What's happening now?
It is anticipated that by April 1, 2018, the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) could begin to accept applications to allow for Adult-use Marijuana Establishments to open in cities and towns across the Commonwealth where recreational marijuana uses were voted favorably. This includes Brookline, as residents voted (59.98% in favor) to legalize recreational Marijuana uses back in November 2016. Approved applications can open for business as early as June 1, 2018. The CCC has filed a final draft for Adult-Use Marijuana regulations on March 9, 2018 (currently pending approval).
Since Brookline residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana uses proposed by Question 4 (including retail [sales to the ultimate consumer], manufacturing, cultivation, and lab testing uses) in November of 2016, the Town, through its Licensing Review Committee and Planning Department, has begun to consider various approaches for local regulation. The Planning Department, in particular, has been working on new Zoning By-Laws to regulate these uses. Some decisions may require a town-wide voter referendum, whereas other decisions can be put in place through the adoption of By-Laws at Town Meeting. The goal is to file proposed General and Zoning By-laws for consideration at the May 2018 Annual Town Meeting so that measures can be in place once the State starts to issue licenses (as early as July 1, 2018). For a copy of the proposed General and Zoning By-laws under consideration at the May 2018 Annual Town Meeting, please click here: May 2018 Annual Town Meeting Marijuana-Related Warrant Articles (WAs 17-22).
Community Outreach Hearings:
In accordance with 935 CMR 500.101(2)(b)(7), Marijuana Establishments must hold a Community Outreach Hearing as part of the licensee's Application Requirements. Although the Community Outreach Meetings are not sponsored by the Town and are the responsibility of the applicant, we plan to post such notices on this page for your information.
The public is encouraged to attend. Interested residents may hear about the applicant's proposal and ask questions at the Community Outreach Hearing. For a date, time, and location information regarding Community Outreach Hearings, please click on the "Community Outreach Hearings" tab on the left-hand side of the screen.