Springfield auditor will examine cannabis business selection process; consultant says focus was on fairness

SPRINGFIELD — The city’s internal auditor said this week he will examine the process for selecting cannabis companies, as requested by City Councilor Justin Hurst.

Hurst said he hopes the audit “will shed light on any improprieties that may have taken place.”

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and consultant Julie E. Steiner said the process was fair to all applicants.

Internal auditor Yong No, meeting with councilors Tuesday, said he will review whether the process complied with city ordinances, cannabis regulations and procurement laws. In addition, he will determine if “impartial and equal treatment” was given to all applicants. The audit will include interviewing members of the review committee and others involved in the process, he said.

Earlier this year the city launched its second round of applications for marijuana businesses. Twenty-four applications were reviewed and ranked by a city committee, and in May Sarno chose nine companies with which to…

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