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Massachusetts cannabis commission gets another $2.7 million to work out regs

BOSTON — Marijuana regulators in Massachusetts have been given some more funding to do their job.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed a bill that appropriates $2.7 million for the Cannabis Control Commission.

The five-member panel is overseeing the implementation of the voter-approved law that legalized adult use of recreational marijuana.

Added to a $2.3 million reserve fund, the commission would have $5 million to work with through the rest of the fiscal year which ends June 30. The regulators had hoped for up to $7 million to fully implement the law.

The commission hopes to release proposed regulations by the end of the year and begin issuing licenses for retail marijuana stores by mid-2018.