Marijuana is legal in CT starting July 1, but what does that mean for Stamford? – The Advocate

STAMFORD — Starting on July 1, Connecticut is officially weed-friendly.

But that doesn’t mean Stamfordites should expect dispensaries on every corner. The long road toward buying cannabis in town involves plenty of state oversight and local decision-making at the hands of municipal zoning commissions about who can do what and where.

The basic rules are simple. Thanks to the new law, which Gov. Ned Lamont signed last week, people 21 and older can have up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis. In a locked container at home or in a car, adults can have up to five ounces.

For vendors, the easy part stops there. The state does not expect recreational sales to start until late 2022. Because of that, some rules remain unwritten.

“It’s legalized, but I think there’s still a lot of things sort of open, where we are waiting for guidance from the state,” Stamford’s chief zoning official Ralph Blessing told the Advocate. Because of that, he’s in no rush to have the board decide how the cannabis market could evolve locally.

The bill itself lays out introductory provisions on establishing dispensaries within

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