Springfield City Council releases draft regulations for recreational marijuana

Hampden County

The Springfield City Council’s Subcommittee on marijuana regulations released their draft regulations for recreational marijuana.

The subcommittee met for the first time at Springfield City Hall on Thursday afternoon to talk about their proposed pot regulations.

Part of their proposal would restrict recreational pot shops from opening in residential neighborhoods or operating within 500 feet of a school.

“We came up with what we think is a strong proposal,” City Council President Orlando Ramos told 22News. “Something that will open up a lot of business for the City of Springfield and potentially a lot of revenue for the city.”

Subcommittee members went to Denver in June to see how retail marijuana works in that city. He said their proposal combines what they learned in Denver with proposals from the planning department.

Ramos said the City Council will meet three more times before a final vote on regulations takes place on September 25th.

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