Massachusetts Marijuana Board Mistakenly Gives 10 Applicants Priority Status

Massachusetts Marijuana Board Mistakenly Gives 10 Applicants Priority Status

The Cannabis Control Commission blamed the error on a faulty transcription.

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May 14, 2018
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The Cannabis Control Commission accidentally gave out priority status to 10 recreational marijuana businesses, blaming the error on a faulty transcription.

At its meeting on Tuesday, the commission has voted to withdraw the priority status approval of the 10 applicants, pending further review, saying the applicants didn’t meet the commission’s criteria.

"There are 10 applications that should have been, based on staff review and recommendations ... recommended for denial," said Cannabis Control Commission Executive Director Shawn Collins at the meeting. "They were inadvertently recommended on our approved list. It's unfortunate. We will be in touch with those applicants to inform them this error did occur."

The commission has been giving out priority status to existing medical marijuana dispensaries or individuals who have been disenfranchised by previous marijuana laws. Priority status allowed businesses to submit an application for a recreational marijuana license so they are at the front of the line for review when the application process opens to everybody on June 1.

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