Marijuana Licensing Overview

Adult-use Marijuana Retail Establishment UPDATES!

The Town has a maximum cap of four Special Permits and four Licenses for retail marijuana establishments. As of September 2021, four establishments, NETA, Sanctuary Medicinals,  Mission MA Inc, and Comm Ave Canna have received Special Permits and Licenses. Three retailers are operational; NETA, Mission, and Sanctuary Medicinals.

The Select Board is sponsoring a warrant article to add two new marijuana retail licences exclusively for Economic Empowerment Applicants and Social Equity Participants per an Equity Policy. The Select Board Marijuana Equity Policy. was voted and approved on November 2, 2021.

Steps to Apply for an Adult-use Marijuana Retail License

  1. Enter a Host Community Agreement with the Select Board (Select Board's Office)
  2. Apply to the Cannabis Control Commission
  3. Complete Site Plan Review (Planning & Zoning and Building Departments)
  4. Receive all necessary zoning relief (Planning & Zoning Department)
  5. Apply for a Select Board Marijuana Establishment License (Select Board's Office)

NEW: Marijuana Delivery Operator License

The new Marijuana Delivery Operator Licenses are available exclusively for Certified Economic Empowerment Priority Applicants (EEAs) and Social Equity Program (SEP) Participants for a minimum of three years. The Planning Department submitted Articles 19 &  20, which outline the regulations pertaining to Marijuana Delivery Operator Licenses in the Town of Brookline. On June 3, 2021, Town Meeting voted in support of the proposed Delivery Regulations. The Town is waiting for AG approval before it accepts any requests Host Community Agreements for Delivery Operators and Couriers. However, the new HCAs for Marijuana Delivery Licenses have been voted and approved by the Select Board. You can find the approved Delivery Courier and Delivery Operator HCAs here.

NEW: Marijuana Courier License

The new Marijuana Delivery Operator Licenses are available exclusively for Certified Economic Empowerment Priority Applicants (EEAs) and Social Equity Program (SEP) Participants for a minimum of three years. The Planning Department submitted Articles 19 &  20, which outline the regulations pertaining to Marijuana Delivery Operator Licenses in the Town of Brookline. On June 3, 2021, Town Meeting voted in support of the proposed Delivery Regulations. The Town is waiting for AG approval before it accepts any requests Host Community Agreements for Delivery Operators and Couriers. However, the new HCAs for Marijuana Delivery Licenses have been voted and approved by the Select Board. You can find the approved Delivery Courier and Delivery Operator HCAs here.

Delivery Courier FAQ

The Delivery Courier FAQ answers some common questions relating to municipal taxes, regulations, and operations.

Please contact Melissa Goff, Deputy Town Administrator for any marijuana license-related matter.

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Melissa Goff

Deputy Town Administrator


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