When he imagines the future of the developing marijuana industry in Massachusetts, Steven Hoffman, chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission, says he envisions a "safe industry that'll generate tax revenue for the state, cities and towns."

And in order to accomplish this, he's going to the people.

As the panel rushes to work out the regulatory kinks before pot shops open next year, they've scheduled a listening tour around the Commonwealth to meet with residents of cities and towns around the state to address their concerns and use those concerns to help draft industry regulation.

The seven-stop listening tour begins October 4 in Holyoke and continues in Barnstable, Roxbury, West Tisbury, Worcester, Boston and Pittsfiled.