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Illegal pot market thrives amid lags in rolling out Mass. law

People waited in line for hours on the opening day of sales of marijuana to the general public at a site in Northampton in November 2018. –Joseph Prezioso/File/AFP/Getty Images

Just what are state officials smoking?

I was mystified at Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commissioner Britte McBride’s assertion that the paramount intended effect of the marijuana legalization law was to “reduce the illicit market’’ (“State’s illegal pot market still robust,’’ Page A1, Feb. 3).

First, if she really thinks this is the case, then why the painfully slow rollout of the mechanisms for the state’s legal pot marketplace? One surefire way to achieve a significant reduction in illicit sales is to do more to enable licit sales, as proven by the experience in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon.

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