Springfield residents discuss proposed recreational pot shops at public meeting

Hampden County

The public heard from a company looking to open a recreational marijuana facility in Springfield Tuesday night.

With the success of recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts, there are a few proposals to open pot shops in parts of Springfield.  

Developers from the Debilitating Medical Condition Treatment Center are looking at the International Biergarten building as well as Berkshire Avenue in the Pine Point neighborhood. 

They’re still in the process of completing a state application but wanted to hear feedback from area residents. They say they’ll bring more jobs to the city. 

“At our retail locations we’re looking to hire between 12 and 18 people as full-time employees per retail location,” said DMC Vice President Grant Guelich. “Our goal is to open three retail locations, and three processing, distribution, and cultivation facilities.”

These are just two locations that are submitting applications to sell recreational pot in Springfield, but first, they want to hear what concerns the community has regarding the proposals. 

Pine Point Community Council President John Lysak told 22News about what neighbors have said about having a recreational pot shop in their neighborhood.

“People want to hear the plan there’s definitely some residents that are just completely against I’ve met quite a few who are for it too,” said Lysak. “But a lot of it is a concern, they are unsure of what the actual impact will be.” 

Topics of Monday night’s meeting included public safety and traffic. DMC hopes to open the Berkshire Ave. location by July. They also have plans to open a facility on Main Street in Springfield. 

The meeting was held at 7 p.m. at the Aquarius Club. 

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