WINSTED — Since Connecticut took steps to legalize the sale and use of various types of cannabis, including marijuana, towns like Winsted have been examining the impact of welcoming businesses focused on providing those products to their customers, whether they sell it, or grow it themselves.
Members of the Planning & Zoning Commission discussed a draft ordinance change earlier this week and had more questions than answers for some of the concerns, such as how growers or manufacturers would be regulated if such a business were to move into town.
They also tried to understand the state’s plan allowing retail marijuana shops based on population — one for every 25,000 people — and that towns can receive up to 3 percent of a shop’s sales to be used for specific community improvements and programs.
Connecticut announced in early January that on Feb. 3 it will open its first 90-day application period for retailers and disproportionately impacted area cultivators. Application periods for other license types will open on a rolling basis.
The state will