Applicants can present their plans to the public in early May
There are no cannabis shops yet in Springfield but that could be changing soon.
Mayor Domenic Sarno says operators of would-be recreational cannabis businesses can begin the process Monday of applying for approval from the city. A request for qualifications and proposals will be available on the city’s website and the state’s online procurement platform.
In a statement, Sarno said potential marijuana establishments must show respect for Springfield neighborhoods and business districts.
Applicants will be offered a chance to present their plans to the public in early May. The city has set a June 17 date for selecting one or more operators who must then enter into negotiations for a host community agreement.
Any businesses must also be licensed by the state’s Cannabis Control Commission before they can open.