During the 90-minute mostly question-and-answer exchange with the audience, Hoffman focused on regulations and the 10 types of licenses the commission will eventually issue.
“I love entrepreneurship, and this industry is ripe for it,” Hoffman said.
Constantinos “Dino” Mitrokostas, owner of Dino’s Sports Bar in Mashpee, has his sights set on one of the “social consumption” licenses to sell marijuana pizza.
“I’ve been working on it for a while,” he said. “People are already cooking with marijuana in Colorado. If there’s a market (for marijuana pizza), we’ll fill it.”
Mitrokostas said he already has a tagline for the business if he receives a license: “take and get baked.”
Tim McCarthy, a co-founder of the Outer Cape Cannabis Connection, seeks a “craft marijuana cooperative” license once they finalize what has become a contentious host community agreement process with Truro.
“I’m here to listen and seek advice,” said McCarthy. “We’re going to create jobs.”
Hoffman said the process for zoning and host community agreements is a “mess” that has led to delays statewide.
The Barnstable Town Council will hold a public hearing on two proposed recreational marijuana zoning amendments at its meeting Thursday night.
“Barnstable needs to think about job and revenue losses,” said Hoffman, noting the town does have the option to ban some license categories, such as retail, but allow others like cultivation.
One member of the audience posed an obvious question to Hoffman: “When can I walk into a store and buy some?”
For some parts of the state, sales could begin as early as fall, after independent test laboratories are operational, according to Hoffman. Retail sales outlets on the Cape and Islands will likely lag behind the rest of the state.