SECTION 1. Section 3 of chapter 94G of the General Laws, as inserted by section 5 of chapter 334 of the acts of 2016, is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:-
(e) A city or town may enter into a local employment agreement with a marijuana cultivator requiring that a certain per cent of the marijuana cultivator’s total workforce are residents of said city or town. If a city or town does execute such a written, local employment agreement with a marijuana cultivator, the city or town clerk shall send a certified copy of such agreement to the commission.
SECTION 2. Section 5 of said chapter 94G, as most recently amended by chapter 351 of the acts of 2016, is hereby further amended by adding the following subsection:-
(d) The commission shall give preferential consideration to marijuana cultivator license applications for marijuana cultivators owned by minorities, or by residents of the city or town in which the marijuana cultivator is to be located that submit proof of such residency with their application; provided, that any such application is in compliance with regulations of the commission and meets the requirements for licensure pursuant to this chapter and said regulations, and that the applicant has paid the required application fee.
SECTION 3. Subsection (e) of section 10 of chapter 334 of the acts of 2016, as amended by section 17 of chapter 351 of the acts of 2016, is hereby further amended by striking out the words “April 1, 2020” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- June 1, 2018.
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