Companies begin presenting business plans for recreational pot shops in Springfield

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Nearly two dozen recreational marijuana companies are making their case to open dispensaries in Springfield.

Over the next two days, 23 companies will make their case for opening recreational marijuana dispensaries in Springfield. 

Companies began presenting their business plans to the public on Tuesday night. The companies discussed security, location, and signage. There will be two more meetings Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday’s meeting will take place at the Van Sickle Middle School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday’s meeting will happen at the Rebecca M. Johnson Elementary School also from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Mayor Domenic Sarno said the goal is to make the bidding process fair, address community impacts, and to ensure everyone has access to this new business.

The city is setting a limit of 15 recreational cannabis dispensaries to open. The city’s request for proposals closes on May 20th.

Mayor Sarno’s internal review committee will then rank the proposals.

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