The Cannabis Control Commission released a draft model host community agreement for comment on Jan. 17 and opened a two-week comment period through Jan. 31.

The model HCA was promulgated in accordance with Chapter 180 of the Acts of 2022, the comprehensive cannabis law that required the CCC to draft rules around host community agreements and social equity.

The MMA and the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association submitted a joint letter to the CCC with comments on the draft. The MMA and MMLA support the clarity a draft HCA would provide, but expressed several concerns about additional clarity needed for both municipalities and licensees.

The CCC drafted the model host community agreement as part of its Phase 1 of rule promulgation under Chapter 180.

The commission is expected to create rules around social equity as part of its Phase 2 in coming months.

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