Marijuana Documents & Update

In November 2012, Massachusetts voters approved legal use of marijuana for medical purposes.

In May 2014, the Annual Town Meeting approved allowing, by special permit, all medical marijuana facilities (cultivation, processing and manufacturing, retail) on land zoned Industrial. Annual Town Meeting Warrant for May 12, 2014 (section containing zoning amendment). Minutes of the Annual Town Meeting of May 12, 2014.

In November 2016, Massachusetts voters approved legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes.

In May 2017, the Annual Town Meeting approved allowing, by special permit, all recreational marijuana facilities (cultivation, processing and manufacturing, retail) on land zoned Industrial. In addition, the Town Meeting approved a 2% local sales tax on retail sales of marijuana products for recreational use. Annual Town Meeting Warrant for May 8, 2017. Minutes of the Annual Town Meeting of May 8, 2017. YouTube video (part 1) (part 2) of the Town Meeting of May 8, 2017.

In May 2018, the Annual Town Meeting voted against allowing recreational marijuana facilities (cultivation, processing and manufacturing, retail) on land zoned Business. It also voted to change the local sales tax from 2% to 3%.  Annual Town Meeting Warrant for May 14, 2018. YouTube video (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (part 4) (part 5) of the Town Meeting of May 14, 2018. You can find the discussion and vote on the zoning article at about minute 47:30 in part 5.

As a result of these votes, the Town of Halifax allows all facilities (cultivation, processing and manufacturing, retail) for both medical and recreational marijuana on land zoned "Industrial" by special permit. The Town's zoning map shows those areas that are zoned Industrial.

Interested applicants will need to apply for a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals (contact the Zoning Board of Appeals for the application) and site plan approval from the Planning Board (download the review procedure, the check list, and application).

Zoning Update - October 2019

Two articles were presented to the Special Town Meting on October 21, 2019:

  1. Allowing recreational marijuana facilities (cultivation, processing, sales) on land commercially zoned via a special permit;
  2. Prohibiting recreational marijuana facilities (cultivation, processing, sales) within 300 feet of any land zoned agricultural/residential, the measurement to be based on the distance from property line to property line;

The Town Meeting voted to "pass over" action on both of these articles. Future Town Meetings may reconsider these proposals if the proposers gather the necessary signatures to pass them on the warrant for a future town meeting.

Zoning Update - September 2020

As part of the 2020 Annual Town Meeting, the Town voted to allow recreational marijuana facilities, including but not limited to cultivation, processing, manufacturing, and sales on land commercially zoned via a special permit. These changes await approval from the Massachusetts Attorney General.

Applications by Vendors

Four Daughers Cultivation Application (application was withdrawn)

Bud's Goods

Bud's Goods and Provisions, a recreational cultivation company, met with the Halifax Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 to discuss the possibility of an outdoor cultivation facility on the same parcel where the Four Daughters facility was to be located off River Street. The video of the conversation is available (starts at about minute 31). Bud's Goods and Provisions met again with the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 8:30pm. (video) The Halifax Board of Selectmen hosted a community forum/public hearing for Bud's Goods and Provisions proposal to build an outdoor cultivation facility on River Street on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00pm in the Great Hall in the Halifax Town Hall (video). The forum will included a presentation and an opportunity for residents and other interested parties to ask questions, make suggestions, and voice their views on the proposed facility. As a result of these meetings and the forum, the Board of Selectmen signed a Host Community Agreement with Bud's Goods.

Bud's Goods has an application before the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission for a provisional license to cultivate and process marijuana. The application was approved for a provisional license on August 20, 2020.

The Halifax Planning Board meeting on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 6:30pm in the Great Hall of the Halifax Town Hall included a brief informal discussion with Sarah Stearns of the engineering firm Beals + Thomas on behalf of the proposed marijuana cultivation and processing facility off of River Street to be operated by Bud's Goods.

Beals + Thomas submitted the following documents as part of the discussion:

 
Bud's Goods and Provisions has now asked to revise the Host Community Agreement to include indoor cultivation and manufacturing of marijuana products as part of the proposed facility on River Street. A Community Outreach Meeting concerning these changes was held on October 20 at 7pm on Zoom.
 
As a result of the Community Outreach Meeting, a revised Host Community Agreement (HCA) has been presented to the Board of Selectmen for review. The Board of Selectmen discussed the revised HCA at its meeting on November 24, 2020 and will discuss it again at its meeting on December 8, 2020 and approved it.
 
The Halifax Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 4 at 7:05pm on the application by Bud's Goods and Provisions for the necessary site plan approval and special permit for the marijuana facility. The meeting and the hearing will be held on Zoom.
 
Bud's Goods - Full Set of Plans
Bud's Goods - Security Plan
 
Bud's Goods and Provisions withdrew its applications for site plan approval and special permit approval for its proposed marijuana cultivation and manufacturing site off of River Street. The project is no longer being considered.
 
High Hopes
 
High Hopes has begun initial discussions with the Board of Selectmen about a possible indoor cultivation site at 313 Plymouth Street (next to the plaza that includes the Lyonville Tavern) using the rear of the two buildings on the site. High Hopes made a preliminary presentation with the Board on at the Board's meeting on November 24, 2020 and will meet with the Board again on December 8, 2020. Because of zoning considerations, High Hopes has indicated that it will not pursue this site unless conditions change.
 
Green Earth Cannabis
 
Green Earth Cannabis has proposed a marijuana retail store at 657 Monponsett Street (the portion of the building not being used by Twin Lakes Liquors at 653/655 Monponsett Street). The company has sent the Board of Selectmen a draft Host Community Agreement. The company will meet with the Board of Selectmen on December 10 for an initial discussion about the project - presentation at the December 10 meeting. The company has also provided a second version of the proposed Host Community Agreement. The company has also provided an amended copy of the presentation given on December 10.
 
As of April 29, there is a tentative final version of the Host Community Agreement. Interested parties can send in questions and comments concerning the HCA to the Board of Selectmen until Tuesday, May 25. The Board will also accept public comments concerning the HCA at 7:00pm at its meeting on May 25. Exhibit A for the tentative Host Community Agreement.
 
At its meeting on Friday, June 11, the Board of Selectmen voted not to approve the proposed Host Community Agreement.
 
The Halifax Board of Selectmen has scheduled a public forum on Tuesday, August 3 at 7:00pm in the Great Hall of the Halifax Town Hall, 499 Plymouth Street, on the Host Community Agreement (HCA) for Green Earth Cannabis, a retail marijuana facility with a proposed location at 657 Monponsett Street. While the Board had previously voted against the HCA, Green Earth Cannabis asked to present additional information and the Board agreed to provide the firm with this opportunity along with providing an opportunity for all other interested parties to speak on this matter. The proposed HCA can be found at http://www.halifax-ma.org/board-selectmen/pages/marijuana-documents-update - For more information, please contact the Selectmen's Office at 781-294-1316.
 
Bracts & Pistils
 
Bracts & Pistils met with the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, February 23 to discuss a possible retail and delivery service to be located at 894 Plymouth Street. This was an informal discussion. Bracts & Pistils plans to submit a draft Host Community Agreement (HCA) to the Board for review. Bracts & Pistils has indicated it will no longer pursue an HCA for this site.
 
Grass Taps aka Flower and Soul
 
Grass Taps is scheduled to meet with the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, March 9 to discuss a possible retail and delivery service to be located at 894 Plymouth Street. This will be an informal discussion. Grass Taps has submitted a draft Host Community Agreement (HCA) to the Board for review.
 
Flower and Soul has scheduled the required "Outreach Meeting" for Thursday, April 22 at 7:00pm. The presentation is available to be downloaded.
 
The Planning Board will start its public hearing on May 6, 2021 at 7:05pm on Flower and Soul's site plan application. The hearing will be on Zoom and specific Zoom information will be posted closer to May 20.
 
 
The Planning Board will start its public hearing on May 20, 2021 on Flower and Soul's application for the necessary special permit. The hearing will be on Zoom and specific Zoom information will be posted closer to May 20.
 
There is a tentative Host Community Agreement (HCA) between the Town and Flower and Soul. Interested parties can send in questions and comments concerning the HCA to the Board of Selectmen until Tuesday, May 25. The Board will also accept public comments concerning the HCA at 7:00pm at its meeting on May 25.
 
The Board of Selectmen approved the Host Community Agreement (HCA) with Flower and Soul.
 
As part of the Site Plan review process, the following additional documents were submitted:
 
 
At its meeting on Thursday, June 3, 2021, the Planning Board approved the Site Plan and the necessary Special Permit for Flower and Soul. A copy of the approval letter for the Site Plan and Special Permit is available.

Home Cultivation

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has issued Guidance on Home Cultivation for Adult Use. Permits for buildings, wiring, plumbing, etc. are still required and zoning laws concerning setbacks and other restrictions still apply.

Quotas

The Town of Halifax has not established any quotas for medical or recreational marijuana facilities including cultivation, processing, and sales. No limits on any type of establishments. The Town allows multiple establishments at the same location.

Links

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission