West Springfield mayor vetoes recreational marijuana ban

Hampden County

West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt has vetoed the town council ban on Recreational Marijuana after the council voted eight to one to ban sales earlier this month. 

At the time of the council’s vote, Mayor Reichelt had proposed an ordinance to allow two pot shops in town.

In 2016, around 500 votes separated those in West Springfield for and against legalizing marijuana in  state wide ballot question.

Reichelt on Monday vetoed the Town Council ban, saying the city needs to give it more discussion

Reichelt said, “The question now is not should we legalize it, but, it’s now a legal market, should we allow it to participate in West Springfield? I’ve already talked to people who said yes- I voted against it in 2016, but it’s legal now, why should we not let West Springfield participate in that market?”

West Springfield resident Anne Ejsmont said while some people may have changed their minds on the issue of recreational marijuana, she still thinks the majority would be against it. 

Ejsmont said,  “I think there would be different voting on it. I guess it’s still really undecided, but I don’t think they should legalize it, I think too many of the kids would get ahold of it.”

The mayor’s veto will now be sent to the town council. Mayor Reichelt said the Council needs a two-thirds majority to overrides his veto.

If that happens, he’d like to put recreational marijuana ultimately to a town-wide ballot question. He said the council has ten days to respond to the veto. 

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