Boston issues first license to Marijuana Grower in Milford

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on June 24, 2018.

Boston’s first recreational marijuana business license was issued to a marijuana grower in Milford after State regulators voted unanimously Thursday.

The Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) granted marijuana business license to Sira Naturals. As per the license Sira Naturals can grow marijuana between 10,001 and 20,000 square feet at their indoor facility at 13 Commercial Way in Milford.

The CCC granted marijuana business license to Sira Naturals after learning that it was following all local zoning ordinances and town bylaws. The company had submitted its application before any other companies, on April 18.

The provisional license is conditional upon a fingerprint-based check of state and federal criminal databases, payment of the $5,000 annual license fee, a certification that the company is in compliance with the Department of Public Health's regulations for medical marijuana, and other conditions.

The CCC was allowed to issue business licenses to marijuana companies since June 1. After issuing license to Sira Naturals, the CCC now expects that retail sales will begin on or around July 1 even though the regulators have not yet licensed any retail shops.

CCC Chairman Steven Hoffman said that the CCC expects to consider license applications at its meetings for the foreseeable future.

"It's the beginning, not the end," he said. "This is the first license we're taking up for deliberation, but we expect as we go forward over the next few weeks and months that every meeting will have a few additional ones ... this is going to become a regular process.

Sira Naturals already grows marijuana for medical patients at its Milford cultivation facility and operates medical dispensaries in Cambridge, Somerville and Needham. It also grows more than 60 strains of marijuana and turns it into cookies, caramels and other edibles.

Sira Naturals now plans to be fully operational within four months of being licensed.

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