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Massachusetts OKs 3rd Dispensary; No Locations Are Open Yet


BOSTON (AP) — A third marijuana retailer has been awarded a final license by Massachusetts regulators, but no dispensaries have opened yet in the state.

The Cannabis Control Commission approved the license Nov. 1, 2018, for Pharmacannis Massachusetts of Wareham. The company operates a medical marijuana dispensary in the town and hopes to begin selling recreational marijuana as well.

The commission earlier approved final licenses for retail sales to New England Treatment Access in Northampton and Cultivate Holdings in Leicester. Those stores are expected to be the first in the state to open for adult recreational customers — likely by the end of November 2018.

Before opening, operators must register all of their employees with regulators and enter their inventories in a state database.

Massachusetts voters approved marijuana legalization in 2016 by passing Question 4 with nearly 54 percent in favor.