CCC Chairman On The State Of Marijuana In Massachusetts

It’s now been more than six months since sales of legal recreational marijuana began in Massachusetts. The chairman of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission, Steve Hoffman, spoke with WGBH All Things Considered anchor Barbara Howard about the legal pot industry. This transcript has been edited for clarity.Barbara Howard: You’re in charge of licensing marijuana businesses. Where are we right now? What are the numbers?Steve Hoffman: We have 171 provisional licenses that have been issued. We have 46 open facilities, including 19 retail stores. As of the end of May, there has been approximately $140 million in retail sales in the state since we opened the first stores in November.Howard: And this is not clustered in one space, this is in all corners of the state?

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