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Marijuana sales in Mass. likely days away after regulators OK labs - The Boston Globe

Marijuana sales in Mass. likely days away after regulators OK labs - The Boston GlobeRecreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts are likely just days away, after state regulators said they had cleared two licensed cannabis testing laboratories to officially begin operations.Two labs — CDX Analytics in Salem and MCR Labs in Framingham — were issued “commence full operations” notices by the Cannabis Control Commission on Wednesday. Both labs received final licenses from the agency in mid-October but had to pass a final inspection and clear other minor regulatory hurdles before getting the official go-ahead to begin testing recreational pot for purity and potency. The move is a critical step toward the state’s first recreational sales, since retail pot shops can only sell products that have been tested by a licensed lab. Advertisement “When Massachusetts voters legalized adult-use cannabis, they communicated a desire to purchase products that are safely regulated and properly tested,” Shawn Collins, the commission’s executive director, said in a statement. “The commission has done scrupulous due diligence to make that vision a reality and ensure licensed independent testing labs maximize public health and public safety.” Get Today's Headlines in your inbox: The day's top stories delivered every morning. Sign Up Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here The labs must wait “a minimum of three calendar days to coordinate opening-day logistics with their host community, local law enforcement, marijuana establishment colleagues, and other essential stakeholders before adult-use operations begin,” the commission stated. Related Links Read Story Cannabis stocks rise after anti-pot AG Jeff Sessions resigns Marijuana stocks, already bolstered

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