Cannabis Licensing and Enforcement Commission

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  • Kathleen Manning Hall, Clerk
  • Nelson Miller CBO, Chair
  • Glenn Cronin, Member
  • Ron Hogan , Member
  • Diana Jeong, Member
  • Deano Summers, Member


The City of Malden Cannabis Licensing and Enforcement Commission (“CLEC”) is inviting parties interested in opening and operating a Marijuana establishment in the City of Malden to submit applications. Applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, September 1, 2021 through Monday, November 1, 2021 at 5 PM. The CLEC will then schedule a meeting to discuss applications received and determine scheduling of candidate interviews.

To date, two applicants have been approved by the Cannabis Licensing and Enforcement Commission and have subsequently been approved for a special permit.  They are both in the process of obtaining state licensure.  Those approved to date are:

  • Misty Mountain, 323 Commercial Street
  • Standard Naturals, 7 Linehurst Road

The CLEC and the City of Malden have designed a licensing process with the goal of licensing only those operations that will operate establishments that meet the highest of standards. Licenses available to be issued include Independent Testing Laboratory, Marijuana Cultivator, Marijuana Product Manufacturer, Marijuana Research Facility, and Marijuana Retailer. A maximum of five retail licenses will be issued.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to review the CLEC documents related to licensing on this page. Instructions for the application process, Malden’s Licensing of Marijuana Establishments Ordinance, zoning information, requirements of the State Cannabis Commission, and licensing forms are all provided. Minutes of all prior CLEC meetings along with video of interviews with prior applicants can be found there and the CLEC strongly advises potential applicants to review these along with minutes of applicable City Council meetings to become familiar with topics relevant to licensing in Malden.  

Upon a successful vote of an applicant to proceed by the CLEC, the applicant may move on to the next set of requirements which include conducting a community meeting, applying for a special permit issued by the City Council, and executing a host community agreement. Only with the successful completion of the above may applicants then submit their application to the State Cannabis Commission for state licensing approval.

Related Links

Cannabis Licensing Application Guidelines (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Cannabis Licensing and Enforcement Commission Ordinance

City of Malden Zoning Ordinance For Marijuana Establishments

City of Malden Ordinance on Licensing of Marijuana Establishments

Commonwealth of Mass Cannabis Control Commission Regulations Adult Use of Marijuana (PDF)

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