Editor’s note: This story was last updated on Nov. 5 with the latest data from the Cannabis Control Commission.
Two years after Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure legalizing cannabis, recreational marijuana companies are finally on the verge of opening.
As of November 1, 92 different firms and entrepreneurs across Massachusetts have filed 180 applications for recreational marijuana licenses to the state Cannabis Control Commission.
The maps and tables below, based on data from the commission, show where those prospective operators hope to set up shop and grow, process, or retail cannabis for consumers.
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.
In all likelihood, the first two retail shops to open will be those that first received provisional permits over the summer: Cultivate in Leicester and New England Treatment Access (NETA) in Northampton. Officials expect those ribbon-cuttings to happen sometime in November.
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.
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