Walsh Says Bringing Pot Shops To Boston Must Be Done Carefully

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) — Roughly two years after Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, the city of Boston is still planning on how to handle the roll out of recreational pot shops. Boston City Council is pushing for progress on the issue, while Mayor Marty Walsh is asking for patience.

Mayor Walsh — who was publicly against legalizing recreational marijuana in 2016 — said his administration is not trying to slowdown the process of bringing recreational pot shops to the city.

“This industry is brand new in Massachusetts, and brand new in Boston. Some of the councilors that want us to move fast, people in their own district don’t want [the recreational pot shops],” Walsh said. “So, I think that when it comes time for community meetings and the conversations, we have to be very careful as we set these and plan these pot shops. I’m very clear with them. It’s going to happen. We’re not sullying it down.”

Earlier this week, Boston City Council held a hearing on equity in the cannabis industry.

WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports



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