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Delay Sought on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Springfield

Health-MarijuanaSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)– Mayor Domenic Sarno is recommending a moratorium on medical dispensaries until Springfield has time to fully assess the law and put in an appropriate plan.

That’s according to a press release sent to ABC40 Tuesday afternoon from Mayor Sarno’s office.

A comprehensive plan is needed to properly administer the State of Massachusetts’ Act of 2012, An Act for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana.

Mayor Sarno says, “In meeting with City Solicitor Ed Pikula, Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, Police Commissioner William Fitchet, and Deputy Director of Planning Phil Dromey, I have asked for a review as to how this law will locally affect us as it pertains to zoning, public health and public safety issues.”

Before any dispensaries are allowed to open in the City of Springfield, the city’s Planning Board is expected to develop local controls to address these concerns.

Currently, regulations have been published by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to administer the law at the state level.  However, the application to apply to be a dispensary agent has yet to be published, but is expected soon.

Mayor Sarno adds, “We need to ensure that the City of Springfield is ready to implement the law locally and will have appropriate local oversight protections in place for the protection of the residents of the city.”

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