Marijuana - Related Uses

The Town regulates marijuana-related uses differently depending on the nature of the use. Medical marijuana establishments are governed by Section III.323.8 of the Zoning Bylaw. All other marijuana related uses, including adult-use or recreational marijuana, are governed by Section III.K of the Zoning Bylaw. Adult-use marijuana establishments must also obtain a license from the Board of Selectmen. The State also regulates all marijuana-related uses through the Cannabis Control Commission and all such uses must obtain a Host Community Agreement with the Town as a first step before applying for any other local permit. 

The adopted zoning and general bylaws as well as the Adult-Use Marijuana Establishments licensing regulations are provided below for reference.

Natick Marijuana Establishments Request for Information (RFI)

The first step for any marijuana-related business interested in operating in Natick is to negotiate a Host Community Agreement with the Town. In order to enter into such negotiations, an applicant must submit a response to Natick’s Marijuana Establishments Request for Information (RFI), which triggers review of a potential application by multiple Town Departments. For most marijuana establishments, the Town accepts RFI responses on a rolling basis, but for adult-use marijuana establishments, of which only two are allowed in the Town at this time, the submission deadline was June 8, 2020. The RFI, which includes descriptions of all the required submittal materials, may be downloaded from here /DocumentCenter/View/9277/Natick-Marijuana-Establishments-RFI.

Natick Adult-Use Marijuana Retailer Applicants

Natick received eight responses to the Marijuana Establishments RFI for adult-use marijuana retailer establishments. The Town is currently limited to no more than two such establishments. The following represents a draft schedule for the review of the RFI responses and potential zoning and licensing applications.

  • June/July – Review by the Marijuana Establishments RFI review committee.
  • August – Interviews with Respondents; select top tier respondents.
  • September – Community Meeting with top tier respondents.
  • September/October – Recommendation to Select Board
  • Fall, 2020 – Host Community Agreement
  • Winter, 2020/2021 – Special Permit Process with Planning Board
  • Spring 2021 – Licensing with Select Board

A map of the locations for the eight responses can be found here.

This page will be updated on a regular basis as the local regulatory approval process continues over the next several months. Please email James Freas, Director of Community & Economic Development jfreas@natickma.org) with any questions or comments.

Community Outreach Meetings

Natick’s Marijuana Establishments RFI requires that all marijuana establishments seeking a Host Community Agreement with the Town must first complete a community outreach meeting. The following list is of upcoming Community Outreach Meetings.

Natick
Location
Type
Meeting
Announcement
Presentation
Kaycha Labs16 Tech Cir.Lab/Testing FacilityAugust 31, 2020Meeting AnnouncementPresentation
Revoluntionary Clinics6 Worcester St.RetailerSeptember 17, 2020Meeting AnnouncementPresentation
C342 Worcester St.RetailerSeptember 21, 2020Meeting AnnouncementPresentation
Cypress Tree321 Speen St.RetailerSeptember 24, 2020Meeting AnnouncementPresentation


Background

In 2016, over 54% of Natick residents voted in favor of legalizing adult use ("recreational") marijuana in Massachusetts. Since that vote, the Commonwealth established regulations and a governing entity (known as the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC)) to license marijuana establishments in the State.

In October 2018, Natick Town Meeting voted to 1) create the local zoning necessary to permit Adult Use Marijuana Establishments, and 2) authorize the Board of Selectmen to issue licenses for Adult Use Marijuana Establishments. Town Meeting limited the number of Retail Marijuana Establishments to two (2) – or “limited to twenty percent (20%) of the number of licenses issued within the Town for the retail sale of alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises where sold pursuant to G.L. c.138 §15”.

In March 2020, the Board of Selectmen adopted regulations for the licensing of adult-use marijuana establishments and released the Marijuana Establishments Request for Information.