The Day – Coastal Connecticut cities ban or delay hashish institutions

NEW HAVEN (AP) – With adult recreational cannabis legalized and retail sales approaching next year, several Connecticut coastal towns are saying no for the time being.

Guilford, Madison and North Branford have recently taken measures preventing cannabis operations from opening for nine months to a year, and Clinton has stopped using buildings, structures or land as a cannabis operation, producer, retailer or pharmacy, the New Haven Register reported .

The law, signed by Democratic Governor Ned Lamont in June, allows people 21 and older to keep up to 1.5 ounces (42.5 grams) of “cannabis plant material” and up to 5 ounces (141.7 grams) in a sealed container owning or consuming an apartment or in the trunk or in the locked glove compartment in the person’s vehicle. Recreational cannabis retail sales in Connecticut won’t start until the summer of 2022 at the earliest.

Clinton city manager Karl Kilduff told the Register that at a public hearing on the matter in September, 15 out of 17 people opposed allowing cannabis operations in the city. The city police chief also expressed concern about a “black market” developing alongside the legal market.

The Guilford moratorium will last until next June but will allow for more community discussion, First Selectman Matt Hoey told the newspaper. Madison’s moratorium is for nine months or until the commission issues zoning regulations, and North Branford’s will last until next October.

Paige Checci, a Guilford resident who spoke at a public meeting recently, said the moratoriums are denying local entrepreneurs opportunities.

“I don’t think we should say no to jobs, trade and good business,” Checci said in a replay of the meeting. “Connecticut is building a billion dollar industry, so why should Guilford say no while other cities and towns say yes and benefit from it?”