How do I apply for license to open a marijuana establishment in Brookline?

All Marijuana Establishments go through a two-step process with multiple opportunities for public comment.

  1. As part of the application process for a Special Permit, the applicant must obtain reports from Police Fire, Health, Transportation Departments and sign off from the Building and Planning Departments for that particular Marijuana Establishment and its specific location. The Departments will generate reports to the Zoning Board of Appeals based on their expertise and any pertinent public feedback. The Zoning Board of Appeals will consider the reports in determining whether or not to issue a Special Permit.
  2. The license application process is similar to that for liquor licenses. The Select Board determines whether an applicant should be issued a license.

The applicant cannot open for business without a Special Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals, a license from the Select Board, and a license from the State.

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1. I’ve heard Brookline is a “yes” community- what is a “yes” community, and how does living in a “yes” community impact me?
2. What are the rules for marijuana establishments?
3. How were the town by-laws drafted?
4. Where can marijuana establishments locate in Brookline?
5. What does a licensing scheme do?
6. What is the maximum number of marijuana retailers in town?
7. Why set a cap of 20% for marijuana retailers?
8. Why can’t we ban all marijuana establishments?
9. Can people consume marijuana in public?
10. Will this ban my use of marijuana in my home?
11. Can people consume marijuana in restaurants?
12. Can an existing store also sell marijuana?
13. Can i just walk in and buy recreational marijuana?
14. Are marijuana establishments secure?
15. How do I apply for license to open a marijuana establishment in Brookline?
16. How do I stay informed through the public process in respect to future marijuana licenses?