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Loophole In Massachusetts Could Help Marijuana Dispensary Speed Up Sales

NETA’s Northampton dispensary plans to begin recreational sales with only a retail license

One marijuana business has identified a loophole in state regulations that could help it speed up the process of opening what would be one of the first adult use dispensaries in Massachusetts.

New England Treatment Access, or NETA, was one of two adult use marijuana dispensaries given a final license by the Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday, the penultimate step in a lengthy process to begin sales of recreational marijuana. The final step is an inspection of the business. The regulator has said recreational sales could begin in a matter of weeks.

But unlike Cultivate, a Leicester-based medical marijuana company that received a recreational license from the state for every part of its supply chain — from retail to cultivation to product manufacturing — NETA’s Northampton dispensary plans to begin recreational sales with only a retail license. That’s because NETA plans to transfer cannabis from its medical marijuana cultivation facility to the recreational dispensary.

 

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