It is anticipated that by April 1st, 2018, the State could begin to accept applications to allow recreational marijuana establishments to open in cities and towns across the Commonwealth where recreational marijuana uses were voted favorably. This includes Brookline, as residents voted (60% in favor) to legalize recreational marijuana uses back in November 2016. Approved applications can open for business as early as June 1, 2018.
Statewide: By April 1, 2018, the Cannabis Control Commission must be ready to accept license application. The Commission is currently drafting regulations for the use and distribution of marijuana not medically prescribed. We anticipate they can approve license applications by June 1, 2018, allowing establishments to open for business.
Local level: In November 2016, Brookline residents voted (60% in favor) to legalize recreational marijuana uses proposed by Question 4 including retail (sales to the ultimate consumer), manufacturing, cultivation, and lab testing uses. In response, the Town, through its Licensing Review Committee, 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 decision 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 local regulation 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.