New Haven marijuana dispensary off i-91 facing pushback from city officials –

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A New Haven marijuana dispensary submitted an application to the city to move into a building off of I-91 but the plan is facing some opposition from city officials.

In April, the City Plan Commision received an application from the owner of Affinity Health and Wellness to take over 420 Middletown Ave., where 91 Diner currently stands. 

Affinity is currently on Whalley Ave. and was the first medical dispensary to open in the city back in 2019. In January of this year, business boomed when recreational marijuana sales started, and Affinity became a hybrid facility. 

If approved, the new location at 420 Middletown Ave. would be across from the closed Cine 4 theater, which will soon be a new early childcare center under the Friends Center for Children. Enrollment for the fall is expected to start early 2024. The executive director was not available for a comment. 

Five New Haven Alders wrote a letter opposing the idea, saying the dispensary is too close to the center and another school in the area.  They said, “we feel this type of business is not conducive or acceptable to the quality of life that our community has become accustomed to.”

New Haven Police Lieutenant Brian McDermott,

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