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UK: Glastonbury officials vote to ban cannabis establishments

The Glastonbury Town Council voted to ban all cannabis establishments following a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Tuesday night, April 25, council members, residents, and local activists raised alarms about the potential for cannabis establishments to pose a risk to the health and well-being of youth and pointed to the availability of cannabis in nearby towns as a reason Glastonbury could do without.

"At the heart of this is a values conflict," Councilor Deborah Carroll said at Tuesday's meeting. "Tax revenue versus the mental and physical well-being of our youth."

The measure to ban establishments, including production facilities, dispensaries, and micro-cultivators, passed with just one vote dissenting from Republican Councilor Whit Osgood.

"I supported state legalization of cannabis because I felt it would be much better for the state to regulate cannabis than to have drug cartels and drug dealers handle it," Osgood said. "With that logic, I feel it would be inconsistent that the stores should be in Newington but not Glastonbury."

There was a moratorium on cannabis establishments in Glastonbury from September 1, 2021, through March 1, 2023. An action item on January 24 extended the moratorium until June 1.

Read the entire article at CT Insider

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