Should recreational cannabis dispensaries be allowed within Southington’s borders? It’s the question officials and the public will discuss during a Tuesday night meeting.
Southington is the latest town to host a public meeting to discuss how to move forward when it comes to the recreational sale of marijuana.
“Tonight’s meeting will be a discussion about if we like to prohibit these recreational dispensaries or allow where we might want those,” said Robert Hammersley, chair of Southington’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
The town already has zoning regulations in place for medical marijuana dispensaries according to town officials.
“We revised those probably about two years ago to geographically limit where those potential dispensaries were allowed,” said Hammersley.
Now that the state has legalized cannabis, the town is back to the drawing board when it comes to recreational sales and the public will have the chance to weigh in.
“We don’t often get the opportunity to create a new industry, we want to make sure that this is an industry that has long-sustaining jobs, good wages and good health insurance,” said Emily Sabo, director of organizing for UFCW Local 919. “This is an opportunity for residents to