Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #176
ORDER ADOPTED
Jun 25, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is requested to confer with the Community Development Department to ensure the new zoning regulations and table of land use, licensing and permitting process, Host Community Agreements, and Economic Development Department programming reflect best equity practices and ensure Cambridge residents benefit from the cannabis industry.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, SSSponsors:Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor Quinton Zondervan, Councillor Alanna Mallon
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

By state law, the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) is required to ensure that people from communities that have been disproportionately harmed by marijuana law enforcement are included in the new legal marijuana industry, and to that end has created two programs, Economic Empowerment Priority Review and the Social Equity Program; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Many cities around the country have instituted programs to ensure this new industry enters communities in a sustainable, fair way, and it is important that Cambridge reflects the best and most innovative equity practices and creates an environment where a new industry can flourish that has both small and large participants, and ensures full participation by those people who have been disproportionately harmed by marijuana prohibition and enforcement; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

As the Economic and University Relations Committee discussed at a hearing on June 20, 2018, the City can take steps such as creating a city criteria for granting equity status to a business in Cambridge, advising the Planning Board on particular equity criteria during the special permit process, including equity provisions in Host Community Agreements, allowing multiple establishments within a buffer zone if they meet equity criteria, including community benefits such as providing technical assistance to equity partners, and requiring a majority of employees be residents of Cambridge, for example; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Community Development Department to ensure the new zoning regulations and table of land use, licensing and permitting process, Host Community Agreements, and Economic Development Department programming reflect best equity practices and ensure Cambridge residents benefit from this industry; and be it further


 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on this matter.

 

Meeting History

Jun 25, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED