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Massachusetts marijuana growers threaten to sue Cannabis Control Commission

An organization representing Massachusetts marijuana growers is considering a lawsuit to compel the Cannabis Control Commission to review the statutorily-required agreements between marijuana businesses and their host towns, something the commission has resisted doing under the impression it does not have the authority to do so.

Peter Bernard, president of the Massachusetts Grower Advocacy Council, told the News Service on Tuesday that his outfit plans to discuss its proposed suit with its attorney on Wednesday and is leaning towards taking the issue to court.

“We just want them to review these going forward and strike down offending contractual clauses going backwards,” Bernard said.

The commission has been wrestling with host community agreements for weeks as entrepreneurs and marijuana advocates point to the contracts as a reason for the slower-than-anticipated rollout of the retail marijuana market.

Because the commission will not consider a license application until a host community agreement has been executed, businesses and advocates say municipalities are using the required agreements to extract more than 3 percent of the marijuana business’s gross sales, the cap in place under the law. [Read more at Massachusetts Live]

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