Days after the governor signed legislation legalizing marijuana, some Danbury area communities aren’t ready to leap on board.
Newtown and Ridgefield plan to consider banning cannabis establishments, while Danbury looks to impose at least a temporary moratorium on them. Local police departments, meanwhile, are bracing for challenges, such as how to tell if someone is driving while high.
Danbury and Newtown officials say they aren’t saying no to cannabis establishments forever. Danbury officials say they want more time to decide how to regulate them or whether to prohibit them.
“The best way to do that is to take a time out,” said Sharon Calitro, the city’s planning director.
Danbury took the same pause when Connecticut approved medical marijuana, but now allows these dispensaries and expects one to move to the city soon.
The stigma against pot has died down in recent years, said Carl Tirella, general manager of New York-based Acreage Holdings, which owns the medicinal dispensary moving to Danbury.
“It has been amazing to watch the growth of the program from a few hundred patients to over 50,000 patients in just over seven years