Zoning Rule Proposal On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Expected

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A local firm that wants to house a medical marijuana dispensary in an industrial building that it owns on Commerce Road is soon expected to submit proposed zoning regulations for such a dispensary to the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) for P&Z review and action.

Attorney Robert Hall, representing a firm known as 18 Commerce Road, LLC, which owns the industrial building at that address (pictured above), said this week that he expects to submit such proposed zoning regulations to the town Land Use Agency next week for P&Z consideration. Creating new zoning regulations requires a public hearing for public comment on the proposal before the P&Z can take action to approve, reject, or modify a proposal.

Mr Hall said that an application for such a dispensary has been submitted to the state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) for the 18 Commerce Road building.

Besides a town endorsement to allow a dispensary, such a facility would require approvals from the state’s medical marijuana program, which is administered and licensed by the state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP). The DCP has extensive regulations to control the production, handling, and sale of medical marijuana to people who meet the medical requirements to use the substance.

It is unclear what business entity submitted an application to DCP for a dispensary at 18 Commerce Road. The application deadline was April 10.

Catherine Blinder, a DCP spokeswoman, said on April 11 that 70 applicants have submitted applications for 76 locations in the state proposed as medical marijuana dispensaries. Within several months, DCP expects to select three to ten locations for new dispensaries, she said.

Until the DCP decides on the new dispensary locations, application information is kept confidential, Ms Blinder said.

At an April 5 P&Z session, Mr Hall

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