Stratford limits pot dispensaries to two – The Advocate

STRATFORD — Residents interested in visiting a local adult-use cannabis dispensary will only have a couple of options once the burgeoning industry reaches Stratford.

The town Zoning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to restrict the number of recreational marijuana retail facilities to just two shops, a move that came after state lawmakers eliminated the cap on the number of stores that can operate in a single city or town

The original population-based limit restricted dispensaries to just one store for every 25,000 residents, which meant Stratford, a town of about 52,000, could only allow up to two locations.

Commission Chairperson Harold Watson called the commission’s decision to retain the cap a “conservative choice” and noted the rules could be changed again if the board decides to allow more stores in the future.

“It moves us forward with the rest of the world, but it gives us a little bit of control on the floodgates,” Watson said of the change to the town’s zoning rules.

After briefly considering a six-month moratorium, the commission voted

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