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What marijuana/cannabis businesses can you start in Massachusetts?

Under the new regulations, enacted as of November 8, 2016, Massachusetts became the first state on the East Coast to be open to recreational marijuana businesses.

The regulations of this measure, which will become effective December 15, 2016, have provisions for:

    • Retail marijuana stores
    • Marijuana product manufacturers
    • Marijuana cultivators
    • Marijuana testing facilities

As of right now, the state has yet to establish an application process. They are mandated to start accepting applications by no later than October 1, 2017, but at this time, they are not currently accepting them and have given no indication of a timeline. According to the regulations, these facilities must be allowed to commence business operations no later than January 1, 2018.

What can I do right now?

To get ahead and be prepared for when the state will start licensing marijuana businesses, you should:

      • Read through the regulations and determine what business type you'd like to have.
      • Get our free starter package to give you a general overview of what to expect when the state will start licensing marijuana businesses.
      • You'll need a business plan for licensing and even more so if you'll be seeking financing and investors or partners. See our Marijuana Company Business Plans page for details - choose "Pre-Legalization" under the "State" drop down menu to get a business plan that provides the most flexibility with the current unknown regulations.
      • If you're serious and want to determine what moves you can be making right now to get a leg up on the competition for licenses - get one of our marijuana business consultation packages and let our expert Associates review your situation and instruct on the intelligent moves you could be making now to increase your chances of winning licenses. 

        How to Open a Marijuana Retail Store in Massachusetts?

        The state will allow marijuana retail stores to open in Massachusetts. Whether this is possible or not will hinge entirely on the city and/or county of choice as the state allows the local municipalities to ban or place moratoriums on whether to license dispensaries for operation or not. 

        The fees associated with the applications are as follows:

          • Initial Application shall not exceed $3,000
          • License for retail marijuana store - $15,000
          1. Setup your Marijuana Business Corporate Structure.
          2. Create your Marijuana Retail Business Plan
          3. Determine your potential location(s) and investigate whether licensing is possible in the prospective cities or counties.
          4. Acquire the necessary licenses to operate your retail store and be completely legal and compliant.
          5. Install the operational infrastructure to be in accordance with all regulations and then open your doors for business.
          6. Contract with cultivators and/or edible/extraction/infused products manufacturers to grow and produce marijuana products for you, if you don't want to do it yourself.

        How To Grow/Cultivate Marijuana Legally in Massachusetts

        Same as Retail Store steps, the only difference is that you will be contracting with dispensaries, delivery services and/or edible/extraction/infused products manufacturers to grow marijuana for them.

        The fees associated with the applications are as follows:

          • Initial Application shall not exceed $3,000
          • License for marijuana cultivator - $15,000

            How To Start a Marijuana Edibles, Marijuana Infused Products or Marijuana Extractions Business In Massachusetts

            Same as Retail Store steps, the only difference is that you will be contracting with dispensaries and delivery services to provide your products to customers as well as contract with cultivators to grow marijuana for you, if you don't want to do it yourself.

            The fees associated with the applications are as follows:

              • Initial Application shall not exceed $3,000
              • License for marijuana product manufacturer - $15,000

              The latest marijuana industry news, laws, & frequently asked questions for Massachusetts.