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Springfield close to opening marijuana dispensaries

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Massachusetts is getting closer to the opening of its first recreational marijuana shops.

Springfield city leaders held a public meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss possible zoning plans for any potential pot shops to open.

The Springfield Economic and Development Committee talked about different zoning areas within the city.

The meeting was open to the public, but not too many people showed up.

The Economic and Development Committee was discussing some zoning proposals for facilities that could become a recreational pot shop later this year.

"We have a moratorium in place until September 30th," says Adam Gomez of the Springfield City Council. "So if the city still has business to conduct, trying to get this right, then people would have to wait until September 30th. If we pass some of these zoning provisions and this ordinance [is] in place, we could look at recreational marijuana coming into play."

The committee hasn't met in some time, so Wednesday's meeting was a way to update the public on some areas and locations in the city that could be available for recreational pot shops to open.

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