TRUMBULL – Those who were planning to get their recreational marijuana from a local dispensary may find their hopes nipped in the bud. At least temporarily.
First Selectwoman Vicki Tesoro has asked the Planning & Zoning Commission to “adopt the necessary revisions to our zoning regulations in order to put a temporary hold on allowing any such non-medical retail cannabis dispensary in Trumbull through August 31, 2022.”
Non-medical use of marijuana has been legal in the state since July 1. Although possession of small amounts of the drug is now legal, retail stores will not be allowed to open until at least May 2022.
Tesoro cited a lack of clarity on certain aspects of the law, SB-1201, that legalized marijuana, including its retail sale, as reasons for the pause.
“Although the bill is very detailed, completed regulations concerning certain aspects of the law, including non-medical cannabis retail dispensaries, have not yet been issued,” she said in a statement Aug. 6. “I am not opposed to the legalization of the possession of cannabis as defined in this new law, nor am I opposed to non-medical cannabis retail establishments. However, as a longtime advocate against underage drinking and drugs, I am concerned about the impact of the new law and retail non-medical cannabis dispensaries on our youth.”
She listed TPAUD, the local public school system and first responders as organizations that would need to be consulted about retail dispensaries in town before the town took any action. The Department of Consumer Protection is still developing regulations on retail sale of marijuana in the state, and Tesoro said any discussion on Trumbull dispensaries