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Cannabis summit held to discuss future possibilities of recreational marijuana

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Imagine the marijuana equivalent of a nightclub where alcohol was served, that's one of the concepts considered at a cannabis summit Wednesday night. 

The Pioneer Valley Cannabis Industry Summit was focused on "social equity" and social consumption.

The summit included a panel made up of members of the Cannabis Control Commission, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, attorneys, and cannabis industry leaders.

The discussions focused on social equity in the marijuana industry and making sure minorities and people of color have opportunities in the growing cannabis industry. Discussions also covered social consumption.

Former Boston City Councilor and medical marijuana dispensary owner Tito Jackson said laws may have to change.

Right now, you can buy marijuana products but they can only be consumed in your home. Marijuana use would likely violate your lease if you use Section 8 vouchers or live in an apartment.

"We have to deal with this issue, because the product is now legal, but there are technically very few legal places to consume. We have to be thoughtful about creating places that are legal, that are not a nuisance, and that are actually regulated," said Jackson.

Jackson envisions something like smoking lounges and hookah bars, set up with filtration systems and an over-21 requirement. 

Western Massachusetts' second recreational marijuana facility will begin sales in Easthampton sometime this month.


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