Norwich can allow more marijuana dispensaries as CT lifts limit – Norwich Bulletin

NORWICH — When Connecticut started laying the groundwork for legal cannabis businesses last year, the state had a rule limiting the number of establishments in a given municipality.

Now that rule is gone.

State legislators eliminated the rule limiting the number of cannabis retail and micro-cultivation operations to 1 per 25,000 residents, meaning that cities and towns have more zoning decisions.

“It was a local zoning issue, even in the first iteration of the bill,” Kaitlyn Krasselt, communications director for the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, said. “It’s up to towns to decide how many businesses are appropriate for their town.”

Krasselt also said the commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection can reinstate the cap as soon as 2024.

“… it’s extremely unlikely that would happen, especially after all the businesses have opened,” she added.

Ginnie-Rae Clay, executive director of the Office of the Social Equity Council, which determines eligibility and provides support for social equity applicants in the state’s developing cannabis industry, said some municipalities wanted the change.