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Framingham asks prospective marijuana businesses to apply online

Framingham recently invited recreational and medical marijuana businesses interested in locating in the city to apply for host agreements through a newly launched web page.

In an announcement, officials said that entities with track records of sound business practices that are committed to hiring a diverse workforce from Framingham’s local residents have an opportunity to open recreational marijuana establishments or medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

Under new procedures established by the city, those interested must apply for host community agreements through Framingham’s Marijuana Advisory Team’s page on the city’s website. The team will review each proposal received and advise Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer whether to enter into host agreements with the applicant.

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The launch of the website is the result of a planning process that involved Spicer, the city solicitor, a city Task Force on Marijuana Establishments, the Planning Board, the City Council, and municipal staff.

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Prior to adoption of the new procedures, Framingham had entered into host agreements in 2015 with several groups to open medical marijuana dispensaries, one of which is currently operating.

More recently, Spicer this summer negotiated agreements with two groups to open marijuana testing facilities. One of those is preparing to open and the other is pursuing its state license, according to city officials.

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.