DANBURY – The Aug. 16 target opening of the city’s first medicinal marijuana dispensary in a former west side bank turned out to be more ambitious than successful.
But the opening of the Mill Plain Road dispensary, which has been rebranded The Botanist, is not far off, an executive for the parent company said last week.
“We just have to pass one last state inspection,” said Carl Tirella, general manager of New York-based Acreage Holdings, which owns three medicinal pot dispensaries in Connecticut. “Construction will be complete in two weeks.”
The delayed opening of the city’s first cannabis dispensary means patients with medical marijuana cards will continue to buy products at the Compassionate Care Center of Connecticut in Bethel, which Acreage bought late last decade along with dispensaries in Montville and South Windsor.
The Bethel location will close and staff will move to a larger two-story building in Danbury in as soon as a month, Tirella said.
The sign outside the Danbury location, which reads The Botanist, is part of a rebranding effort by Acreage for its Connecticut dispensaries. The Botanist is also the name of product line for Acreage, which has 18 dispensaries in six states.
The opening of the Danbury location comes at an uncertain time for the cannabis business in Connecticut. One the one hand, the industry welcomed phased state legislation in July that decriminalized marijuana and opened the door for retails sales as soon as the last quarter of 2022.
On the other hand, communities including Danbury have imposed a temporary freeze on all new cannabis-related business activity in order to study the new state law