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Springfield pot store applicant requests documents on city's selection process after questions arise

Frank Dailey, left, and Carlo Sarno, owners of Boston Bud Factory, address the Holyoke, Massachusetts, City Council Ordinance Committee in 2018.
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Frank Dailey, left, and Carlo Sarno, owners of Boston Bud Factory, address the Holyoke, Massachusetts, City Council Ordinance Committee in 2018.

A man who applied to open a marijuana store in Springfield, Massachusetts, but was denied has asked the city for information on the selection process. That's after an audit found problems with it.

Last month, the Springfield auditor released a report saying some documents used to score applicants could not be located.

The auditor also concluded that one applicant had been scored incorrectly and therefore potentially missed out on the opportunity to open a pot shop in the city.

Frank Dailey was among those who applied but were not selected.

"We are seeking any information related to the scoring system and how each applicant was scored and the criteria for scoring," he said. "It concerns me when things aren't public and transparent."

The city solicitor responded to the auditor's report in a memo. He called the contention that someone lost out "somewhat misleading," saying the mayor ultimately gets to decide who receives the city's approval.

In light of the findings of the audit, Springfield City Councilor Justin Hurst has also asked the city to provide documents on the selection process.

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