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Mendon Selectmen Approve First Marijuana Host Agreement

During a June 17 meeting, the Mendon Board of Selectmen approved the town's first marijuana host agreement with the Avon based company Green Era LLC. According to the agreement, the business will operate a nonmedical marijuana retail facility at 25 Cape Rd.

"The agreement is pretty straightforward," said Town Counsel Cindy Amara of the multi-page document.

Part of the host agreement stipulates that Green Era will pay an impact fee of three percent of gross sales to Mendon that is meant to lesson certain impacts the marijuana business may have on the community such as roads, public services, compliance costs, increased police and inspectional services, the need to promote a positive perception of Mendon, and an impact on the health and security

of residents. As a result, impact fees will be used to support such initiatives as substance abuse education, improve infrastructure, and increase public health, police and safety services, as well as administrative, regulatory, and inspectional services.

Per the agreement, Green Era will make the impact fee annually for a five-year period. At the conclusion of the five-year agreement, Mendon and Green Era can renegotiate a new host agreement.

The agreement also says qualified Mendon residents are given preference for employment and Green Era will make an effort to hire local businesses such as suppliers, contractors, builders, and vendors should the company need such services.

Targeted donations for community initiatives are also in the agreement. According to Amara, Green Era LLC would like to set up selecting the initiatives through a committee with three members appointed by the Board of Selectmen and two other members would be employees from Green Era. "They'll donate to organizations but they want input," said Amara.

To clarify, Selectman Mark Reil stated, "They're not donating directly to the town but organizations in the community. So, they might donate to the Brothers of the Brush," he explained.

The company can be found in default of the host agreement should they fail to obtain and maintain in good standing all licenses, fail to make community impact fees, or the Cannabis Control Commission revokes its license or denies Green Era's application for renewal.

The Selectmen unanimously approved the host agreement. No timeline of when the retail marijuana business plans to open was discussed during the meeting. The next Board of Selectmen's meeting is scheduled for July 15.


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