June 21, 2018

Milford's Sira Naturals awarded first legal marijuana growing license

Photo | Matt Wright
Sira Naturals CEO Michael Dundas in the company's Milford facility

Milford-based Sira Naturals has been awarded the state's first recreational marijuana license, allowing it to grow recreational marijuana at its facility in town.

The Cannabis Control Commission unanimously approved the license for Sira Naturals, which currently operates medical dispensaries in Cambridge, Needham and Somerville.

Sira will be able to grow up to 20,000 square feet of marijuana at their facility on Commercial Way in Milford, an industrial park off of I-495.

The company already grows marijuana and manufactures edibles for the medical market, and some of those products can be sold to recreational customers, CCC Executive Director Shawn Collins said, according to the State House News Service.

Sira was the first to submit its application, doing so on April 18. The company is also in compliance with all town bylaws, Collins said.

The license awarded is provisional, meaning Sira will still have to comply with state and federal background checks, pay a $5,000 annual fee and certify they are in compliance with medical marijuana regulations.

Business licenses could be awarded to companies since June 1, and retail sales could begin as soon as July 1.

However, the CCC has yet to issue any retail licenses before now.

When reached by phone, Sira Naturals CEO Michael Dundas said the company is gratified with the CCC's decision to award them the first legal marijuana business license on the East Coast.

He cautioned that the license is only for cultivation, and the company won't apply for retail licenses until the cities in which it operates dispensaries approve local zoning.

"Their work is done," he said of the CCC. "Our work now begins."

Information from the State House News Service was used in this report.

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