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Boston Cannabis Board

Boston's newly-created Cannabis Board will strengthen the City's focus on equity in the new cannabis industry.

In November 2019, Mayor Walsh, in partnership with Councilor Kim Janey and the Boston City Council, signed An Ordinance Establishing Equitable Regulation of the Cannabis Industry in the City of Boston. This ordinance was the result of a collaboration from many stakeholders. The ordinance ensures Boston is a model for how to create a system that fosters racial equity and inclusion in the new cannabis industry. Our goal is to bring the benefit of this industry to all Boston communities. 

As part of the ordinance, Mayor Walsh established a Boston Cannabis Board. This independent board is charged with reviewing all applicants for a cannabis license.

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In 2016, Massachusetts residents voted to legalize the recreational use of cannabis for people 21 and older:

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The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has more details about the law on its website.

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Remote meeting for proposed Dorchester marijuana establishment

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Current members

Member Appointed Expires Status
Lisa Holmes 3/4/2020 3/4/2022 Active
John Smith 3/4/2020 3/4/2022 Active
Darlene Lombos 3/4/2020 3/4/2022 Active
Kathleen Joyce 3/4/2020 3/4/2022 Active
Alejandra St. Guillen 7/13/2020 3/4/2022 Active
Lesley Hawkins Active