New Canaan renews moratorium on marijuana dispensaries
NEW CANAAN --The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously agreed to renew a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in the town Tuesday night.
The decision was made in less than three minutes.
It followed a recommendation by Town Planner Steve Kleppin, who said the commission needs more information about what other Connecticut municipalities are doing.
"Some towns are doing nothing, saying `it's not allowed in our regulations, so if anybody asks, we're going to say no,'" he said.
"Some people are amending their regulations to define what a marijuana facility is and differentiate it from other uses, and then some folks are allowing" dispensary proposals to be considered.
Without the renewal, the moratorium would expire Oct. 24.
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Kleppin's concern, he said, is that if the commission says no to a potential application, the applicant could appeal at the state Supreme Court.
Medical marijuana became legal in Connecticut in 2012. Only patients with a debilitating medical condition and a doctor's prescription are allowed to purchase it, and only doctors who have been certified by the state may prescribe it.
All facilities, their owners and pharmacy technicians must be registered with the state.
Connecticut's first medical marijuana dispensary opened Aug. 20 in South Windsor. Fairfield County's first facility opened in Bethel Sept. 16.
Kleppin said town attorney Ira Bloom would attend a commission meeting in the next month or two to provide information on how the town may deal with future applications.
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