Deadline announced for prospective recreational marijuana businesses

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford has established a deadline of May 6, 2019 for prospective recreational marijuana businesses to submit Host Community Agreement (HCA) applications to the Planning Department for the first round of review.  All applications must include a certificate of compliance with local zoning and a demonstration of site control, among other supporting materials.

In October 2018, the City of New Bedford established administrative procedures to implement the state law allowing for the retail sale, processing, and cultivation of recreational marijuana.  Under these procedures, prospective recreational marijuana businesses are given an opportunity to submit Host Community Agreement applications.  An advisory committee then periodically reviews applications and recommends selected applicants to the Mayor based on a variety of factors.  Finally, selected applicants are invited to begin negotiations with the City toward a Host Community Agreement.

Under Massachusetts law, all applicants for state licenses to operate recreational marijuana businesses are required to secure a Host Community Agreement with the city or town in which respective businesses are located.  Once applicants have received state approval, applicants must also obtain a local license (where required) and a Special Permit from the local planning department.  No date has been established for a second round of application review in New Bedford; prospective recreational marijuana businesses are encouraged to submit their applications for consideration in this first round of review.

For more information visit: http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/planning/guidance-establishment-marijuana-facilities/.