Worcester in Negotiations to Add 14th Marijuana Retail Store

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WORCESTER – The 14th marijuana retail establishment in Worcester may be coming to Southbridge St.

According to the City of Worcester, negotiations for a community host agreement will begin with Nature’s Remedy — 140 Southbridge St. –, bringing the total number of retail stores in the city to 14 — one shy of the allowed 15 marijuana retail establishments by state law.

The agreement includes language permitting a community impact fee and other local regulatory oversight. The host agreement must be signed as a requirement of the state Cannabis Control Commission application.

A total of 47 applicants applied through the City of Worcester Request for Interest (or had received prior approval due to their medical marijuana status) for a variety of cannabis-related licenses.

The 14 proposed retail establishments are in addition to five approved manufacturing businesses.

No new applications for a retail establishment are currently being accepted, however applications for manufacturing businesses are being accepted on a rolling basis.

The City of Worcester issued a Request for Interest (RFI) as a process for reviewing adult use marijuana establishments seeking community host agreements. Each potential operator was required to submit to the City completed copies of the Application of Intent, Management and Operations Profile and any other documents required by the Cannabis Control Commission. The operator was also required to host a community outreach meeting.

An interdepartmental team from the City reviewed the applications and interviewed all applicants. Recommendations were then made to City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. who ultimately has the authority to enter into the community host agreement.

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