Opinion: Ridgefield marijuana prohibition misguidedPosted by On

It is the obligation of the citizens of Ridgefield to come to the Town Hall Annex at 66 Prospect St. Wednesday, Sept. 7, to correct a mistake made by the majority of the Board of Selectmen. The Board of Selectmen are attempting to prohibit a retail cannabis business from existing in town. The board is endorsing ignorance over the town’s best interests.

For those that do not want others consuming cannabis, the proposed ordinance will not change anything in terms of people in Ridgefield having access to cannabis. It will prevent the town from gaining 3 percent in taxes on every sale made as well as enjoying new jobs in our town. The law that legalized cannabis in Connecticut last year makes sure Connecticut residents will be able to purchase cannabis in the near future, regardless of what town they are in or what action town boards take. The law also provides for cannabis deliveries and prohibits towns from banning those deliveries from occurring. There will be more than a dozen places for people to buy cannabis in Connecticut in less than a year. If consumers do not want to go in person, customers will be allowed to have cannabis delivered. The argument over whether we want cannabis in our town is moot.

The law enabling cannabis sales also adds a great deal of tax revenue for the towns that allow sales. It specifically provides that a 3-percent tax on every sale goes directly to the town in which the business is situated. Based on the

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