Southington receives another application for medical marijuana dispensary in town – Meriden Record-Journal

SOUTHINGTON — Town planners are still considering a medical marijuana dispensary on Queen Street and have scheduled a hearing on another dispensary looking to open on Knotter Drive.

The Planning and Zoning Commission held a second lengthy public hearing on the Queen Street application Tuesday but didn’t take a vote.

Southington and surrounding towns have seen a surge in applications for medical marijuana dispensaries. The state Department of Consumer Protection is looking to license more facilities to handle the growth in patients with marijuana prescriptions. Local zoning approval is a requirement for a state license.

Praveen Dhulipalla, a pharmacist with locations around the state, is requesting a special permit for a dispensary at 995 Queen St.

Raj Patel, a partner with About Wellness LLC of Cromwell, is looking to establish a dispensary at 30 Knotter Drive. He chose the location since it’s in an industrial area away from homes.

Southington drew up regulations on medical marijuana dispensaries after the state allowed them. Patel said that was another reason he chose Southington.

“There are plenty of towns that do not allow or have moratoriums set up at this time. That is a challenge for us,” he said.

During Tuesday’s hearing, speakers on both sides of the marijuana debate spoke.

Tracy Wales, a River Street resident, said a medical marijuana dispensary so close to homes wasn’t appropriate.

“This is a residential, family neighborhood just houses down from where the kids get picked up by the bus,” she said. The proposed facility “doesn’t feel family oriented.”

Thomas O’Connell, a Southington resident who takes medical marijuana to treat pain from a back injury, said he’d like to see a dispensary closer to his home than where he currently goes in Bristol. Since he’s not allowed to drive while taking marijuana, he gets rides to pick up

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