TOLLAND — The Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to vote tonight on whether to amend regulations to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in town.
The commission is expected to take action on the issue after a public hearing on the matter. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Hicks Memorial Municipal Building.
The issue has not been without controversy as many in law enforcement, the Board of Education, and the Town Council chairman have voiced opposition to the dispensaries, which have been discussed since last year.
“There is good evidence that dispensaries have negative impact on our youth,” school board member Sam Adlerstein said today. “Marijuana use is already an issue with our children. To have a dispensary in town would worsen that.”
In a Sept. 15 letter to the commission, the school board asked that members hold off on voting on the matter until they receive all “relevant input from all stakeholders in the community,” including the school board, human services and prevention professionals, law enforcement, and the Eastern Highlands Health District.
Fred Valanti, a local resident who’s a proponent of medical marijuana dispensaries, said today that if such dispensaries are allowed in town he hopes to obtain a permit so he can sell it to someone who’s interested in opening a dispensary.
However, PZC member Barbara Dimaura said today that private citizens cannot sell such permits.
“A person could not sell their license obtained from the state of Connecticut or their approved application for a marijuana dispensary from the town of Tolland.”
It was in April 2018 that Valanti began a discussion with the PZC over the matter of having medical marijuana dispensaries in