CCC releases equity memo for municipalities

Commission publishes document to help cities and towns focus on equity

As part of the Cannabis Control Commission’s ongoing work to implement the recent changes to the Massachusetts cannabis laws, the agency recently released a memo to advise municipalities on adopting policies to encourage equity in the regulated marijuana industry. Recommendations include reducing or waiving fees for equity applications to lower barriers to entry, improving transparency in the approval process, and expediting responses to the Commission’s requests for confirmation of local compliance.

The memo highlights positive examples from Newton and Somerville, two Host Communities that have implemented policies promoting transparency, inclusion, and equity in their processes. Newton is listen in the memo as an example because they consider equity when evaluating all cannabis businesses and make sure that applicants have clear information on the permit process, the zoning map, and the relevant local contacts. The memo is designed to encourage all municipalities, despite their level of resources, to adopt policies that promote equity and facilitate the meaningful participation of disproportionately harmed communities in the regulated marijuana industry.

Read the full memo from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission on their website here: https://masscannabiscontrol.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Municipal-Equity_Memorandum.pdf