HARTFORD, Conn. – Within the space of a few days the state approved plans to place three new medical marijuana dispensaries in two cities while another town passed legislation that would prevent a similar facility from ever opening there.
Two new dispensaries were approved in Milford and one in Waterbury on Jan. 15, bringing the total number approved to operate in the state to nine.
State Department of Consumer Protection spokeswoman Lora Rae Anderson said nearly half of the most recent applications for marijuana facilities were for sites in Milford, which is “a pretty central location” given that the bulk of the 8,228 medical marijuana patients registered in Connecticut live in New Haven or Fairfield counties.
While the state was approving plans for new medical marijuana facilities, in a 5-2 vote on Jan. 6, Guilford’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted to amend the zoning code and add a section banning medical marijuana dispensaries and production facilities in town.
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