Should recreational cannabis dispensaries be permitted within Southington’s borders? This is the question that officials and the public will discuss at a meeting on Tuesday night.
Southington is the latest city to hold a public meeting to discuss how to move forward with the recreational sale of marijuana.
“Tonight’s meeting will be a discussion of whether we want to ban these recreational clinics or allow them where we might want them,” said Robert Hammersley, chairman of the Southington Planning and Zoning Commission.
The city has already put in place zoning bylaws for medical marijuana dispensaries, according to city officials.
“We revised them probably about two years ago to geographically limit where these potential dispensaries were allowed,” Hammersley said.
Now that the state has legalized cannabis, the city is back to the drawing board when it comes to recreational sales and the public will have a chance to have their say.
“We don’t often have the opportunity to create a new industry, we want to make sure it’s an industry that has sustainable jobs, good wages and good health insurance,” said Emily Sabo. , Organizing Director for the UFCW Local. 919. “This is an opportunity for residents to have their say rather than having a total ban, it will also allow the city to determine how they want to implement regulations and ordinances related to cannabis. “
Residents of the city have different beliefs about bringing the recreational sale of cannabis to the city.
“I think it should be in town,” said Barbara Baume, a Southing resident. “I think it should be votable because it impacts a lot of people.”
Baume said she was very much in the effort to bring recreation to the city. She also mentioned that she signed a petition to submit it to a public vote.
“I think it’s up to the city to decide, it’s not for the city council to decide,” Baume said. “I think it should be votable because it affects a lot of people.”
Despite the open discussion, not everyone agrees to bring dispensaries to the city.
Trudy Robinson told NBC Connecticut she opposes the sale of recreational cannabis in Southington, but believes people should be able to buy and indulge themselves if they stay off the roads.
“If people are going to do it at home in their own backyard, that’s fine,” said Robinson. “But, you know very well that they are going to smoke outside.”
City officials say no decision will be made on Tuesday evening.