Boston City Councilor Defends Process For Approving Marijuana Businesses

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) — Boston City Council held a hearing Tuesday on equity in the cannabis industry, where one city councilor defended the panel’s process for approving marijuana businesses.

Some people have said Boston has been slow in allowing marijuana businesses and that there are too many restrictions.

At Tuesday’s committee hearing, Councilor Tim McCarthy said that after looking at the cannabis business in Colorado, he believes some restrictions are very important.

“I can’t tell you how many times I heard if you get the toothpaste out of the tube, you can’t get the toothpaste back in. For me, anytime this body has any opportunity to restrict a growing industry that could negatively affect our neighborhoods, it’s a positive,” McCarthy said.  


Other councilors said there needs to be a policy in place to ensure that minorities are a part of the marijuana business as it gets up and running in Boston.

Massachusetts’ two marijuana retail shops are in their second week of sales. The Cannabis Control Commission said the stores in Leicester and Northampton sold more than $2.5 million of marijuana and marijuana-related products.

Customers spent, on average, about $40 per unit. Last Friday was the busiest sales day.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports



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