ENFIELD, CT – Cannabis operations are no longer allowed to operate in Enfield after the city council passed a ban ordinance Tuesday night.
In a vote on the party line, six Council Republicans voted for a resolution banning all types of cannabis operations, while three Democrats voted against the measure. Republicans Joe Bosco and Donna Szewczak were not present.
In accordance with the regulation: “Any cannabis establishment, producer, dispenser, breeder, micro-grower, retailer, hybrid retailer, food and beverage manufacturer, product packer, delivery service or carrier, any other type of licensed cannabis company, or conducting such activity for commercial purposes under whatever name is and is prohibited within the town of Enfield.
“This prohibition must not be construed as specifically affecting the medicinal use of cannabis”.
approved by Bill No. 1201, Section 83, which may be amended from time to time. “
A public hearing on the matter was held prior to the meeting and was attended by 30 speakers, 22 of whom were against the ban. The hearing lasted an hour and 40 minutes, and many speakers criticized the proposal to ban a marijuana dispensary in the same city that has at least 15 liquor stores.
Many spoke of the dangers of alcohol that far outweigh the effects of marijuana. Marge Perry, whose sister Mary Lou Strom was Enfield Mayor for many years, said, “Alcohol kills babies, cigarettes killed my sister.”
A number of speakers urged the city councils to put the issue to the electorate in the referendum.
“Only a brave leadership would say let’s look a little closer and bring it to a referendum,” said Jeffrey Scott.
On the other side of the subject, Marie Pyznar called the recent legalization of cannabis in Connecticut “nothing but a monetary creation of our state”.
Several city councils who voted in favor of the ban have expressed concern about the potential impact on children.
“The acceptance of recreational marijuana in our city is unacceptable to our children,” said Councilor Kelly Hemmeler. Councilor Charlotte Riley said her main concern is packaged foods designed to appeal to children.
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