For example, the city will move away from including gift requirements in the host agreements. The change follows guidance from the state’s Cannabis Control Commission, the mariijuana businesses the city already has negotiated agreements with, and other municipal lawyers, he said.
At the end of April, the City Council’s Legislative Affairs Committee reviewed three host agreements and unanimously approved them.
The agreements were for The Hub Craft, LLC, which seeks to open a cultivation facility at 25 Newport St., Fresh Connection Boston, LLC, that wants to open a grow and processing establishment at 175 Kimball St., and Eastern Heirlooms, LLC, which plans to open a grow faclity at 431 Westminster St.
Having the agreements go before a City Council subcommittee like legislative affairs or finance would give councilors more of an opportunity to review them, Pusateri said.
“They would be going through without a close inspection unless there was a change,” he said.
The agreements will be up for a vote by the full City Council, which would authorize Mayor Stephen DiNatale to execute the host agreement with the marijuana businesses.
Currently, the city has 18 host agreements with marijuana busineses for recreational and medical facilities, Pusateri said. Eleven are for grow facilities, five are for retailers, one is for a laboratory, and one is for a transporter, he said.
Community host agreements are a step for marijuana establishments to be able to open. They would also need local approval and a licensing from the Cannabis Control Commission.
Fitchburg’s zoning says that only eight licensed retailers can operate in the city. There is no limit for grow facilities.
So far, at least eight have gained special permitting from the city to operate, according to the city. Those businesses are awaiting licensing from the commission.