US (MA): Permits approved for cannabis cultivation inside mall

Permits for new cannabis businesses have been approved by the City Council in Springfield, where the burgeoning cannabis industry has been slow to make inroads.

After months of delay, as some on the Springfield City Council questioned the process the city administration used to recommend new cannabis businesses, the Council voted to approve special permits for both a retail and a cultivation operation in a former Macy’s store at the Eastfield Mall and for a retail business on Main Street in the Indian Orchard neighborhood.

However, the Council again postponed a vote on a controversial cultivation facility proposed in East Springfield.

The vote to approve the special permit for what could be the first cannabis cultivation operation in the city at the former Macy’s site came after Christopher Mitchem of Diem Springfield assured Councilors that odor from the growing cannabis plants will not spread to other parts of the mall.

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