Berkshire Roots, which plans to grow and sell pot, still awaits final state OK

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PITTSFIELD — More than six weeks after earning a license to sell recreational cannabis, Berkshire Roots still awaits a final state inspection before it can swing open its Pittsfield doors.

The company would be the third to sell recreational cannabis in the county, and the first Berkshire retailer to grow and manufacture its cannabis products on-site. Theory Wellness in Great Barrington and Temescal Wellness in Pittsfield, which both opened to the general adult public in January, have production facilities outside the Berkshires.

Matt Feeney, an owner at Berkshire Roots, said he is disappointed that the Pittsfield store hasn't been able to commence recreational sales yet.

"Nobody's more frustrated," he said.

Berkshire Roots is busy doing what the Cannabis Control Commission asks of the company, he said, and "I can't imagine it's going to be much longer."

Feeney declined to elaborate on the steps the commission asked his company to take, but said the approval process is complex.

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"It's a really, really detailed process, and I don't think it's unique to us," he said.

According to information provided by the commission, all inventory must be properly tagged and uploaded into the required seed-to-sale tracking system, Metrc, before the final inspection. Commission staff will then confirm that conditions of the final license have been met, and that agents of the establishment are registered and properly badged before approving the start of recreational sales.

A spokesperson for the commission did not respond to requests for more details about what the company must accomplish in order to win an appointment for a final inspection.

So far, there are 11 retailers open statewide, four of which are in Western Massachusetts — two in Berkshire County and two in Hampshire County.

Silver Therapeutics in Williamstown received its final license March 7 but also awaits a final nod from the commission. Two other Pittsfield retailers, Slang and Green Biz, received provisional licenses on the same date. A Lee retailer, Canna Provisions, received its provisional license in February.

Companies with provisional licenses must receive final licenses before working with the state to land a final inspection.

Amanda Drane can be contacted at, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.


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