Money from recreational pot shops in Springfield to go directly to nearby neighborhoods

Hampden County

Money from recreational marijuana shops in Springfield will go directly to the neighborhoods they’ll be located in.

Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Tuesday that he had reached an agreement with the city council on the city’s impacted neighborhood stabilization fund. Once recreational sales start in the city, 33 percent of the 3 percent sales tax imposed by the city will go to the neighborhoods within a one mile radius of a dispensary.

Tiffany Yazzie of Springfield said many neighborhood programs could use the help, “They would appreciate the help, yes they would. Like the drug recovery programs, programs that help the homeless.”

The city said the money will be directed towards youth programs, infrastructure improvements, business incentives, and more.

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