What's happening now?
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. 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 CCC has filed a final draft for Adult-Use Marijuana regulations on March 9, 2018 (PDF).
Since Brookline residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana uses proposed by Question 4 (including retail sales to the ultimate consumer, manufacturing, cultivation, and lab testing uses) in November of 2016, the Town, through its Licensing Review Committee and Planning Department, has proposed various approaches for local regulation. The Planning Department, in particular, has been working on new Zoning By-Laws to regulate these uses. The goal was to propose General and Zoning By-laws for consideration at the May 2018 Annual Town Meeting in order to have measures will be in place once the State starts to issue licenses (as early as July 1, 2018). For a copy of the General and Zoning By-Laws approved at the May 2018 Annual Town Meeting, please visit the Additional Resources page.
Community Outreach Hearings:
In accordance with 935 CMR 500.101(2)(b)(7), Marijuana Establishments must hold a Community Outreach Hearing as part of the licensee's Application Requirements. Although the Community Outreach Meetings are not sponsored by the Town and are the responsibility of the applicant, we plan to post such notices on this page for your information. Learn more about Community Outreach Hearings from the Cannabis Control Commission's Guidance Documents.
The public is encouraged to attend. Interested residents may hear about the applicant's proposal and ask questions at the Community Outreach Hearing. For a date, time, and location information regarding Community Outreach Hearings, please visit Marijuana Establishment Proposals.