Marijuana milestone as Mass. issues first recreational pot license

This June 28, 2017 file photo shows marijuana plants growing at the Desert Grown Farms cultivation facility in Las Vegas.
–John Locher/Associated Press/File 2017

The recreational marijuana era is officially underway in Massachusetts.

Officials at the Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday afternoon granted the state’s first-ever recreational marijuana license to a cultivation facility in Milford operated by Sira Naturals.

The unanimous decision by the agency’s five commissioners is a major milestone in the long process of implementing the state’s commercial marijuana market, which voters approved in a November 2016 ballot referendum.