Springfield prepares for 2nd round of marijuana business applications

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SPRINGFIELD — Four approved marijuana retailers have yet to open in Springfield, but the city is already putting out the welcome mat to lure more companies, including shops and cultivation operations.Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, in a news release late Thursday, said the city expects in October to begin accepting applications from recreational marijuana businesses for its second round of approvals.Sarno said he would consider approving up to four new retail applicants and up to two new cultivation applicants.In 2019, Sarno selected four marijuana businesses, out of 27 applicants, for host community agreements.Three of those companies have secured local permits to operate marijuana shops in Springfield, but are still awaiting state approvals before they can open.A fourth company, Insa, is seeking to move forward after it prevailed in a lawsuit against the City Council, which initially denied Insa a special permit despite Sarno’s backing.No cultivation applications were approved in the first round.“I want to assure that a fair and transparent evaluation is put in place to review any new applications or amended applications by past applicants, seeking to open up an Adult Use Marijuana business in Springfield,” Sarno said. “We have conducted a successful first round …

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