Norwalk considers temporarily banning cannabis businesses

NORWALK — A committee will consider whether to impose a temporary ban on cannabis establishments in Norwalk, a departure from city officials’ original stance against limiting the use of the product.

“Consistent with the authority granted under the State of Connecticut Cannabis Regulations, all cannabis establishments are prohibited in all zoning districts in the City of Norwalk for a period of 9 months,” the statement reads. ‘agenda. “It will come into effect 10 days after approval by Norwalk City Council.”

“Cannabis Establishments”, as defined by the June 2021 Public Session Act, are growers, dispensaries, cultivators, micro-growers, retailers, hybrid retailers, food and beverage manufacturers. beverages, product manufacturers, product packers and delivery services or carriers.

Recreational cannabis use was legalized in Connecticut in July, with some municipalities taking immediate action to limit use.

Norwalk officials, however, said at the time that there were no plans to ban cannabis businesses or restrict smoking within city limits beyond what is already in place for smoking.

The law, signed by Gov. Ned Lamont on June 22, includes a provision that will require cities with more than 50,000 residents to create outdoor spaces specifically for marijuana use. Cities “must designate a location within the municipality where public consumption is permitted,” according to an analysis of the bill by the Office of Legislative Research.

Norwalk is one of 19 cities that fall under the population requirement, but city spokesman Josh Morgan said at the time that there were no plans to limit marijuana use in the city beyond the regulations already outlined in state law.

“Private companies and owners can also prohibit use,” Morgan said in July. “Locations, such as city buildings, train platforms, bus stops, hospitals, schoolyards and playgrounds, and certain areas of our parks and beaches, will remain smoke-free and smoke-free. vaping, just as they currently are for tobacco products.”

The reason for the city’s apparent reversal regarding cannabis businesses in Norwalk was not specified in the meeting documents.

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