Questions about city recreational pot rules compel advisory meeting in next two weeks
By Marc Levy
Monday, March 19, 2018 Legal recreational marijuana sales begin in Nevada on July 1, including at Piso’s Dispensary in Las Vegas. In Cambridge, such sales could be as little as three and a half months away. (Photo: Beverly Yuen Thompson via Flickr)
A special meeting being rushed to take place within the next couple of weeks will help Cambridge get ready for sales of recreational marijuana, which could start as soon as July 1.
City councillors had a chance to approve an order Monday that would let applications come in April 1, so long as the “Host Community Agreement” signed by the city manager included the maximum 3 percent taxation from the shops allowed by state and rules that were “substantially similar to or the same as those under which current medical cannabis establishments operate in the city.”
But the number of councillors’ questions and varying interpretations of state law made it clear that before definitive steps were taken, it was necessary to pull together a meeting for guidance from the city solicitor.
As of Monday night, it wasn’t clear when the meeting would be, but the short timeline suggested it would have to be held during the day, Mayor Marc McGovern said. But a time and date hadn’t been identified – or even the kind of meeting or the body that would be identified officially as bringing the meeting together.
Fortunately, of the businesses able to move most quickly toward selling recreational marijuana in Cambridge – the city’s two active medical marijuana dispensaries – neither had yet held their own public meetings, which are required before applying to expand into selling “adult use” pot, McGovern said.
And only a medical marijuana dispensary operating last April could actually move forward without a Host Community Agreement in place,