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First cultivator license could come tomorrow!

Sira Naturals operates a medical marijuana cultivation facility in Milford. The company has applied for two licenses: Cultivation and manufacturing.

The space they have in Milford spans 30,000 square feet, and 10,000 square feet are already in use growing medical marijuana, according to Sira Naturals CEO Michael Dundas.

The growing and gifting of marijuana became legal under Massachusetts law in December 2016, but Gov. Charlie Baker and state lawmakers tinkered with the timeline for retail pot shops.

Sira has not yet applied for a retail recreational license, though the company has medical marijuana dispensaries in Cambridge, Somerville and Needham.

The company is waiting for those communities to create zoning for recreational marijuana, and in the meantime, they’re open to selling their product on a “case by case basis” wholesale to companies that receive a retail marijuana license, Dundas told MassLive.

The Cannabis Control Commission’s Thursday meeting, set for 2 p.m. at 50 Milk Street in downtown Boston, does not include votes on any retail licenses.

Retail pot shops are widely expected to open in July 2018, though the exact date, and how many will actually be open, remains unclear, since the process involves cities and towns signing off.

While the July 1 date has been frequently mentioned in media reports, “the July 1 date has always been somewhat of an artificial, aspirational benchmark date,” Dundas said.

“It’s still going to take several more weeks and perhaps months before we see this industry up and on its feet,” he said.