As the legal weed industry slowly crawls to functionality across the state, Worcester is getting in the game.
The city yesterday signed two community host agreements with companies looking to expand their medical cannabis business to the recreational side. Prime Wellness, on Pullman Street, and Good Chemistry, at 9 Harrison St., received the city’s first two community host agreements – documents that lay out conditions of approval and also substantial payments to the city coffers.
The community host agreements allow the two businesses to seek final approval from the Cannabis Control Commission. If all goes well for them, they could be the first two pot shops to open in Worcester – and take the first two of 15 retail licenses allowed by the city, per zoning rules. Good Chemistry will also open as a medical dispensary later this summer.
If they open, each company will be required to pay a community impact fee equal to three percent of gross sales, or $60,000, whichever is more. The agreements also ask that the companies do their best to hire from the community, and follow the city’s hiring guidelines for people of color and women. The agreements also ask that the companies rely, when they can, on local suppliers and vendors.
The two agreements were approved separately from the process used for other applicants, because they already had medical licenses. For the rest of the applicants, the city is taking all applications at once via a request for proposals process. The city is taking applications until Aug. 24.