On February 4th, 2020, a candidate for the newly-formed Cannabis Mitigation Advisory Committee appeared before the Select Board to interview. At the beginning of the interview, she identified herself as a resident of the Brook House (high-rise complex from which absolutely no NETA-related calls have been received since March 2019). She then disclosed that she was, in fact, an employee of NETA. Continue reading Select Board Interviews a NETA Employee for the Cannabis Mitigation Advisory Committee
On December 17th, 2020, around 7:30pm, NETA appeared before the Select Board to negotiate the terms of their 2020 operating license for retail marijuana. Although this was a public hearing, Chair Greene relabeled it twice at the very beginning as a “hearing for the benefit of NETA.” Sadly, the proceedings only went downhill from there. Continue reading NETA’s 2020 License Renewal Hearing
Last evening (Oct. 22), over 120 Brookline residents crowded into the Select Board hearing room to support warrant articles that aim to place reasonable operating limits on NETA. In addition to NETA’s representatives and the police department, 35 people spoke; all but three live around NETA. Continue reading NETA’s 90-day follow-up Hearing, Public Comment Session
On September 24, 2019, NETA held its required annual Community Meeting at the Brookline Public Library. On October 11th, they released a report allegedly summarizing and responding to this meeting. Unfortunately, NETA’s report seems to describe an event very different from the one attended by its neighbors, many of whom shared earnest accounts of the marijuana retailer’s impact on their lives since the shop’s expansion into recreational sales only 6 months earlier. Continue reading NETA’s Report on its 2019 Community Meeting
Precinct 5 Town Meeting Member Faith Michaels recently distributed a report on this October 12th community meeting. Dear Neighbors, We had a great showing at the meeting this morning put on by the League of Women Voters. Paul [Warren] and I were among the attendees. For those of you who missed it here is a bit of a recap.
Michael Gropman, Deputy Superintendent, Brookline Police will discuss the impact of NETA on the Brookline Community, Fri Oct 11th at 9:30am in Brookline Village. Continue reading Brookline PD Officer to discuss NETA’s impacts on Brookline Village
On October 9th, 2019, NETA President Amanda Rositano sent a lengthy email to all Brookline Town Meeting Members. Continue reading NETA President contacts TMMs regarding Cannabis Regulation Warrant Articles
Watch a White Place resident describe her experience at home since NETA expanded their hours and began selling recreational marijuana to walk-in customers. Continue reading White Place resident describes impact of NETA
“Tensions flared at a recent community meeting on Brookline’s New England Treatment Access, the meeting becoming heated as residents clamored to comment, occasionally raising their voices and speaking over one another.” Continue reading “As Brookline NETA shares policy updates, critics call for more change”
Note: This chronology is presented in reverse order; more recent events are near the top of the page. To start at the beginning of the narrative, scroll all the way down to the bottom and begin reading, scrolling up as you go. Also, please refer to the catalog of Select Board videos, transcripts, and meeting reports for more details about licensing and other decisions mentioned below.