A multistate cannabis operator has applied for a special permit to convert a vacant Newington retail building into a hybrid adult-use cannabis dispensary, which would sell recreational and medical marijuana products.
The property is located at 2903 Berlin Turnpike, the former home of the Bonefish Grill restaurant.
The applicant is Chicago-based Verano Holdings Corp., which purchased Willow Brook Wellness medical dispensary in Meriden in November and recently announced plans to buy Waterbury dispensary Caring Nature.
Verano also recently closed on an acquisition of Connecticut Pharmaceutical Solutions Inc. (CTPharma) in December. CTPharma has a cultivation and production facility in Rocky Hill as one of the state’s four licensed medical cannabis growers.
A public hearing is set for 7 p.m. May 11 before the Town Plan and Zoning Commission. The property is owned by GLM1867 Realty LLC, Newington Realty Inc.
Approval would be conditional upon Verano receiving a license from the state Department of Consumer Protection. The approval would expire if Verano fails to obtain a state license within six months.
The location is in the town’s newly established PD zone, which allows adult-use cannabis facilities. Verano says it chose Newington based on its proximity to other towns and “favorable building site.”