While some cities and towns are considering banning cannabis deals, Norwich is adopting them. The city held a cannabis information session on Friday. It gave people an opportunity to learn more about the state law and industry and how they could benefit the community.
As the cannabis industry begins in the state next year, Norwich is looking to pave the way for this new business.
“As a City of Norwich, we are open to business. And we stand ready to do the hard work to make sure all regulations are in place, ”said Swaranjit Singh, a newly elected councilor and member of the Norwich Community Development Corporation.
The Norwich Community Development Corporation hosted an event that brought together dozens of people who wanted to listen, learn, and network. Speakers broke up the new state law, discussed licenses and fees, and discussed other options, including education.
“That will be the future. We have already proven this in many other countries. Better to accept it than fight it safely, ”said Ethan Itchkawich, a Norwich resident.
We’re opening the cannabis industry to Connecticut, and there are so many opportunities for people to get involved on many, many levels, ”said Ginne-Rae Clay, interim executive director of the Connecticut Social Equity Council.
State and local officials say it can help community building as well. The Social Equity Council, which was formed as part of the Marijuana Act, says the funds they receive go back to the neighborhoods that need them most.
“We are considering doing very basic economic reinvestment in communities that are disproportionately affected,” Clay said.
“It has the opportunity to reach and help all of our people who live here. It’s something unique. You don’t usually see that something that is state sponsored has the ability to reach all the spectrums like this, ”said Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom.
Nystrom says he opposes the recreational marijuana legislation, but the move is about welcoming businesses with revenue that can help the whole city.
“If we can create jobs in our community and help the rest of the community even with more community income, it is not my place to be in a corner,” said Nystrom.
The Norwich Community Development Corporation says they are planning more of these briefings. To see the presentation missed at the meeting and learn more about NCDC, you can click here: https://askncdc.com/
Further information on the Connecticut Social Equity Council can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/socialequitycouncil/