Medical & Adult-Use Marijuana

In 2012, residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts voted to legalize the cultivation and sale of medical marijuana by a 63.3% - 36.7% margin. The residents of Northampton voted in favor of legalization by 75%.

In 2016, residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts voted to legalize non-medical, adult-use marijuana by a margin of 53.7% - 46.3%. The residents of Northampton voted in favor of legalization by 67%.

Those interested in locating and licensing a medical or adult-use marijuana facility in the City of Northampton are encouraged to contact the Office of Mayor David Narkewicz to schedule an introductory meeting to discuss the proposed business in advance of conducting a neighborhood outreach meeting. You can submit an online scheduling request here.

Interested marijuana facility operators are also encouraged to review our zoning ordinances, which were updated in early 2018 to include both medical and adult-use marijuana cultivation, processing, manufacturing, testing, and sales. These updates include requirements related to odor control for cultivation, processing and manufacturing.

  • Generally, cultivation, manufacturing, and processing is only allowed in the Office Industrial (OI), General Industrial (GI), and Planned Village (PV) districts.
  • Sales are only allowed in the Highway Business (HB), General Business (GB), Entranceway Business (EB), and Central Business (CB) districts.

See zoning maps here for location of these districts.

If you have any questions about zoning or building regulations, please contact either the Office of Planning and Sustainability at (413) 587-1262 or the Building Department at (413) 587-1240. 

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Negotiated Host Community Agreements

Medical

Adult-Use

Retail

Product Manufacturing

Cultivation

How Northampton Zoning works - 

Chapter 350 of the City of Northampton Code of Ordinances covers Zoning. For specific sections relating to marijuana see the following links: