Police Chief Calls Approving Marijuana Sales in Old Saybrook ‘Negligent,’ Warns of Costs – CT Examiner

OLD SAYBROOK – At a public hearing on Monday night, Police Chief Michael Spera said that the town’s Zoning Commission would be “negligent” to approve a proposed marijuana dispensary that he warned would create a major public safety concern and require expanding the Old Saybrook Police Department.

Fine Fettle – which operates marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts, and medical marijuana dispensaries in Stamford, Newington and Willimantic – is applying for a special exception for a dispensary at 233 Boston Post Road, directly adjacent to the Route 1 off-ramp from Interstate 95 south.

Ben Zachs, CEO of Fine Fettle, said the heavily-regulated and secure dispensary – which would also need to obtain a state license in a highly-competitive process – would have 12 registers to serve about 35-40 customers an hour from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m – after an initial rush of about 55 per hour when it first opens. He said the dispensary could control the flow of traffic to the site by requiring customers to pre-order to pick up at an allotted time.

Zachs assured the commission and concerned members of the public at the Zoning Commission meeting on Monday night that, if approved, the company would

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