Ban On Recreational Marijuana Upheld in West Springfield, Mass., As Council Overrides Mayor's Veto

Ban On Recreational Marijuana Upheld in West Springfield, Mass., As Council Overrides Mayor's Veto

The 8-1 vote to override the veto means a ban on sales of recreational marijuana will be imposed.

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July 10, 2018
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WEST SPRINGFIELD -- The Town Council voted 8-1 to override a veto from the mayor in a special meeting Monday at Town Hall that means a ban on sales of recreational marijuana will be imposed.

Councilors argued the majority of residents wanted such a ban as shown by West Springfield being among the minority of cities and towns that rejected a 2016 ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana.

The vote prompted applause from the audience in Town Council Chambers, though sign-holding supporters of the opposite view were present, also.

The vote comes despite Mayor William C. Reichelt saying that a town ban makes little sense since recreational marijuana statewide is legal with voter approval of a 2016 ballot question.

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