Showing posts with label host agreement. Show all posts
Showing posts with label host agreement. Show all posts

Saturday, May 21, 2022

MA House passes cannabis legislation, bill now to Conf Cmte to reconcile with MA Senate version

"THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE took a major step Wednesday toward improving equity in the cannabis industry, passing a bill similar to one previously passed by the Senate that would create a new grant and loan fund for diverse entrepreneurs. The bill would better regulate host community agreements and ease the process of getting marijuana-related criminal records expunged. 

Five years after marijuana legislation, Rep. Dan Donahue, House chair of the Committee on Cannabis Policy, said it was time to address some nagging issues. “It is time to revisit the original legislation to provide clarity on the intent of the Legislature and work to ensure we continue to remove barriers to entry to this unique industry for those communities who were disproportionately harmed by the prohibition on marijuana,” he said. "

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"The Massachusetts House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve major reforms to the state’s marijuana laws, with legislative leaders saying they were implementing changes long demanded by cannabis businesses, activists, and consumers.

The 153-2 vote in favor of the bill, which largely mirrors legislation approved by the state Senate in April, came on the same day regulators announced that total recreational pot sales in Massachusetts have surpassed $3 billion — underscoring the high stakes of any tweaks to the rules governing the industry.

Among other provisions, the changes would allow cities and towns to opt in to hosting marijuana cafés, steer a significant chunk of state pot tax revenue to so-called equity applicants trying to get their small cannabis businesses off the ground, crack down on controversial local fees charged to marijuana operators while easing their state tax burden, and make it easier for former defendants to wipe away old marijuana charges."

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Town of Franklin has multiple host agreements with cannabis firms which may be affected by whatever changes are introduced (finally). The café concept is also interesting and should join the "watch list."
MA House passes cannabis legislation, bill now to Conf Cmte to reconcile with MA Senate version
MA House passes cannabis legislation, bill now to Conf Cmte to reconcile with MA Senate version

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Town Council Quarterbacking with Chair Tom Mercer - 11/22/21 (audio)

FM #664 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 664 in the series. 

This shares my conversation with Town Council Chair Tom Mercer. This is one of a series of conversations meant to provide a recap of the prior Council meeting. Akin to one of the many sports post-game analysis broadcasts we are familiar with in New England, this would be a discussion focused on the Franklin Town Council meeting of November 17, 2021: 

  • ok, what just happened? 

  • What does it mean for Franklin residents and taxpayers?

We cover the following key topics

  • Housing Authority presentation/discussion

  • Elk riders donation

  • FY 2022 budget adjustments

  • Host community agreements

  • Future items

o   Town council subcommittees

o   Tax rate hearing

o   Community Preservation Committee

The recording runs about 27 minutes:

Links to the meeting agenda and associated documents released for this meeting are included in the show notes. The link to my notes taken during the meeting is also provided.

Let’s listen to this recording of Town Council Quarterbacking Nov 22, 2021

Audio file -> 


Town Council Agenda document ->


My notes from the meeting  ->

SAFE Coalition presentation as mentioned in the discussion (Town Council meeting of 9/15/21) -> 


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Town Council Quarterbacking with Chair Tom Mercer - 11/22/21 (audio)
Town Council Quarterbacking with Chair Tom Mercer - 11/22/21 (audio)

Saturday, November 20, 2021

SAFE Coalition announces receipt of funding from Town of Franklin

SAFE Coalition today (11/18/21) announced the passing of Resolution 21 – 70, Appropriation of Cannabis Fees with a unanimous vote through the Franklin Town Council to appropriate $175,000 to the SAFE Coalition for FY22. These funds have been secured through the Town of Franklin by the Social Host Agreement set forth by the Cannabis Control Commission. These funds will provide vital education and prevention opportunities for citizens, vast substance use training for professionals, and increased programming already established within the community. 

“The passing of resolution 21 – 70 is monumental for community-based substance use care in Franklin.  To work within a community where leaders are leaning IN and recognizing the impact early intervention, training, and supportive services can have on their community members, means that the health and wellness of their citizens is a top priority. I am so thankful for the listening ear of the council members, the collaborative work with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, and the various community partnerships we have developed over the last 6 years. Now, let’s get it work!” Jennifer Levine

Features and benefits include
• Training for academic, medical, and paraprofessionals related to substance use
• Education specific to substance use, recovery, de-stigmatization, and 
• Prevention work related to social-emotional wellness
• Continuation of 6 supportive programs hosting Franklin residents

About SAFE Coalition: SAFE is a judgement free community organization relentlessly committed to educating and supporting those affected by substance use disorder and mental health concerns across southeastern Massachusetts. Staffed by trusted, trained professionals and peer support volunteers, SAFE compassionately empowers individuals and their loved ones by breaking down barriers to treatment and emotional support in a way that inspires success on the journey to recovery.


Town of Franklin Resolution 21 - 70
Town of Franklin Resolution 21 - 70

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SAFE Coalition announces receipt of funding from Town of Franklin