Brookline's NETA marijuana dispensary seeking recreational license

Emma R. Murphy [email protected] @MurphReports

New England Treatment Access (NETA), a medical marijuana dispensary operating in Brookline, is seeking a recreational license from the state.

According to Norton Arbelaez, NETA’s director of government affairs, NETA is in the process of filling out the application to submit to the state’s Cannabis Control Commission (CCC). The dispensary opened in 2016 at the corner of Washington Street and Route 9 in the old Brookline Bank building.

Feedback from potential patients who do not want to apply for a medical marijuana card out of concern for privacy, but would otherwise purchase at the dispensary, prompted NETA to seek the recreational license, according to Arbelaez. He noted that NETA obtaining a recreational license would also fall in line with Brookline voters who in September of 2017 voted in favor of bringing recreational dispensaries to Brookline.

Agreement with town needed

Though NETA is eager to obtain a recreational license, the company must first have a Host Community Agreement with Brookline in place per state requirements.

“The Host Community Agreement seeks to ensure that the Town, its residents, businesses, and visitors, are protected to the greatest extent authorized by law from the impacts of the marijuana facilities New England Treatment Access, Inc. proposes to locate in Brookline,” Town Counsel Joslin Murphy said in an email.

Brookline and NETA currently have a Host Community Agreement in place but that agreement only applies to NETA’s operations as a medical dispensary, not a recreational one, Town Administrator Mel Kleckner explained to the Select Board during a meeting on Aug. 17.

According to Kleckner, the town and NETA have been working together for the past few weeks to reach an agreement.

Though the agreement is not finalized yet, one highlight is the revenue that Brookline could bring in from a recreational

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