Adult-Use Marijuana Establishments

The Somerville City Council has adopted two key items of legislation regarding adult marijuana. The first item of legislation, approved on November 8, 2018, created a licensing procedure that requires any type of marijuana establishment to obtain a license from the Somerville Licensing Commission. The licensing procedure created a priority application period that applies to certain types of applicants for two years and established a cap of 12 licenses for the first two years. On June 11, 2020, the City Council approved a revised version of the licensing ordinance that extends the priority period by two years and changes the groups that are considered priorities. The second item of legislation, approved on December 12, 2019, created a Cannabis Establishment use cateogry in zoning. It established the districts in which different types of marijuana establishments are permitted and the criteria that the permitting authority will consider when reviewing marijuana establishment proposals.

All types of marijuana establishments are also required to be licensed by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC). The CCC requires prospective marijuana establishments to complete the local approval process before beginning their licensing process. The first step in the local approval process is to apply for a Host Community Agreement (HCA) through the Mayor’s Marijuana Advisory Committee (MAC). If an HCA is granted the next steps would be to pursue zoning relief, if necessary, and a license from the Somerville Licensing Commission. There are links on this page with more information on the legislative items that have been approved and the local procedures.

As of October 2, 2019, all applications for host community agreements (HCAs) and licenses must be submitted via the CitizenServe portal. See this document for instructions. Note: the $900 application fee is waived during the Licensing Ordinance prioirty period (through November 2022).

Approved Documents

Guidance Documents

Marijuana Advisory Committee Membership as of June 3, 2020

  • Sarah Lewis, Director of Planning and Zoning
  • Tomas Galligani, Director of Economic Development
  • Jeff Digregorio, Somerville Police Lt.
  • Josue Velney, Community Member
  • Rivkah Lapidus, Community Member

Any questions about the MAC or its process should be emailed to Charlotte Leis at [email protected].

Recreational Host Community Agreement Recipients as of May 8, 2020

Presentations and Resources

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