Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz

The Cannabis Control Commission and the Social Law Library are sponsoring a forum on Dec. 18 in Boston for municipal officials to discuss the decision-making process at the local level regarding cannabis commerce.

“Moving Ahead With Marijuana: Municipal Perspectives From Marijuana-Forward Communities” will give municipal officials an opportunity to hear from mayors, city and town managers, selectmen, municipal counsel and others from municipalities that have taken affirmative steps to introduce regulated marijuana establishments into their respective communities.

The forum is intended to promote an informed discussion about the municipal landscape in the area of cannabis commerce.

Panelists will address questions such as:
• What are the considerations at the local level?
• What are the concerns, and how are communities mitigating them?
• What advice would you give to other municipalities?

Speakers will include:
• Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz
• Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse
• Hudson Executive Assistant Thomas Moses
• Great Barrington Selectman Edward Abrahams
• Framingham Chief Operating Officer Thatcher Kezer
• Attorney J. Raymond Miyares of Miyares & Harrington
• Somerville Strategic Planning and Community Development Director George Proakis
• Holyoke Planning and Economic Development Director Marcos Marrero
• Framingham Health Director Sam Wong
• Attorney Geoff Kravitz, Economic Development director in Amherst

MMA Executive Director Geoff Beckwith will moderate the first panel discussion.

The second panel, “Specific Issues: Social Equity, Economic Development, Public Health and Other Considerations,” will be moderated by Cannabis Control Commission Executive Director Shawn Collins.

The forum, being held in collaboration with the MMA, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Social Law Library in Boston. The program is free and open to anyone, but registration is required and capacity is limited.

Note: The Social Law Library has an agreement with the Government Center Garage that allows for a $25 flat parking rate for attendees of its programs; attendees just need to obtain a chaser ticket that will be available at the forum.

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