Currently, the state is open to medical marijuana business applications. All applicants are required to incorporate as a non-profit, have passed a criminal record check for an excluded felony offense, and have $500,000 as initial capital.
⦁ The first licenses would be issued on Jan. 1, 2018. Existing medical marijuana dispensaries would have preference.
⦁ If a new Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) is not ready to issue licenses, existing medical marijuana dispensaries would be automatically authorized to begin growing, packaging and selling pot for recreational use on this date.
⦁ Marijuana stores would be allowed in every city and town unless voters in the municipality approve a local ban. This is in contrast to the state's medical marijuana law, which requires dispensaries to secure local support before they receive a state license.
⦁ As for the number of marijuana stores, municipalities would have to allow up to 20 percent of the number of licensed liquor stores. Local governments could set a lower limit, but only by approval of voters in that city or town.
⦁ Application and license fees shall not exceed:
(i) For an initial application, $3,000;
(ii) For a license for a retail marijuana store, $15,000;
(iii) For a license for a marijuana product manufacturer, $15,000;
(iv) For a license for a marijuana cultivator, $15,000; and
(v) For a license for a marijuana testing facility, $10,000.
The state allows non-profit organizations to open a dispensary 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:
The situation is nearly identical to that of dispensaries. The city and county would need to allow you to be licensed before you can be allowed to cultivate for medical purposes. However, you would be required to own/operate a dispensary in order to cultivate medical cannabis but the steps will be similar:
These types of business are allowed but just like cultivation you will be required to own/operate a dispensary in order to sell marijuna extracts/concentrates, marijuana edibles and infused products. The steps are similar to all the other businesses.