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 (59.98% in favor) to legalize recreational marijuana uses back in November 2016. Approved applications can open for business as early as July 1, 2018.
The law permits local regulation of recreational marijuana establishments with some limitations. Therefore, the Town, through its Licensing Review Committee, has proposed various approaches for local regulation. The Planning Department, in particular, has been working on new zoning by-laws to regulate these uses. Together, the local regulations proposed were voted favorably at the May 2018 Annual Town Meeting.