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Nearly four years since the commencement of retail marijuana sales in Northampton on November 20, 2018, what has been the effect (if any) on community resources such as human service agencies and prevention and recovery service providers?
Panel discussion with community-based agencies and industry representatives to learn how the growing number of marijuana retailers in Northampton has impacted business, prevention and recovery services and young peoples' attitudes toward cannabis and actual cannabis use.
Participants will include Susan Stubbs, President and CEO of ServiceNet, Heather Warner, Manager of the Strategic Planning Initiative for Families and Youth (SPIFFY) Coalition at the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) and Caroline Johnson, PhD, SPIFFYs Public Health Data & Evaluation Specialist, lawyer and cannabis consultant Ezra Parzybok and Volkan Polatol, owner of Mulino's Restaurant and Honey dispensary.
Two brief presentations will be followed by questions and answers and an opportunity for public comment.
Link to City Code Book Article 1, §290
- Adopted 12-19-2019 by Northampton City Council with provision for three-year review
- Referred to City Services, Community Resources and Legislative Matters - 3/3/2022
- Discussed at Joint City Services/Legislative Matters Committee meeting, no action taken - 5/2/2022
- City Services continued discussion. No vote taken but consensus reached to recommend no change at this time but to change provision for initial three-year review to regular three-year review - 9/6/2022
Update by Javier Luengo-Garrido, Organizing Strategist/Community Advocate, ACLU of Massachusetts