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Springfield Considers Moratorium On Marijuana Stores


The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday will consider a moratorium on marijuana stores.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno called for a time-limited moratorium on retail pot shops in the city, shortly after Massachusetts voters in November passed Question 4 to legalize recreational marijuana.

"So, I think we have to be very structured and defined in this issue," Sarno said.

The proposed moratorium would be in place until the end of this year.

The Massachusetts legislature has already voted to delay for six months implementation of some sections of the voter-approved law, including allowing retail sales.

Possessing and using marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, as it growing a limited number of plants at home.   But, it remains illegal to sell marijuana.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.