1st legal marijuana stores are open in Massachusetts, but industry is far from mature

Shira Schoenberg takes a close look at the Massachusetts cannabis industry as recreational dispensaries are on the brink of opening, “After years of preparation and debate, legal marijuana is now a reality in Massachusetts.” 

Although there are many challenges for the new, highly regulated industry, cannabis advocates note that the consumption of cannabis is nothing new in Massachusetts.

“’It’s a huge market, but it’s not a market that the licensed companies are creating,’ said Karen Munkacy, CEO of the medical marijuana company Garden Remedies, which is working to open recreational stores. ‘It’s just we’re taking products that are being sold by criminals and are untested and can be unsafe and providing product that is tested, safe and taxed.’”

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