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Priority Applications have been released!

“Economic empowerment” applicants are defined as applicants who can show “experience in or business practices that promote “economic empowerment” in areas that have been hit hard by high rates of arrest and incarceration due to the prohibition on marijuana.

The rest of the license types can start the application on May 1 or June 1, though that depends on the category they’re in.

On May 1, applicants will be accepted from microbusinesses, cultivators, craft marijuana cooperatives and independent testing labs, while on June 1, marijuana retailers, manufacturers and transporters can apply for licenses.

Retail pot shops are slated to open in Massachusetts this summer.

One medical marijuana outfit which owns a dispensary in downtown Boston, has already expressed interest in selling recreational marijuana. Patriot Care, which received approvals for its medical dispensary by promising not to sell recreational marijuana, is now seeking to reverse course, according to WGBH News.

The state currently has 22 medical marijuana dispensaries, which fall under the purview of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, though oversight is scheduled to be transferred before the end of this year.