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Massachusetts starts accepting applications for licenses to sell recreational cannabis

Published On: 04-11-2018 in Category: addiction, Drug abuse, marijuana

The sale of recreational weed in Massachusetts will soon be a reality as the state’s Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) has started accepting applications for opening pot shops. The move would help present operators of medical cannabis dispensaries to expand their business by including recreational marijuana as a part of their offering. Such operators will now be eligible to seek priority certification that is a prerequisite for obtaining a commercial license. In November 2016, voters had approved a ballot initiative, legalizing adult use of marijuana for recreational purposes in the state.

Speaking about the landmark decision of the state government, Michael Dundas, president of Sira Naturals that owns three medical marijuana dispensaries, said, “Today marks a milestone in adult use of cannabis in Massachusetts.” Just like Dundas, many other cannabis entrepreneurs in the state are hopeful that this new law would help their businesses to expand dramatically. “I think you’re going to see a steady climb of applications coming in and then as cities and towns get more inclined to approve them, you’ll see more actual licenses being issued,” said Shawn Collins, executive director of the CCC.

Although experts predict a spike in the number of applications, they are unsure whether communities across the state would be comfortable with recreational weed shops operating in their vicinity. Moreover, operating a medical marijuana dispensary is way different from running a recreational pot shop. Massachusetts is expected to start selling adult-use marijuana from July 1, 2018. However, new shops will not get enough time for preparation, as the cannabis commission can’t distribute licenses before June 1. In such a condition, medical marijuana dispensaries, which are already operating in the state, will have an edge.

Marijuana is an addictive drug

Currently, most Americans are lost amid the loud clamor for marijuana legalization that are transforming people’s attitudes toward the drug. Such a large-scale acceptance of weed by people across communities and neighborhoods has made them overlook the addictive and harmful side of the drug. Research suggests that marijuana contains a psychoactive ingredient — delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — a mind-altering neurotoxin responsible for inducing compulsive drug-seeking urges in chronic users.

Significantly, marijuana is an illegal drug at the federal level. Marijuana continues to be classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) because of its addictive nature and high potential for abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S., with 22.2 million users. In fact, studies suggest that it is almost impossible to grow up in America and escape the allure of marijuana.

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