BOSTON — It’s been five years since recreational marijuana became legal in Massachusetts. In that time, the Cannabis Control Commission has granted 249 final licenses and 122 marijuana retailers have opened in the state.

Since November 2018 sales have grossed $1.45 billion, generating more than $90 million in sales tax alone to the state.

As the state grapples with this evolving industry, Boston 25 News is examining how the system is working.

“We grow the cannabis. We process the cannabis. We have a kitchen. We have a lab. We have retail dispensaries We handle everything from planting seeds to final sale,” says CEO Marc Rosenfeld.

Boston 25 News toured the CommCan hub and found everything from a production studio working on commercials for a pot-infused soda… to an automated machine that packages bud for sale.

For others to experience this type of success, President Ellen Rosenfield says the state and the CCC need to figure out the regulation issues. “I believe it’s the most difficult in any state to stay within parameters and the minute you think you’ve figured out how to do it, they come out with a whole new set,” says Ellen.


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