SPRINGFIELD — City officials said this week they will consider re-establishing a moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses, possibly up to the end of 2018, to allow more time for drafting local regulations.
The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is recommending that communities consider the moratoriums while developing local guidelines, said Executive Director Timothy Brennan.
“None of this is intended as a stall technique,” Brennan said. “It’s intended to simply give cities and towns ample time to go through their process as indicated by law in a thoughtful way and respond accordingly. Time is only to make that happen, nothing more, nothing less.”
At a Springfield meeting on Monday night, City Solicitor Edward M. Pikula discussed the process, established by state law, for regulating the use and distribution of recreational marijuana.
The council approved a temporary moratorium earlier this year but it expired in August, Pikula said.
The city’s law and planning departments are recommending that a moratorium be renewed and stay in effect up to Dec. 31, 2018, or sooner if local regulations can be finalized sooner, he said.