A recreational marijuana dispensary is eyeing Coolidge Corner and three others are in the pipeline for other parts of Brookline.
Sanctuary Medicinal has signed a lease for the former Pier 1 Imports space on Beacon Street and is seeking a recreational license.
The dispensary is still in the early stages, having had an initial, pre-application meeting with town employees just last week, according to Economic Development and Long-Term Planner Trevor Johnson.
“It’s the very first step and primarily an information-sharing meeting,” Johnson said.
Before going to the state for a license, the dispensary must first hold a community meeting to allow for public comment and questions; it also must secure a location and obtain a community host agreement from whatever community it hopes to operate in. Once those steps are completed, the dispensary can then apply for a license from the state. If the state grants a preliminary license, the dispensary must go back to the town to obtain special permits from the Zoning Board of Appeals and Select Board.
Many dispensaries have expressed interest in Brookline, but the ones that hold community engagement meetings are the more serious applicants, according to Town Administrator Mel Kleckner.
“Basically what we tell them is have your required community engagement meeting and we’ll talk to you,” Kleckner said.
While it has the Beacon Street location, Sanctuary Medicinal has not yet held a community engagement meeting, according to Kleckner and Johnson.
Other prospective dispensaries, however, are further along.
Mission Ma Incorporated has proposed opening a recreational dispensary at 1022 Commonwealth Ave. The dispensary held its community engagement meeting last night, according to Kleckner.
Canna Inc. is also pursuing a Commonwealth Avenue spot at 1030 Commonwealth Ave, putting it within 200 feet of Mission Ma Incorporated’s potential location. This is allowed under Brookline’s newly passed