Revolutionary Clinics drops lawsuit against Cambridge over cannabis regulation that benefits applicants


The Revolutionary Clinics of Medical Cannabis Dispensary have dropped a lawsuit against the City of Cambridge over an ordinance setting a two-year moratorium that only allows businesses with economic backing to operate a recreational business.

“Rev strongly believes that the best resources are developed through collaboration and partnership, rather than limitation. While we maintain our position that the Cambridge moratorium is contrary to state law, we ultimately recognize that this legal conflict must end. We have decided to drop the lawsuit and will instead devote more time, attention and financial resources to building effective equity programs in the communities where we operate, ”the pharmacy said in a statement Thursday.

Revolutionary Clinics has been selling medical marijuana in Cambridge since 2018 and has been trying to grow adult sales.

Cambridge’s Cannabis Business Permitting Ordinance provides for the two-year moratorium during which only certified economic empowerment applicants who are part of an equity program from the state Cannabis Control Commission can obtain a retail pharmacy license. The regulation is intended to help people who are disproportionately affected by the cannabis ban. The Massachusetts cannabis industry is largely made up of white operators, and raising capital remains a barrier to applicants.

“We understand that our words must be aligned with action, and we have started engaging cannabis thought leaders to examine stock programs nationwide to see what approaches have helped stock applicants open their doors. With this information, we believe we can develop and present a program that can expedite the opening of SE and EE stores in our communities, ”said Rev.

The lawsuit led some to boycott the revolutionary clinics.

“This decision to drop a heinous anti-equity lawsuit is a step in the right direction, but there are serious concerns to be addressed why Revolutionary Clinics told a judge a few months ago that such a local priority period was for Stock applies This would be a “racially discriminatory” measure against non-stock medical companies, “said Grant Ellis, who worked on organizing the boycott in 2019.

Court documents filed last year used the term racially discriminatory in relation to the regulation.

“In September 2019, the Defendant City of Cambridge issued Racial Discrimination Ordinance which exempted Registered Marijuana Pharmacies (“ RMDs ”), including Rev Clinics, from their statutory right to convert their medical marijuana businesses into shared medical and adult businesses. Use companies as a priority and expedited ”, it says in the documents. The ordinance prohibits RMDs from operating adult businesses in the city for at least two years, while providing exclusive preference for a single category of permit applicants, referred to as “economic qualification applicants” as defined by the during that two year period Breed of the applicant and excludes certain breeds from eligibility. The Cambridge Ordinance is unlawful and violates House Rules amendments to the Massachusetts Constitution in four basic ways, each of which provides an independent basis for declaring the ordinance illegal. “

Revolutionary clinics pride themselves on supporting businesses for economic empowerment and social justice, including through their ASPIRE program. Rev said the program provided advice, mentoring, flexible funding, and inventory to four SE and EE-led companies.

“We want to build on this collaborative approach to create a cannabis retail landscape that we can all be proud of,” the statement said.

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