Retail marijuana tax revenues could help improve Springfield communities (WWLP)
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield leaders want to make sure retail marijuana shops benefit the neighborhoods where they're located.
City Councilors Jesse Lederman, Justin Hurst, and Melvin Edwards plan to introduce legislation to account for recreational marijuana tax revenues.
They want 25 percent to fund programs within a 1-mile radius of a retail establishment. Another 25 percent would go toward communities "historically impacted" by marijuana before it was legalized.
"That was a concern that we heard when we were working on the zoning regulations," Lederman told 22News. "People wanted to be ensured that their neighborhood would benefit if they were hosting a dispensary, and the things that come along with that."
Under the proposal, the remaining retail pot tax revenue would go to the city's general fund.
Springfield has zoning regulations in place, but the Cannabis Control Commission has not yet approved any retail outlets to open in Massachusetts.