STAMFORD — The Stamford Zoning Board kept discussions short and to the point on Monday night when it backed a second medical marijuana dispensary within city limits.
In a unanimous vote, the board approved Fine Fettle Dispensary’s request to open a new pharmacy location in an industrial enclave just north of the Glenbrook train station. The company currently runs medical dispensaries in Newington, Willimantic, and Storrs-Manfield.
“Medical marijuana dispensaries, they’ve been around for a while now,” the dispensary’s attorney Meaghan Miles told the board. “And they’re understood to be safe and secure, quiet, and really economically successful and can serve as a catalyst for further economic development in the area.”
Fine Fettle’s new location will not change the number of dispensaries in the state. The Connecticut-based outfit recently acquired its Storrs dispensary but plans to move the license from Tolland County down to lower Fairfield. The state Department of Consumer Protection has already approved the license transfer, according to the attorney representing Fine Fettle.
Only 18 dispensaries have received a green light from governors past and present to open facilities. One — owned by the country’s largest cannabis company, Curaleaf — operates on Stamford’s East Main Street.
Still, the city — and county — has the demand to warrant another site, Fine Fettle’s Chief Operating Officer Benjamin Zachs told The Stamford Advocate.
“It is by far the most densely populated area of Connecticut with the fewest dispensaries,” Zachs said. “There’s a million people who live in Fairfield County, and there’s currently three dispensaries.”
Compared to some of its northern neighbors, access to medicinal cannabis in the Stamford area is sparse. Both Hartford and New Haven Counties have lower populations than Fairfield, yet they each have