SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Monday night, the Springfield City Council is expected to vote on a new host agreement for a medical marijuana facility in Springfield.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has reached a new agreement with Hamdpen Care Facility to operate at 506 Cottage Street. This is the same company that City Council rejected in August by an 8-3 vote.
A majority of the councilors who opposed the host agreement back in August said they were against two clauses.
The first clause would have allowed Hampden Care to be the only medical marijuana dispensary in Springfield for up to five years, creating a monopoly.
The second clause would have let the company only make annual payments to Indian Orchard and East Springfield, instead of the city as a whole.
The new agreement does not have a non-compete for other medical marijuana facilities. Instead, other companies would have to go through the same process as Hampden Care is going through with the host agreement.
Under this new agreement, the company would be required to donate $50,000 to the City of Springfield and $50,000 to the Springfield Police Department in 2018. In 2019, the company would have to donate $100,000 to the City of Springfield and $50,000 to the police department.
By 2020, those numbers would rise to $150,000 to the City of Springfield and another $50,000 to the police department.