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.
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