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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 and revised June 11, 2020 and October 27, 2022, 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 five years (until November 2023). The second item of legislation, approved on December 12, 2019, created a Cannabis Establishment use category 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.

Please be advised that the Mayor entered an Executive Order on November 29, 2023 establishing a moratorium on new retail marijuana Host Community Agreements in the City of Somerville.  The Order, which can be found here, will remain in effect for 18 months, and is subject to further extension.   

Approved Documents

Guidance Documents

Marijuana Advisory Committee Membership (updated November 6, 2023)

  • Matthew Mitchell, Prevention Services Manager, Health and Human Services
  • Jeff Digregorio, Somerville Police Lt.
  • Sarah Lewis, Director of Planning, Preservation, and Zoning
  • Rachel Nadkarni, Director of Economic Development

Any questions about the MAC or its process should be emailed to Michael Potere at

Marijuana Advisory Committee Recommendations

Recreational Host Community Agreement Recipients

Other Resources

Presentations and Public Meetings
Previous Versions Archive
Contact Information

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