Amherst signs contracts with 3 recreational marijuana sellers

AMHERST — The town recently signed contracts with three recreational marijuana sellers, paving the way for them to seek the state’s permission to open for business.

The host community agreements require the businesses to pay the town a negotiated amount of money in exchange for being able to operate in the community.

Geoff Kravitz, the Amherst economic development director, provided copies of the three agreements to The Republican in response to a public records request.

The documents show Mass. Alternative Care Inc., Herbology Group Inc. and Rise Holdings Inc. agreed to pay the town, each year, a 3 percent “community impact fee” which means 3 percent of more at