The following is a press release from the City of Framingham.
FRAMINGHAM The Framingham Marijuana Advisory Team (MAT) has made an initial recommendation to Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer that two marijuana retail organizations be extended invitations to negotiate Host Community Agreements (HCA)s.
The HCA is a contract between the City and a marijuana establishment or medical marijuana treatment center that sets forth the responsibilities between the host community and the marijuana establishment or a medical marijuana treatment center.
A fully executed HCA is a threshold requirement for a marijuana establishment or medical marijuana treatment center to apply for licensure from the Cannabis Control Commission.
Union Twist, Inc., which is planned to be located at 630 Worcester Road, and Temescal Wellness, Inc., at 665 Cochituate Road, which is planned to be co-located with its existing Registered Marijuana Dispensary (RMD), will each be allowed to begin the HCA negotiation process with the City of Framingham.
Between November 21, 2018 and February 7, 2019, the MAT received 17 applications from companies seeking a referral to the Mayor to negotiate HCAs for marijuana medical treatment centers, RMDs and/or adult – use marijuana establishments, and marijuana product manufacturers/cultivators. As of February 7, 2019, the MAT held meetings with 15 of the 17 applicants.
The 17 applicants included:
- One applicant for licensure as Marijuana Product Manufacturer;
- Two applicants for licensure as Marijuana Product Manufacturers/Marijuana Cultivators;
- Two RMDs that signed HCAs with Framingham in 2015 now seeking licensure as adult-use Marijuana Retailers;
- One applicant seeking new licenses as both an RMD and Marijuana Retailer;
- One applicant seeking licensure as an RMD only;
- 10 applicants seeking licensure as Marijuana Retailer.
Of the applicants not included in the initial recommendation, the MAT declined to refer four to the Mayor, and 11 have been asked to supply additional information.
The MAT advises Mayor Spicer in her consideration of granting HCAs to eligible marijuana establishments and/or RMDs. Businesses with track records of sound business practices and that are committed to hiring a diverse workforce from Framingham’s local residents will have opportunities to open marijuana establishments and/or RMDs in the City.