Danbury bans marijuana businesses for 1 year; but it won't stop legal weed use or a new dispensary – Danbury News Times

DANBURY — Zoning leaders passed a one-year ban on new marijuana businesses to give planners time to digest Connecticut’s new adult cannabis law, but the moratorium won’t stop legal weed use here or prevent a new medical marijuana dispensary from opening next month.

“We just don’t know — that’s the point of the moratorium,” said City Council minority leader Paul Rotello, a Democrat, during a public hearing this week. “Let’s approve (the temporary ban) and then let’s have, among other things, a monetary study and give the people some insight as to what the true financials are going to be.”

Rotello was referring to a moratorium on new cannabis business applications that was unanimously passed by the Zoning Commission Wednesday over objections from residents and the medical marijuana dispensary that is moving from Bethel to a former bank on Danbury’s west side in mid-August.

“This doesn’t affect our medical marijuana dispensary, but it does affect us if we decide to apply for a hybrid license (to also sell retail marijuana),” said Carl Tirella, general manager of Acreage Holdings, which owns the Compassionate Care Center in Bethel and two other Connecticut dispensaries, during an

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