Entering the market, however, can be a difficult process for businesses, according to Atwood. Atwood said her locality only allows for one recreational license, and that upon applying, businesses must execute a Host Community Agreement (HCA). An HCA is an agreement between the business and the municipality regarding the business’s operations and fees.
Atwood said the process to secure an HCA put her in a “sort of limbo” between a “hesitant town” and the MCCC.
According to Atwood, more pathways should be opened for people to enter the business.
“A lot of the people trying to get into the industry are focusing on licenses,” Atwoodsaid. “We need other things to be developed for this industry to thrive.”