P&Z considers extending marijuana moratorium

Connecticut lawmakers voted in favor of wide-ranging cannabis legalization last summer, laying the groundwork for a new, legal cannabis industry in the state.

Since then, cities and towns have discussed whether they wish to welcome marijuana businesses in their communities. Such enterprises may be up and running later this year.

Back in August, Durham's Planning and Zoning Commission instituted a six-month moratorium on marijuana establishments and is considering extending it. Minutes from the Aug. 18, 2021 P&Z meeting state that a moratorium "is not a decision to prohibit cannabis establishments, it will provide the commission the opportunity to pause and research and write appropriate regulations and to also see how the state of CT works through the new bill."

The commission has scheduled a public hearing for Wednesday, Feb. 2 "To consider extending the temporary moratorium on Cannabis Related Uses through July 31, 2022. At this hearing, interested persons may appear and be heard and written communications will be received."

For more information, visit townofdurhamct.org.

Connecticut became the 19th state to legalize recreational use of marijuana, which remains an illegal drug under federal law.

Gov. Ned Lamont signed the bill – An Act Concerning Responsible and Equitabe Regulation of Adult-Use Cannabis – on June 22, 2021. The law went into effect days later, on July 1, and allows individuals age 21 and older to possess or consume up to 1.5 ounces (42.5 grams) of “cannabis plant material” and up to 5 ounces (141.7 grams) in a locked container in a home or in the trunk or locked glove box in the person’s vehicle.

“We had a chance to learn from others, and I think we’ve got it right here in the state of Connecticut,” Lamont said. “Maybe we weren’t the first but we were the first, I think, to show that we can get it right.”



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