Sensi Magazine July 2018 - Boston Digital Edition
Jul 01, 2018 07:20AM ● Published by Amber Orvik
That’s the question, isn’t it? So let me save you the suspense. Yes. The answer is yes.
Given the developments over the last month—which, remember, is the first month where the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) was slated to issue licenses meeting proper requirements— anyone still holding on to some misguided idea that, as of July 1, the entire industry will be at full operational ability, is either misinformed or has missed waves of local news in the weeks leading up to rollout day.
The CCC has faced a daunting task to be sure, and recently have faced problems from towns not understanding or adhering to the Economic Empowerment Priority applications, to establishing social equity technical assistance, as well as providing resources for entrepreneurship programs aimed at small businesses looking to get into the cannabis space amongst many other headaches. All this has led to commissioner Steve Hoffman to proclaim in the weeks leading up to the legislative deadline: “We’re going to get it right. If that means we have few or no stores on July 1 and it takes a few more weeks, I hope and expect that everybody in the state believes that’s the right thing to do. We certainly believe that’s the right thing to do.”
At best, if the handful of RMDs and shops that have been cleared for adult use rec sales are not entirely out of stock in the first week or so (that is, stock not including the 35 percent of product that must be reserved for card-carrying medical patients) it will be a feat in itself. Sure, many existing dispensaries and cultivators ramped up production back in the winter but still, after the kickoff, the only thing greater than the wailing cries from prohibitionists feeling some warped sense of satisfaction (often gnashing their teeth and howling a version of “see...SEE??...slow down, or just nix legal weed”) will be the emergence of long lines and shortages in product. And, probably more than a few verbose social media posts from seasoned black market cultivators, caregivers, and armchair worshipers at the altar of #overgrowandshare; an understandable if hardly magnanimous position amidst the dawn of a fully regulated legal cannabis industry and the great Gold Rush of our modern age.
For those perhaps coming across this month’s issue and reading this from a shockingly uninformed position, don’t worry—the tax windfalls won’t go to fixing your local roads or become a needed revenue stream for city coffers for changing the fiscal solvency of your public services and schools. Just ask the towns and cities in Washington State and Colorado that did the same. They’ll tell you all about it.
So if market stability is a ways off, as will be anything resembling fair product prices in comparison to the black market—which is still here and will undoubtedly remain likely for the next few years until the growing pains are over—the only difference between June 30 and July 1 will be how quick you can get your dude on the line for a delivery when everyone else is still trying to figure out if there’s parking at the dispensary they’re making a pilgrimage to. Things are just getting started, and the attention and ground-zero-ness of Massachusetts and what many are already projecting to be a robust and industry-leading example for the national industry will bring the curious from far and wide to check it out first hand. Some will be local, others will be driving from miles and even states away (we see you, southern New Hampshire). But wherever people are coming from they will all be getting to savor a sliver of success brought on by years of Bay State activism, legal efforts, organizing, de-stigmatizing and re-education at a greater cultural level.
We’ll save you a spot in line.
Dan McCarthy // MANAGING EDITOR // SENSI BOSTON
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