US (CT): Middletown approves rules allowing cannabis cultivation and sale

The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday approved regulations that would allow the cultivation and sale of cannabis in Middletown, without taking action on the commission chair’s proposal to allow cultivation in residential zones that currently allow farming.

The regulations approved by the commission allow “micro-cultivation” in three of the city’s four industrial zones – not including the I-3 zone that sits along the Connecticut River – its Interstate Trade zone along I-91, and its transitional development and industrial redevelopment zones.

The commission also approved allowing cannabis retail sales in the city’s general business district – which is along retail corridors on Washington Street, South Main Street and Saybrook Road, but not downtown – and in the Newfield Street Corridor, along Newfield north of Congdon Street.

The commission approved the regulations by a vote of 6-1, with Commissioner Catherine Johnson the only “no” vote. Johnson urged the commission to table the discussion to allow more time to consider the regulations and to solicit feedback from the public. Other members of the commission cited economic development and openness to new businesses for their “yes” votes.


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