Brookline officials awarded the last of the town’s recreational marijuana establishment licenses Tuesday night but the town may create more licenses down the line.
Select Board members Tuesday expressed a desire to create two additional establishment licenses to remedy past shortcomings in promoting racial and economic equity in the town’s cannabis industry. That decision would ultimately be up to Town Meeting.
The Select Board did, however, vote unanimously to approve licensing for Comm Ave Canna, which plans to open on the second floor at 1030 Commonwealth Ave. It is the fourth marijuana retailer to be licensed in Brookline, following New England Treatment Access, Sanctuary Medicinals and Mission MA, which received Select Board approval last month to open down the street at 1024 Commonwealth Ave.
Unlike the other adult-use retailers in Brookline, Comm Ave Canna is a small, locally owned family business, owned and operated by the Hauck family, who ran Perfect Tan in the same Comm. Ave. location, as well as the restaurant The Living Room in Boston’s North End.
“We’re not a multi-state operator. We’re not a publicly traded company. We’re a small, locally owned family business,” JB Hauck, Comm Ave Canna’s president, told the Select Board Tuesday.