Are recreational marijuana companies preparing to open in your community? Check our maps

Editor’s note: This story was initially published in July 2018 and will be frequently updated with the latest data from the Cannabis Control Commission. The story was last updated with data from Nov. 20. Read more marijuana coverage here.

The maps and tables below, based on data from the commission, show where prospective operators hope to set up shop and grow, process, or retail cannabis for consumers, as well as the stores that have already opened. Full descriptions of license types and applications stages can be found below the map and table.

As of November 20, 100 different firms and entrepreneurs across Massachusetts have filed 192 applications for recreational marijuana licenses to the state Cannabis Control Commission.

Companies that hold final licenses are nearly ready to open, while those with provisional permits must still undergo inspections and clear other hurdles before beginning recreational operations.


Operators that have only submitted an application but not yet received a license are still weeks or months away from opening. Some of these applicants will be asked to submit more information before their submissions are considered complete.

In a few cases, a company may have submitted an application prematurely, without first securing permission from the city or town in which it hopes to operate. Those applications won’t make it very far, as the state commission only issues a license after confirming with local officials that the company has won municipal approval — and after inspecting the business to ensure it meets a long list of other regulatory requirements.

Types of licenses

• Cultivation — companies that plan to grow and package cannabis, including craft cooperatives (groups of small-scale farmers that market their products under a single brand)

• Retail — marijuana stores that sell flower and related products to consumers

• Transporter — companies that will ship marijuana between licensed facilities; for example, from a cultivator to a retailer.


• Manufacturer — companies that will process marijuana flower into a variety of products, including concentrates, edibles, lotions, and so on.

• Research — organizations that plan to study marijuana, including its medical uses and the plant’s properties.

• Laboratory — Labs will analyze marijuana and cannabis products for purity and potency

• Microbusiness — Small, independent, locally-owned marijuana cultivation and manufacturing companies eligible for reduced state fees

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