ROCKY MOUNTAIN, Mass.
— — Recreational marijuana is coming to Massachusetts in 2018.
And now the state will have a recreational marijuana market to boot.
The Massachusetts Cannabis Regulatory Commission (MCRC) announced Thursday it will start accepting recreational marijuana in 2018, with the goal of selling it nationwide by the end of 2020.
The announcement follows the establishment of a new regulatory system that will govern the recreational market in the Commonwealth, the state Attorney General said Thursday.
In addition to the recreational marijuana business, the Massachusetts Cannabis Commission will oversee the cultivation, processing, packaging, distribution, retail sale, and sale of medical marijuana.
Massachusetts will not legalize recreational marijuana until 2022, when the Legislature takes up a bill to legalize recreational use.
“Massachusetts is taking this important step to allow the recreational cannabis industry to thrive in our state,” Gov.
Charlie Baker said in a statement.
“We are proud to be leading the way and we will work to make sure that every Massachusetts resident can enjoy the benefits of the cannabis industry.”
Massport will become the state’s first marijuana retailer, allowing patients to buy and smoke recreational marijuana at dispensaries.
It will be the first marijuana retail store in the nation, according to the state Department of Public Health and Environment.
A recreational marijuana store will be located at the corner of Route 9 and East Main Street, just north of the Massachusetts Turnpike.
According to the MCRC website, the commission has “reached out to stakeholders and stakeholders have responded to our needs.”
“We’ve already been working closely with businesses and individuals to determine where the best location would be to offer a safe and convenient place to purchase recreational marijuana and grow it for personal use,” said MCRC Chairman Michael G. McBride.
For more information about recreational marijuana, go to: www.mccr.state.ma.us/legal/marijuana-licensing-registry.html and www.mcrc.state of michigan.com.