Residents discuss the impact of marijuana in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More than 20 people gathered in Springfield to talk about the impact of marijuana on their community.

The East Forest Park Civic Association held the event in the Gunnery Sgt Thomas Sullivan banquet room at Nathan Bill’s to consider marijuana’s impact and potential regulations. This, as Springfield’s health and human services committee considered new regulations for recreational marijuana use.

Ezra Parzybok, a cannabis consultant who served as the meeting’s guest speaker, said marijuana has a lot of beneficial uses.

“It can reduce the amount of opioids that are used. It can reduce the amount of law enforcement that are used that go towards marijuana crimes,” said Parzybok.

Recreational pot shops will not be able to open in Massachusetts until July of 2018.

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