Orange residents will have chance to weigh in on recreational cannabis sales

Orange residents will have chance to weigh in on recreational cannabis sales
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By Pam McLoughlin

Residents will have a chance this week to weigh in on how — or whether — cannabis is sold in town.

Residents will have the opportunity Wednesday to weigh-in on three options regarding the sale of cannabis in town: whether to regulate, prohibit or impose a moratorium.

Members of the Town Plan and Zoning Commission in meeting discussions have stressed they want to hear the opinions of residents on which direction to take, as they, along with other communities grapple with decisions brought about by the legalization of recreational marijuana.

There are three options for folks to consider: regulate, prohibit or impose a moratorium.

Three public hearings — one on each option — will be held Wednesday, Nov. 3, beginning at 7 p.m. in the lower level of Town Hall. An agenda is available on the town website.

The Board of Selectmen recently banned smoking marijuana, as well as tobacco, and vaping on town-owned property.

Zoning officials are debating whether to allow retail sale of cannabis in town, which would be regulated by the state through licensing. Under the new laws in Connecticut, the number of licensed retail cannabis stores is determined by the population and, for Orange, that means one retail site.

Planners have more time than first thought because the state likely won’t issue licenses for retail sales until next year.

When the TPZC at a meeting last month started a conversation on the issue of retail marijuana sales, they admittedly went into it leaning toward a prohibition.

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