Medford Signs Host Community Agreement With 2nd Marijuana Dispensary – Patch

MEDFORD, MA — Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn signed a Host Community Agreement with its second recreational marijuana dispensary on Monday.

The city signed the five-year agreement with Sanctuary Medicinals, which plans to open a retail marijuana dispensary on Riverside Avenue.

Sanctuary was the fourth ranked applicant based on scoring criteria put in place by the City’s Cannabis Advisory Committee (CAC). Nine applicants were considered, interviewed by the CAC, and ranked, with final rankings submitted to the Mayor in Fall 2021.

Sanctuary Medicinals now follows Theory Wellness as the second dispensary to enter into a Host Community Agreement with Medford. They will need to obtain Special Permit approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals before they can begin operation. They are also subject to approval from the state’s Cannabis Control Commission.

As with the agreement with Theory Wellness, the leadership at Sanctuary Medicinals made it a priority to hire Medford residents whenever possible and has agreed to Mayor Lungo-Koehn’s requirement that at least 50 percent of its employees will be women, at least 35 percent of employees will be of diverse backgrounds, and at least 5 percent of employees will be military veterans. Priority will also be given to local vendors

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