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POT LICENSES COULD BE ROLLED OUT ON TIMELINE, CCC CHAIR SAYS [+VIDEO]

By Colin A. Young
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 13, 2018.....With the chorus of critics calling for the Cannabis Control Commission to pump the brakes on its rollout of an expansive legal marijuana industry growing louder, the top marijuana regulator said Tuesday the agency will debate later this month whether it should license only certain types of marijuana businesses to open July 1 and wait to license others.

After a Cannabis Control Commission meeting Tuesday, Chairman Steven Hoffman said there are "tradeoffs" in slowing the CCC's proposed licensing timeline. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

Gov. Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and others have called on the CCC to scale back the industry envisioned in its draft regulations -- which includes marijuana cafes, delivery-only marijuana businesses, and the ability for establishments like cinemas and massage parlors to offer limited marijuana products -- at least until an initial retail market takes hold.


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