STRATFORD — State lawmakers recently eliminated the cap on the number of adult-use cannabis stores that can operate in a single city or town.
But in Stratford, where local officials earlier this year opened the door to the recreational marijuana industry, residents are unlikely to encounter more than a couple dispensaries anytime soon.
Instead, the town Zoning Commission is considering a change to the local code that would retain the state’s original population-based limit, which restricted dispensaries to just one store for every 25,000 residents.
If approved, the proposed tweak would mean the town, which boasts a population of about 52,000 residents, could allow only two cannabis retail shops, according to Stratford Planning and Zoning Administrator Jay Habansky.
“The idea is to honor the commission’s original decision to approve adult-use cannabis with the understanding that — at the beginning, at least — we would only be having two stores at the most,” Habansky said, noting the commission can change the cap at a later date.
After briefly considering a six-month moratorium, the Zoning Commission voted unanimously in late March to allow