Marijuana ban returns to West Springfield Town Council in special session
This story elaborates on an article published at 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2018: Put another marijuana ballot question to West Springfield voters: Mayor William Reichelt
WEST SPRINGFIELD — The recreational marijuana issue takes center stage today at 6 p.m. in a special meeting of the Town Council at Town Hall, 26 Central St.
The sole item on the agenda is whether to override a veto that Mayor William C. Reichelt issued June 27. The veto rejected a ban on commercial marijuana sales that the Council had established with an 8-1 vote June 4.
A two-thirds majority of the nine-member Council, or six votes, is needed to achieve an override. That would establish the ban on recreational marijuana sales here.
An override of the mayor’s veto would seem to be assured given the tally to impose the ban last month, Town Council President George D. Condon III said in a phone interview Thursday.
“I suspect that we have it, being that it was 8-1 before. And I know some of the councilors were saying before, ‘Look, we don’t have to rush into it.’ If we see cities and towns are making a lot of money on it” the council can reconsider, Condon said.
“Their attitude, some of them, was let’s take a wait and see approach,” he said.
The override vote comes as Reichelt Friday called for the Town Council to place another ballot question before voters asking whether they want to permit or still ban sales of recreational marijuana here.
In 2016, West Springfield voters rejected recreational marijuana by a vote of 6,239-5,814, or over 50 percent to nearly 47 percent. Three percent of ballots were blank.
Reichelt’s point is that since Massachusetts voters statewide opted to legalize recreational marijuana, a town-wide ban on such commerce makes no sense with surrounding cities and towns