City of Springfield considering regulations for recreational marijuana

The city's health and human services committee is looking into what can be regulated

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  Springfield’s Health and Human Services Committee is considering new regulations for recreational marijuana.

City Councilor Marcus Williams said the East Forest Park Civic Association had asked the city to look into the impact and potential regulations for recreational marijuana in Springfield.

The city attorney said Monday it’s not completely clear yet what can and cannot be regulated with regard to recreational marijuana on a municipal level. It appears the city could create regulations regarding on-premises consumption, marketing, or the number of establishments.

“This research will inform of course our work in assessing some of the needs that it brings, and again some of the unintended consequences as well,” Springfield City Councilor Marcus Williams said.

While it’s unclear what kind of rules the city can impose regarding recreational pot, once approved and passed, they would carry the weight of any other city ordinance.