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History Made in MA Cannabis: First HCA Approved Without a Location

On September 17, 2019, the Maynard Board of Selectmen granted NewCann Group LLC a host community agreement (“HCA”) for an adult-use retail establishment. That fact isn’t in of itself newsworthy, but as explained in more detail below, it could set a valuable precedent for the Massachusetts cannabis industry. As a refresher and for those that don’t follow the Massachusetts cannabis industry, an HCA is a statutorily required contract between a would-be licensee and the host municipality. An aspiring cannabis business needs this contract in order to be eligible to apply for licensure from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. This dynamic, where the applicant needs an HCA and a municipa

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