DANBURY — Armored cars may soon be carrying pot instead of money to a former Danbury bank, as a Bethel-based medical marijuana dispensary aims to expand into the three-story building on the city’s west side.
D B Wellness, better known in Bethel for the last six years as the Compassionate Care Center, will ask the city’s Planning Commission on Wednesday to move its state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary to a Mill Plain Road strip mall at Interstate 84’s Exit 2.
“Hopefully we have addressed everything the city has asked us to do, and we are willing to continue working with the city to be sure this is approved,” said Carl Tirella, general manager of New York-based Acreage Holdings, which owns the Compassionate Care Center and two other marijuana facilities in Connecticut. “My hope is that we can get a vote (Wednesday) night.”
If there’s controversy like the kind that surfaced six years ago in Bethel when the dispensary eventually won approval over neighbors’ objections to become the first marijuana facility in Fairfield County, it has not shown up in Danbury at two recent public hearings in December and January.
On the contrary, the dispensary has racked up support from at least five