SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Four Springfield City Councilors traveled to Denver last month to learn how that city handles the legal pot industry.

Councilors Orlando Ramos, Justin Hurst, Adam Gomez, and Kateri Walsh met with Denver city officials and visited some of the city’s 200 dispensaries over two days in late June.

Springfield’s moratorium on recreational marijuana sales is set to end in September. The councilors wanted to evaluate Denver’s recreational pot regulations.

Ramos told 22News, “One of the things that I learned, is that we may not necessarily need a cap here in the city, we just need to be careful about how we zone, and put in certain zoning restrictions which may cap it in itself.”

Ramos said Denver created new departments and services addressing legal weed; something Springfield may consider.

Ramos said the councilors funded the fact-finding trip with campaign funds and personal cash.

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