Board members supplied an replace on the state of play of Boston licensing, noting that the City of Boston has 14 executed host group agreements, of which three are with financial empowerment candidates licensed at the state stage by the Cannabis Control Commission. Chairwoman Joyce famous that, as to companies which have already secured host group agreements, the Board’s “discretionary” function was already full, and that the Board would situation licenses to present HCA holders as a ministerial matter following CCC approval and the securing of all crucial permits.
Boston’s Director of Emerging Industries, Alexis Tkachuk, who advises the Board in the capability of an legal professional, informed the Board that the three financial empowerment candidates who at present maintain HCAs embody each the solely currently-open grownup use dispensary in the City, in addition to two candidates awaiting CCC approval. Attorney Tkachuk additional defined that the present HCAs cowl such subjects as hours of operation, group issues about signage and safety, and funds to the City.
Attorney Tkachuk acknowledged that there have been seven further “ready-to-go” functions pending earlier than the Board, and that the solely currently-licensed grownup use dispensary in the City – Pure Oasis in Dorchester – had loved a largely clean run from a licensing and regulatory perspective since its opening in March (although the Board didn’t focus on the challenges Pure Oasis has confronted in being ordered to shut due to COVID-19 for the majority of that point).
Attorney Chayla White then defined the City’s fairness program certification course of, which includes submission of data on helpful pursuits in the applicant enterprise, in addition to details about the applicant’s residence in a disproportionately impacted neighborhood, revenue, and different info. She famous that the Board intends to make out there a big selection of technical help to fairness program candidates, together with assist with enterprise operations, recruiting staff, steering on functions, authorized and tax compliance, safety, elevating funds, and distributors.
Though the assembly didn’t have a proper Q&A, a number of attendees utilized Zoom’s chat operate to pose questions to the Board. Many of those questions evinced issues about the Board’s currently-proposed licensing regulations, which had been launched for public touch upon June 17. The Board will take public testimony on the proposed laws on July 8, and intends to maintain a gathering to approve closing laws on July 22.