to a bank, but others are state-specific. 

For recreational applicants, local permits must be gained first before getting approved by the state. However, a cannabis business cannot apply for a municipal permit if the municipality has not yet put zoning rules in place. Many municipalities are still far from finalizing zoning restrictions, and as a result, local businesses are on standby. 

Another major issue is that no marijuana testing labs have been licensed for the Massachusetts recreational market. Regulation in the state requires all cannabis tested by an independent lab before being sold to the public. 

Massachusetts voters chose to legalize recreational marijuana in November of 2016 and it was expected to begin sale July 1st. The state has had a medical cannabis program since 2013.

Source: https://mjbizdaily.com/sorting-out-the-holdup-with-massachusetts-recreational-cannabis-rollout/

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