Stamford settles cannabis lawsuit, paving way for Sweetspot … – The Advocate

STAMFORD — Looking to avoid litigation, the Stamford Zoning Board will allow a cannabis company — whose special permit application it overwhelmingly rejected in June — to open a dispensary in Bull’s Head.

Earlier this month, the board voted 3-2 to approve a settlement with craft cannabis company Sweetspot. The company, whose owners hail from Stamford, sued the board in July, alleging that they acted “illegally” and “arbitrarily” in denying the proposal.

Board members and Land Use Bureau staff discussed the matter in a closed, executive session with legal counsel on Oct. 16, before taking the vote. Board members David Stein, Rosanne McManus and William Morris voted in favor, while Gerald Bosak Jr. and alternate member Racquel Smith-Anderson opposed the decision.

Stein moved to approve the settlement “for the reason that the terms of the settlement address the board’s traffic, location and public safety concerns by imposing various conditions on the applicant’s use.”

Among those conditions are:

Having a police officer manage traffic on High Ridge Road “for up to four months after the business opens;”

Requiring the business to evaluate and remediate any potential traffic impacts;

Having private security on site for four weeks after

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