The Commonwealth’s Cannabis Control Commission had their latest meeting yesterday afternoon and settled some business for us here, locally.
The commission, unanimously, gave the go-ahead to Solar Therapeutics in Somerset to begin selling medicinal cannabis. They’ve been a recreational retailer solely since their opening in September of 2019.
Questions still persist, however, as to how a pipeline will be maintained of product. A lot of issues are popping up across the legalized states of America in terms of supply as this budding industry is not short on demand.
"The challenge becomes opening up enough cultivation facilities to meet that demand,” Jim Borghesani said. “One of the issues is that cultivation takes three to four months for each crop. Until you get up to scale, it’s difficult to keep that pipeline of product coming to legal sale locations."
Borghesani acted as the spokesperson for Yes on 4, a movement that helped push for cannabis legalization in the Commonwealth. He said this issue is creating other problems, like purchase limits in some locations.
"We've seen this in Massachusetts - a limit on how much cannabis you can purchase,” he said. “If they let everyone purchase as much as they want or as allowed, they simply don't have enough supply.”
The recreational cannabis advocate said there is a silver lining in all of this, the message is clear to the masses:
“This tells everybody that there is tremendous demand for legal cannabis," Borghesani said.
This isn’t just affecting the Commonwealth. States everywhere have an incredibly high demand for the once demonized substance known as the Devil’s Lettuce.
"The difficulty is that we simply don't have enough supply as we're seeing in Illinois,” Borghesani said. “We saw the same thing in Nevada. They opened dispensaries for adult-use there and they ran out of product in a matter of weeks. It was the same situation.”
Nevada seems to have additional issues that Massachusetts haven’t dealt with yet.
Now, in Nevada, there was a delivery problem too because they have a licensed delivery system that not enough people qualify for," Borghesani claimed.
The Commission in Massachusetts have 27 remaining provisional licenses left on the docket.