The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in the town Tuesday night.
"We have been suggesting to our various towns that you pass this moratorium," town attorney Ira Bloom, of the law firm Berchem, Moses & Devlin P.C., said. "Something similar has been passed in Madison and Westport, and the reason is so that we have enough time to look into this carefully and suggest regulations to allow them only in certain areas, or to ban them completely from town."
Medical marijuana became law in Connecticut in 2012. Only those with a debilitating medical condition and a doctor's prescription will be able to purchase it, and only doctors who have been certified by the state may prescribe it. All the dispensaries, their owners and all pharmacy technicians must be registered with the state.
Each dispensary must have one licensed pharmacist onsite at all times, according to the legislation. Beginning Jan. 1, marijuana production facilities and dispensaries will be allowed to open their doors for business.
Two applications for marijuana dispensaries were denied by the Fairfield Plan and Zoning Commission earlier this month. The principal of the business behind one of those applications, David Lipton, of CT Wellness Centers, said he would look to other towns to set up shop.
The New Canaan moratorium will be for one year. The exact beginning and ending dates will depend on when Town Planner Steve Kleppin can get the commission's decision published as a legal notice, which must be posted for two consecutive weeks.
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