WORCESTER, Mass. - State Sen. Michael Moore (D-Worcester) filed a bill to have a unit from the inspector general's office make sure the Cannabis Control Commission is not abusing its authority.

Moore has received reports about issues with how the commission investigates complaints and hands out licenses, more specifically, the timeline in which they do so. Moore said some retailers weren't able to do business for several months while they were waiting and it almost caused them to close down. 

"Basically right before Thanksgiving, they had to lay off 10 people just before the holidays and all it really had to do was just getting an inspection done," Moore said about one retailer's experience. "It was several months dealing with them about something that should have been a very quick and easy process."

This comes as marijuana establishments reached a new milestone in the Commonwealth. According to the Cannabis Control Commission, adult-use marijuana gross sales have passed $4 billion since 2018.