Recreational Marijuana Information

Beginning April 1, 2018, the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) has accepted applications to allow for Adult-use Marijuana Establishments to open in cities and towns across the Commonwealth where recreational marijuana uses were voted favorably. In November 2016, Brookline Town Meeting voted (59.98% in favor) to legalize recreational marijuana uses. 

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Caps on Special Permits and Licenses

The Town has a maximum cap of four Special Permits and four Licenses for retail marijuana establishments. As of April 2021, four establishments, NETA, Sanctuary Medicinals, Mission MA, and Comm Ave Canna have received Special Permits.  NETA and Sanctuary Medicinals have received licenses and are currently in operation. Mission MA and Comm Ave Canna are in the licensing process. 

State Laws

For the latest version of the State laws (Enabling Legislation, Statutes, and Regulations), please the Cannabis Control Commission's webpage, The Laws. Note the the CCC updated 935 CMR 500.000 (Adult Use of Marijuana) in November 2019.

By-Laws

Pertinent Sections of the General By-Law

  • 8.30.2 – [LICENSE] Applicant’s Submission To Fingerprinting By The Brookline Police Department
  • 8.34 - REGISTERED MARIJUANA DISPENSARY (RMD) LICENSES
  • 8.37 - MARIJUANA ESTABLISHMENTS*
  • 8.38 - MARIJUANA AND HEMP AND MARIJUANA AND HEMP PRODUCTS
  • (*) Warrant Article 21 - Amendment to Sec. 8.37 passed at Town Meeting Spring 2019

Pertinent Sections of the Zoning By-Law 

[Online bylaw includes amendment passed at Town Meeting Fall 2018 changing the minimum between Marijuana establishments to 200 feet irrespective of whether it’s on the first or second floor.]

  • Sec. 2.13 – Definitions (all)
  • Table 4.07 – Tables of Uses
    • 20B
    • 20C
    • 29A
    • 29B
    • 36C
    • 38D
    • 46B
    • 65A
    • Footnote-2
  • Sec. 4.12 REGISTERED MARIJUANA DISPENSARY (RMD)
  • Sec. 4.13 MARIJUANA ESTABLISHMENTS
  • NOTE: The Planning Department has submitted to Town Meeting Spring 2021 amendments to the General and Zoning Bylaw to allow two new license types: Marijuana Courier and Marijuana Delivery Operator. 

Applying To Operate

To apply to operate as a Marijuana Establishment in Brookline, please visit the Apply to Operate as a Marijuana Establishment page.

Status of Marijuana Establishment Proposals

Click HERE for a list of proposals, status of proposal applications, and links to ZBA Decisions for Special Permits granted, and conditions for licenses granted by Select Board.

Contact

Contact Monique Baldwin, Cannabis Licensing and Mitigation Coordinator at mbaldwin@brooklinema.gov about opening an cannabis business in Brookline.