On November 8, 2016, Massachusetts voters approved an initiative legalizing the cultivation and sale of recreational marijuana in the Commonwealth. In accordance with M.G.L. c. 94G and its implementing regulations 935 CMR 500, Worcester is required to facilitate the establishment of up to 15 regulated Marijuana Retailers.
In response, the City has adopted or proposed the following:
The City of Worcester is issuing a Request For Interest (RFI) as a process for reviewing adult use marijuana establishments seeking community host agreements. Completed applications and any questions should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional information including amendments to the RFI and FAQs will be posted as needed. The deadline for submission is August 24, 2018. Additional applications may be accepted on a rolling basis beginning on a to be determined date.
When should I host my community meeting?
The City will not review your RFI application unless you have held your mandatory community meeting.
What guidelines should I follow when conducting my community meeting?
The Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) has the following guidelines:
Community Outreach Guidance and Forms.
On November 6, 2012, Ballot Question 3, "An Initiative Petition for a Law for Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana" passed with 63.3% of the vote (61.96% in Worcester), making Massachusetts the 18th state in the nation to approve the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
For the most up to date information about state licensing of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, please visit Mass.gov's Health and Human Services Website.