Growers turning up legal pressure on cannabis commssion

By Colin A. Young, State House News ServicePosted at 3:52 PM Updated Jan 22, 2019 at 4:11 PMBOSTON — A group representing Massachusetts marijuana growers officially petitioned the Cannabis Control Commission last week to review and regulate the statutorily required agreements between marijuana businesses and their host towns, and says it plans to sue the commission if it does not act.The CCC has wrestled with the issue of host community agreements (HCAs) for months as activists and business owners point to the required agreements as one reason for the slower-than-anticipated rollout of the retail marijuana market and as a barrier that’s keeping small businesses from establishing themselves in the new industry.Because the CCC will not consider a license application until an HCA has been executed, businesses and advocates say municipalities are using the required agreements to extract more than 3 percent of the marijuana business’s gross sales, the cap in place under the law.

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