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City Councilors want recreational pot sales to benefit all Springfield residents

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - City leaders want to make sure all residents can benefit once recreational marijuana sales begin in Springfield. 

Monday night marked the fifth meeting of the Springfield City Council's Committee on Marijuana Regulations. They want to make sure everyone who lives in Springfield, can benefit from this new industry. 

One proposal creates a category of Economic Empowerment Applicants, meaning residents who'd been convicted of simple drug possession, would be able to work in the city's cannabis industry. 

“We allocate three slots for Economic Empowerment Applicants, and we also allocate three slots for residents,” said Justin Hurst, City Council president. 

This is only a proposal.    

The Committee plans to have a draft of the city's proposed marijuana regulations by February 5.


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