Holyoke marijuana dispensary ordinance gets delayed

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The process to implement a city ordinance on medical marijuana dispensaries is back to square one in Holyoke.

The Planning and Ordinance Committees held a public hearing Tuesday night after the original ordinance proposal failed to receive a majority approval from the City Council. The committees will now have to submit a new version of the ordinance.

Former State Senator Brian Lees is part of a group that wants to open a dispensary on Appleton Street in Holyoke. 22News talked to him about the delay in the ordinance implementation.

“This is still the location we want to be, on Appleton Street,” said Lees. “We are following state guidelines right now because the city hasn’t put any into effect, but whatever they put into effect, we’ll work with. We respect the committees and the City Council.”

It’s not clear yet when the new version of the ordinance will be on the City Council agenda.

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