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DISPENSARY DISPENSATION – As the state launches its latest information campaign around marijuana and the dangers of impaired driving, regulators are still working to actually set up the legal recreational dispensaries that were a part of the marijuana legalization law authorized by voters in 2016.
Regulators have been running behind their self-imposed timeline to have dispensaries up and running by July 2018 (such is life when you’re the ones who make the rules). One key hurdle to the dispensaries actually opening is also opening testing labs. No testing labs have yet been licensed, and under the state’s rules, all marijuana products sold from licensed dispensaries must be tested. Regulators on Thursday also approved a handful of more new provisional licenses for retail marijuana shops around the state … which essentially can’t open until one of those testing labs opens up.
But it appears those testing facilities aren’t that far off. WBUR’s Steve Brown tweeted yesterday that Cannabis Control Commission Executive Director Shawn Collins said he’s “fairly confident applications for one or two independent testing labs will be presented to the Commission at their next meeting.”
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