How does Brookline’s marijuana host community agreement stack up? – News – Wicked LocalPosted by On

Two years and a day after Gov. Charlie Baker signed the state’s marijuana law into effect, lawmakers recently weighed issues that have proven to be the among the thorniest for regulators, including the statutorily-mandated contracts between marijuana businesses and their host communities.

The Cannabis Control Commission has been wrestling with host community agreement (HCA) policy for nearly a year while activists and business owners have pointed to the required agreements as one reason for the slower-than-anticipated rollout of the retail marijuana market and as a barrier that’s keeping small businesses from establishing themselves in the new industry.

State law requires applicants for marijuana business licenses to enter into agreements with host communities before the CCC will consider an application. The law stipulates that those agreements cannot run for more than five years and that the community impact fee paid to the municipality by the licensee cannot exceed 3…

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