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The commissioner Nurys Camargo expects that the commission will be discussing regulatory changes related to these key issues over the next four- or five months. After these discussions, the commission will allow the public to comment on the policies before finalizing them. A deal must be reached with the host municipality before a cannabis business is allowed to open. These host community agreements are controversial. Many agreements include community impact fees. This is a local tax the municipality can charge local cannabis businesses. Last summer, the state legislature approved a law requiring that the community impact fee be linked to costs incurred by the municipality due to the cannabis business. The fees are also subject to a time limit of eight years. Camargo stated that they are excited to now have oversight and supervision in order to be able review the licenses. This new law also requires that the commission create a minimum standard for equity policies, which must be included in host community agreements. The commission will determine the policies required over the coming months. Although these businesses were legalized technically alongside recreational marijuana sales in the 2016 ballot question, some regulatory issues have prevented social consumption businesses from being allowed to open. The regulations for social consumption in the cannabis industry were developed by previous commissioners. They also required equity applicants to be granted an exclusive period. The current board must also create a social consumption licence. Camargo stated that for now, "we're only looking at those with a due date, a mandat, and then we'll focus on other ones."