Resources on Marijuana Establishment Proposals

Overview of the Process

The process to open an adult-use marijuana establishment in Brookline has many stages. 

  • The first is the host community agreement (HCA) process, which requires a community meeting hosted by the applicant. 
  • Concurrently, and after a location has been identified, the applicant can schedule their pre-application meeting with the Planning and Building Departments. Generally this step happens prior to application to the state.
  • After the applicant applies to the state for their license, and after their pre-application meeting, they can then seek reports from various departments in the town, such as the Health, Police, Transportation and Fire departments. 
  • The department reports are often required during the pre-application meeting to apply for a denial letter from the Building Department, which begins the special permit process. 
  • After a denial letter is issued, the applicant can then apply to the Planning Department for a special permit. This process requires a Planning Board meeting and a Zoning Board of Appeals hearing, both of which are public.
  •  If the applicant is successful in receiving a special permit, they may apply to the Select Board for a license. 

The marijuana establishment pages seek to provide local information pertaining to proposals for adult-use marijuana establishments in Brookline. Please contact Maria Morelli, Senior Planner, with any questions. 

For information on how to apply to operate as a marijuana establishment click here. For a quick link to the Zoning regulations approved at town meeting click here

Business Name
Type of Establishment
Special permit granted? Select Board  license issued?
Link to webpage
New England Treatment Access (NETA) 170 Washington Street Retail Marijuana Select Board License issued 11/27/18 Yes Yes NETA Link
Sanctuary Medicinals 1351 Beacon Street Retail Marijuana Select Board License issued 8/6/19 Yes Yes
Comm Ave Canna, Inc 1030 Commonwealth Avenue Retail Marijuana Host Community Agreement 10/31/18,
Currently in Site Plan Review Fall 2019
    Canna Link
Mission Massachusetts 1022-1024 Commonwealth Avenue Retail Marijuana Host Community Agreement 11/1/18,
Currently in Site Plan Review Fall 2019
    Mission Link
Ascend Mass 1032 Beacon Street Retail Marijuana Application Withdrawn WITHDRAWN WITHDRAWN NA