Cromwell PZC approves 30-day retail marijuana moratoriumPosted by On

CROMWELL — The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a 30-day moratorium on cannabis retailers as officials work toward enacting an ordinance limiting the number of those facilities in town.

The move, which went into effect Sept. 6, will give Town Council members time to consider whether they want to cap the number of cannabis businesses in Cromwell, planning officials say. 

The moratorium won’t apply to the two applications for cannabis retailers on Berlin Road that already have been submitted. One of those applications, which proposed to build a retail shop on 5.3 acres of vacant land at 5 Berlin Road, recently was approved by the PZC.

The application for the other proposed facility, at the site of the old Riverdale Cleaners, will be considered at the PZC’s next meeting.

After approving regulations for adult-use cannabis in May, planning officials said they were thrown a curveball when the state decided to remove a clause in its adult-use cannabis bill limiting the number of retailers and cultivators in a municipality.

Previously, towns and cities with populations of 25,000 residents or fewer were only allowed one retailer and one cultivator, according to the outdated statute.

Now, municipalities can allow an unlimited number of those facilities.

As a result of the change, the commission sought…

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